We’re going to assume after 399 games that on Friday of this week the Los Alamitos High football team will score at least once in its game against Newport Harbor of Newport Beach at Cerritos College.
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That would make it 400 straight games by our count since the Griffins were last shutout during the 1987 season.
The Los Al streak surpassed the Cal-Hi Sports state record in that category in the 2013 season. At the time, the Griffins were a couple of games behind a similar streak at Nevada Union of Grass Valley. The Miners lost that year, however, 43-0 to Elk Grove (coached ironically at the time by NU alum Chris Nixon) so its streak was snapped at 344 games. That one began in 1984.
Since then, longtime Los Al head coach John Barnes (one of the winningest in state history) has retired and new head coach Ray Fenton has taken over. The streak has had a few scares, like in 2015 when the Griffins lost 20-7 to Fountain Valley, but it hasn’t ended and this year’s team was taking a 5-1 record into this week’s game vs. Newport Harbor. With the streak at 393 to start the season, the seventh game this season would make it 400.
We checked the National Federation State High School Association record book, which lists the national record in that category as 356 by John Curtis Christian of River Ridge, La., set between 1979 and 2004. We would say therefore that Los Al’s total is a reported ongoing national record.
If you’re wondering about other prolific programs in California history in this particular category, Mission Viejo hasn’t been shut out since 1995 and has a current streak of 290 games. Corona Centennial is right behind at 287 and hasn’t been shut out since 1998. De La Salle of Concord had a streak of 308 games in which it scored at least once stopped in 2005 in a 7-0 loss to Clovis West of Fresno.