Opening week not kind to streaks, champs

Each year the high school football season is like a book and every week adds a new chapter to the story. If the rest of the 2011 season is anything like the opening week, this book will be an all-time thriller.

Just like a good book, this week's games kept fans on the edge of their seats. Some of the moments were unforgettable, to others though, they can't be forgotten soon enough.

The biggest storyline of the opening week could have been the streaks. The nation's longest active winning streak was snapped, as was the state's longest active losing streak.

West Rowan held the nation's longest active winning streak at 46 games. The Falcons have won three straight 3-A state championships and have bullied teams out of their way. It almost looked like they would never lose another game again until they faced Mooresville this week.

The Falcons were in control leading 14-7 in the late stages of the game when Mooresville fired the shots heard around the nation. In a desperation attempt on 4th & 22, Shawn Lester wrestled away a tipped pass that was nearly intercepted and raced 36 yards for the game tying touchdown.

On the very next possession, and inside of two minutes remaining, Blue Devils quarterback Deonte Black ran for 62 yards in two plays, the last one a 36-yard touchdown run that sealed the victory and ended the Falcons 46-game winning streak.

It was Aug. 29, 2008, the last time West Rowan had lost a football game. You would have to go back to Sept. 28, 2007, when Green Hope had last won a game. That night it was a 27-20 victory over rival Panther Creek, who had no seniors on its varsity team.

But on a night that one Falcon team ended a winning streak, another Falcon team ended their losing streak. After 38 straight defeats, Green Hope finally broke into the win column with a 38-0 victory over Smithfield-Selma.

Central Cabarrus had the state's second longest losing streak at 35 games. It had been since Aug. 31, 2007, since the Vikings had last won a football game. They were facing a team they had not beat since 1973, but managed to defeat South Rowan 31-23 on Friday, despite allowing the Raiders to rack up over 400 yards of total offense.

The most shocking story of the weekend could be the fact that five of the eight defending state champions lost their season-opening game.

Defending 4-AA champion Butler saw their 31-game winning streak end at the hands of Mallard Creek, while 4-A champ Hillside lost a 27-19 game to New Bern, ending the Hornets' 16-game winning streak.

Tarboro had won 24-straight games and was the defending 2-A state champions, but the Vikings saw their streak end at Nash Central on Monday night.

Albemarle, which has been one of the most dominant 1-AA teams over the past decade, had its 12-game winning streak end with a 9-7 loss to West Stokes.

It is possible that we could see a sixth defending champion lose their season opener this Friday as 3-AA champs Northern Guilford faces Greensboro Page on the road.


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