by Daniel Olsen
Over the decades, several powerhouse high school football teams have emerged in the state of Utah. Beneath the Friday night lights, unbeaten teams have won region championships and eventually hoisted the UHSAA emblazoned trophy. However, there have only been a handful of teams that have maintained that winning streak across multiple seasons. In honor of recent impressive win streaks that have come to an end, it’s time to go over the top win streaks in state history.
The two-time 4A state champion Sky View Bobcats saw their 27-game win streak snapped this season with a 43-6 blowout loss to Rigby, Idaho. If that wasn’t enough, they lost to a Utah opponent the following week (Mountain Ridge).
Rich High School also had a long win streak of their own as they won 28 straight from 1994-1997. Just south of Bear Lake, the Rebels ransacked the 1A division in a time where their football team was as famous as their raspberry shakes. They earned a three-peat during this streak.
5. San Juan (30)
Near Forrest Gump Point, there was one team that kept running the show at the turn of the 2000s. From 2009-2011 there was nothing bland about the Broncos from Blanding, Utah. They beat South Summit in back-to-back state championships at the 2A level.
4. Beaver (34)
While they weren’t the only team with a long winning streak to lose over the weekend, the Beaver Beavers missed on an opportunity to inch closer to the third spot in winning-streak history. They dropped a close one 8-0 at home to San Juan but still climbed up to a top five spot this season.
The two-time defending champs of 2A had to grind out a few close wins this year to get to that point. Four of their wins this year have been by one possession.
3. Timpview (36)
The Thunderbirds were once an icon in the state of Utah in the 2000s. While Green Day was blaring on the radio, Timpview was dominating the 4A division. They won four straight state titles from 2006-2009. They set a record for longest win streak at the time. Their team was a great recruiting ground for the college team in their backyard: the BYU Cougars.
2. Duchesne (48)
Deep in the eastern wilderness of the Beehive State lies Duchesne County, whose population is just shy of 20,000 people. However, their Duchesne High Eagles were the highlight of prep football in the state of Utah a decade ago. From 2010-2014 they rattled off 48 wins in a row. The streak ended early in the 2014 season to North Summit with a 14-12 loss. The Eagles flew until their wings could no longer do so. They remained alone on top of the win streak mountain for seven years.
1. Corner Canyon (48)
While they did not set the outright record, there’s no recency bias here. There are no days off in 6A. Since former BYU and current New York Jets star Zach Wilson led Corner Canyon to a runner-up finish in 2017, the Chargers did not lose a game. They transitioned from one college quarterback to another with Jaxson Dart accepting an offer to USC after winning the third consecutive championship for the Chargers.
After 48 wins, Corner Canyon joined Duchesne on the mountain of longest winning streaks in UHSAA history. At this point, they faced the ultimate obstacle in fellow 6A powerhouse Lone Peak. This resulted in a 41-16 loss for the Chargers which was the first time in over 1,000 days.
While powerhouse teams emerge every so often, it’s time for a fresh new streak to start. Who will start racking up wins and carrying it into next year? Only time will tell. For now, Beaver, Sky View and Corner Canyon will look to get back on track and start new winning streaks when the UHSAA State Playoffs get underway in the coming weeks.
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