This is the first game for Camden in its new region. A state power in a notoriously weak region for over a decade,
Camden County, the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAAAA, has won 86 straight games that counted in region standings.
That streak is endangered this week as Camden travels to Valdosta.
The last 82 of those victories were won in old 3-AAAAA, a notoriously weak region that included several undersized Savannah schools that chose to play higher than their enrollment recommended.
That’s not to say the streak – which is a state record – was not impressive. It just means that the move to Region 1-AAAAAA this season marks a new era. The region features Lowndes and Colquitt County, current members of the Top 10. Even the region’s projected lower half of Coffee, Tift County and Brunswick would’ve been regular playoff teams in Camden’s old region.
For history’s sake, Camden did lose to a region opponent from the opposite subregion of 3-AAAAA in 2000. That was Benedictine. The last time a loss counted in region standings was 1999, when Camden was beaten by Brunswick.
Check out Camden’s history in region play on the site of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. What other schools have long dominated their regions?
Calhoun is another. The Yellow Jackets have a 72-game winning streak in region games.
The Georgia High School Football Historians Association was founded in 2002 by Loren Maxwell with the mission of documenting the history of high school football in the state. The association’s website has scores of games dating to 1894. Most school’s history of scores are complete back to 1948, when the Georgia High School Association put football-playing schools in classifications for the first time and held state championships. Also found on this site are state rankings, all-state players, state champions and much more.