History lesson: Camden’s 86-game region win streak is threatened

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.

16 comments Add your comment

Jefferson

September 26th, 2012
10:03 am

Calhoun’s is 87 because subregions are in your region, but you can look the other way if you want.

topper

September 26th, 2012
10:21 am

I am so glad to see Camden out of the old Region 3!!! Looking forward to a trip to Valdosta friday night. I predict that the Wildcats will walk out a winner Friday night. Hehehe

Jefferson

September 26th, 2012
12:17 pm

If the cross over sub region games played a part in playoff tie breakers you have to include those wins.

Ernest

September 26th, 2012
12:28 pm

Being from Savannah, I’m glad to see the public schools FINALLY choose to play in a classification based on their actual FTE numbers. The Savannah public schools, with few exceptions, have never been competitive in football but always played up because of their basketball history.

It will also be good to see Camden County played in a competitive region. Their accomplishments over the years has been amazing and there is no reason why they can’t prove they are one of the top teams in GA.

5-Time

September 26th, 2012
12:31 pm

All that’s gonna change as long as Camden’s in Region 1!! They might do well this year. Or maybe even next year, but in this Region, it’s tough to go undefeated year in and year out!! Talent comes and goes every year in Region 1….

Camden 79

September 26th, 2012
1:47 pm

Hey 5-Time not at Camden son we just reload every year

StingerSplash

September 26th, 2012
2:49 pm

So what you’re saying is … 3-5A was a notoriously weak region?

5-Time

September 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

Really?? So, you guys are gonna go undefeated every year in Region 1?? I think you been stuck in Region 3 for tooo long buddy!! You lucky Camden wasn’t in our Region in 04 and 07!! Because it would’ve been 2 shut outs!! And not just one!! Where was your talent then?? Lets be more realistic!!

5-Time

September 26th, 2012
2:59 pm

Like I said, Talent comes and goes!!

Ernest

September 26th, 2012
3:16 pm

StingerSplash, yes the old 3-AAAAA was notoriously weak in football. Most of the schools had around 1200 students, if that many. They did compete in all other sports but for football, many of them could be homecoming opponents for the rest of AAAAA.

camdenfan2013

September 26th, 2012
5:59 pm

The streak will continue this week.

Dum-Bass

September 26th, 2012
6:00 pm

Sorry but Valdosta is not strong enough this year to beat CC. It will have to come down to Lowndes and Colquitt Co. The game I would love to see is Northside/WR-Camden County.

sportsnut

September 26th, 2012
8:07 pm

Over a decade ? All that talk.

robert

September 26th, 2012
10:29 pm

Our 9th & Jr Varisty teams plus middle school teams at Camden are beating all their competition as we speak. We play Jr varisty mostly at the (9th grade level because most schools around us don’t have enough ninth graders to field a team so that helps them at early age play older players. Also, middle schools play Fla teams in Nassau County and Jacksonville. Like Bolles in Jacksonville a private school who recruits from the whole nation and our middle schools beat them. We have a system in place all the way to the pony and midget leagues that use our high schools offense and defense so they have it engrained in them by the time they get to high school. Having one county school allows this. Camden has some very good young talent waiting in the wings and if the base realignment upcoming happens as thought we may gain from other bases closing or being cut back. Go Cats from Camden as they relish their new challenge.

CoffeeC100

September 27th, 2012
6:26 am

@All you Camden boasters. You are good and you just might be the best… But your cakewalk is over.

Camden74

September 27th, 2012
11:14 am

LOL…….There is NO threat! This is a NEW classification, new region and the start of a NEW tradition! Go Camden County Wildcats! :-D