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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Consecutive Winning Seasons

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          Among the goals of every team each season would be to complete the year with a winning record. Along those lines, which team has compiled the most consecutive winning seasons? The answer may surprise you.

          The Oneonta Redskins put together a streak of thirty-two straight seasons of winning more games than they lost. The streak began in 1958 under the guidance of head coach Bill Hawkins and continued through the 1994 season under the leadership of coach Maurice Carkuff. Other coaches in the middle included Hugh O'Shields, Jerry Elmore and Robert Herring. Not a bad list of Hall of Fames coaches.

          Three teams have current streaks of at least twenty consecutive winning seasons. Gordo leads the current teams with a string of twenty-two straight followed by Cullman and Demopolis with twenty each. Last year saw Vestavia Hills (22) and Trinity (32) end long streaks by finishing the season with losing records.

          One thing I noticed while doing this research was that the streaks are scattered throughout the past 100 years with no pattern emerging for one single era. Below is a list of every team with a streak of at least twenty consecutive winning seasons.

Consecutive Winning Seasons
37 Oneonta 1958-1994
32 Trinity 1982-2013
29 Clay County 1984-2012
29 Hazlewood 1976-2003
25 T.R. Miller 1982-2006

25 Sweet Water 1964-1989
24  Escambia County 1927-1950
24 Plainview 1987-2010
23 Sidney Lanier 1920-1942
23 Jeff Davis 1968-1990

22 Anniston 1923-1944
22 Gordo 1993-2014
22 Vestavia Hills 1990-2013
21 Marengo Academy 1970-1990
21 Tallassee 1929-1949

21 Bessemer 1918-1938
20 Vigor 1985-2004
20 Etowah 1945-1964
20 Hartselle 1976-1995
20 Tuscaloosa County 1928-1947

20 Sylacauga 1932-1951
20 Cullman 1995-2014
20 Demopolis 1995-2014
20 Fort Payne 1932-1951

           On the other end of the spectrum, Bullock County has struggled mightily over the past few decades to put together a winning team. Since 1972, over the course of 43 seasons, the Bullock County football team has failed to enjoy a single season where they won more games than they lost. The brightest spots were in 1996-1997 when the team finished with identical 5-5 records.

           Below is a list of the teams with the most consecutive losing seasons. That would be a streak of years where they lost more games than the team won. With a 6-5 record last year, R.C. Hatch put together their first winning season according to our records since 1970. They did finish 5-5 in 2011 to break the longest streak in history.

Consecutive Losing Seasons
39 R.C. Hatch 1970-2010
25 Lyman Ward 1990-2014
25 Sunshine 1972-1996
23 Bullock County 1973-1995
22 John Essex 1980-2001
21 Baker 1990-2010
21 Thorsby 1982-2002
21 Montgomery County 1965-1985
20 Talladega 1995-2014

David Parker

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