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In support of the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book & Almanac, here is a list of the top five football records in the team categories that will probably never be broken.
1. De La Salle (Concord) 151-Game Winning Streak
The legendary streak that began in 1992 and lasted until the first game of 2004 is by far a national record as well. The main reason that it may not ever be broken as a state record, though, has more to do with California now having CIF state bowl games. De La Salle has won four straight CIF Open Division bowl games and even though three of those four games were decided by halftime, it’s very difficult to foresee the Spartans winning 12 in a row in the same format. We hear all the time that there’s no way the national streak would have ever come close to 151 if De La Salle would have had to beat the best team in Southern California at the end of those seasons. Probably true, but it would still be 148-3 or 147-4 and no other school in the state (probably the nation) would be close.
2. Los Angeles High 15 Consecutive Shutout Wins
For the 1898 season, L.A. High went 8-0-2 and shut out every opponent, including USC twice (one of those was a 0-0 tie). The final five games of that season were shutout wins as were the first 10 games of the 1899 season. That’s 15 straight shutout wins. Given the nature of today’s offenses and the superior coaching, no team is ever going to come close to that total. The coach of those L.A. High teams was George Spence. Much later in L.A. High’s history, the school was proud to have produced 1996 Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown of the Dallas Cowboys plus five other alums who have been in the Super Bowl for a combined 11 appearances, led by Vernon Dean with three.
3. Carson -90 Rushing Yards Allowed In A Season
Led by a ferocious group of pass rushers that set a state record with 74 sacks in 12 games for nearly 600 yards in losses, the 1987 team at Carson was shown with a remarkable -90 rushing yards allowed for the same season. The Colts, who in those days kept the most meticulous stats we’ve ever seen, went 11-1 and were runner-up in the CIF L.A. City Section title with a No. 10 final Class AAAA state ranking (that’s how we did rankings then). Carson’s top pass rusher was all-state linebacker Arnold Ale, who the next season was starting at Notre Dame and later played in college at UCLA.
4. Diamond Bar 51 Interceptions In A Season
While that Carson team was known for its pass rush, one of the best groups in state history for picking off passes once they’ve been in the air was Diamond Bar’s 1984 team. The Brahmas, with head coach Terry Roche at the controls, grabbed 51 interceptions in a 14-0 season. That’s an average of more than four per game and is eight in front of the second-best team total for a season in state history. Diamond Bar’s 1984 team also is listed as the Division III State Team of the Year.
5. Los Angeles Wilson Seven Onside Kicks In A Game
Sportsmanship has always been stressed, but perhaps more now than in the past. That’s why Los Angeles Wilson’s seven onside kick attempts for one game (all, in fact, were in the first half) during a 63-0 win over Los Angeles Lincoln in 1977 will likely never be attempted again. The Mules recovered five of the onside kick attempts, which contributed to the lopsided score. Head coach Vic Cuccia of Wilson was the father of Wilson quarterback Ron Cuccia, who had seven touchdown passes in that one half. Cuccia didn’t throw any more because Lincoln refused to play the second half.