Preps consecutives by the numbers

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 - 3:10 pm

• 16: Consecutive non-winning seasons for Golden Sierra before a 10-2 breakthrough in 1993 under coach Terry Cox and his son Travis, a record-setting tailback. Said the coach then: "You have to change the culture or losing never leaves, and then it'll define you."

• 20: Consecutive losses for Valley, a streak that ended in 1994. "I felt like I woke up from a coma," said Dave Hoskins, who led Valley to the playoffs in 1994 and a 12-1 record in 1995.

• 22: Consecutive losses for Bear River, a streak that ended in 1988. Coach Terry Logue, still on staff, recalled that his linebackers were afraid to tackle, so he implemented more practice tackling drills. The Bruins became – and remain – a small-school power, going 13-0 in 1994.

• 26: Consecutive on-field losses by Galt, a streak that ended in 2002. The Warriors technically had the skid end at 21 when Burbank forfeited a win because of an ineligible player, but Galt finally celebrated with a victory over Los Banos. How bad was it? Galt's leading rusher at one point was the punter – on three busted plays and a fake.

• 28: Consecutive losses by Sacramento, a streak that ended in 1985. Coach Ron Reclusado received standing ovations from students and high-fives from administrators the following Monday after beating Rio Linda. Said Reclusado then: "My brother (Pete, a Sac High assistant) was getting phone calls from old girlfriends."

• 28: Consecutive losses for Encina – leading the state – that ended in 1990. The streak coincided with Encina changing its mascot from the Apaches to the Bulldogs. Tailback Greek Harvey helped end the streak.

• 30: Consecutive losses for Rio Linda, ending in 1983. Knights coach Don Dillon said it wasn't uncommon for players to skip practice to go quail hunting. "First thing we had to do was implement a no-hunting rule," Dillon said years later.

• 33: Consecutive losses for Colfax, then a Superior California record, ending in 1975. Twenty losses came under 23-year-old coach Bob Claycamp, who years later said, "I was young, dumb and naive." After helping Placer win five Sac-Joaquin Section titles as an assistant coach, Claycamp returned to Colfax as defensive coordinator as the school won its first section title in 1986.

• 36: Consecutive losses for McClatchy, then the state's longest skid that ended in 2005. After the Lions took a knee to clinch the victory over Rio Americano, one giddy player said: "We've been practicing that and knew our time would come."

• 55: Consecutive seasons without a league championship for San Juan, the longest drought in the region. The Spartans' last title came in 1958 under coach Dick Pierucci, who went on to coaching and athletic administration fame at Sacramento City College.

• 56: Consecutive losses over 11 years by Sacramento City Unified School District schools to Cordova, ending in 1987 with victories by Johnson and Kennedy.

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