Inside The State Record Book

Inglewood players (left) wore t-shirts for its 9-0 regular season after winning by 106-0 over Morningside.At right, players from St. Mary’s (Stockton) celebrate after extending state’s third longest all-time league win streak.Photos: @InglewoodSports & Mark Tennis / Cal-Hi Sports.

Inglewood’s 106-0 blowout win comes under scrutiny (and for good reason) and the individual plus team totals have already gone into the book. Asterisks are just added as well. We also have details from Stockton St. Mary’s extending its league win streak to 72 (now third longest in state history) and we have added new state record categories for kick returns and QB sacks.We hope you enjoy this free post on To join our Gold Club to get all new state rankings, state record updates (many after this weekend already added and all of the all-state team announcements, CLICK HERE.Fallout from Inglewood’s 106-0 triumph on Friday at Murdock Stadium on the campus of El Camino College in Torrance continued on Saturday.The Inglewood Unified School District issued a statement that was highly critical of the coaching decisions that led to such a lopsided blowout — including QB Justyn Martin still throwing passes in the second half after the Sentinels had scored 86 points in the first half — and said there would be an investigation.While Inglewood head coach Mil’von James did not return requests to answer questions from the media (L.A. Times & South Bay Daily Breeze), Morningside head coach Brian Collins did have some comments.”I think it was classless, but they’re grown men and I’m not going to tell them how to run their program,” Collins told the Daily Breeze.”Throwing the ball for four quarters with your starting quarterback just doesn’t seem right.Why take the chance of getting him hurt?”The CIF Southern Section also released a statement: “The CIF-SS condemns, in the strongest terms, results such as these.It is our expectation that the Inglewood administration will work towards putting in place an action plan so that an event such as this does not repeat itself.”

Jake Browning of Folsom was one of the two QBs to have state record of 10 TD passes for one game surpassed in Inglewood game.Photo: Mark Tennis.

From a state records standpoint, the 106-0 score may be ridiculous but it is not close to a record and isn’t even a school record.That’s because in the early years of football in the state in the 1910s and 1920s such scores were a lot more common.Teams didn’t have large rosters (subs weren’t always available to come in) and no one had a sense of running up the score as a sign of poor sportsmanship.People just didn’t think about it like that in those days.As an old school of well more than 100 years old, Inglewood had its share of those types of games.In 1914, the Sentinels defeated San Fernando 136-0, which is actually second on the all-time state list behind the record total of 141-0 set by Santa Rosa in a 1924 contest vs.St. Helena.Note: The CIF Southern Section records list 139 points by Inglewood in 1913, but our founder, the late Nelson Tennis plus the late Bruce McIntosh (well known for his collection of football scores) never went with that score.Our guess is that it’s simply an inputting error because the CIFSS book also incorrectly lists Bloomington with a 144-point game (that was actually its combined total for a game in 1994 with Lakewood Artesia).And here’s two of Inglewood’s losses in its early days: 129-0 to South Pasadena in 1913 and 128-6 to Los Angeles High in 1919.The Sentinels definitely didn’t need to put up such a score to demonstrate they are a talented team.They posted a 31-0 shutout of a Lawndale Leuzinger team in their previous game that we saw that was similar to Leuzinger’s losses earlier to state-ranked Mission Viejo and state-ranked Long Beach Poly.Quarterback Justyn Martin finished the game with 13 TD passes (his last one came in the final seconds of the game) and that will be a new state record.The previous record of 10 was first set in 1999 by then junior David Koral from Palisades of Pacific Palisades and then tied in 2012 by then sophomore Jake Browning of Folsom.The scores in those games: Palisades won 69-44 over Camp Kilpatrick of Malibu, Folsom won 68-28 over Woodcreek of Roseville.The message for setting single game records is clear: Do everything not to run up the score or have a bad defense that enables a first-team offense to stay on the field.Inglewood’s performance on Friday also was similar to one we recall in 1977 involving Wilson of Los Angeles and Lincoln of Los Angeles.Wilson QB Ron Cuccia, son of head coach Vic Cuccia, had seven TD passes at halftime of a game the Mules were leading 63-0.They also had successfully recovered several onside kicks.In that game, Lincoln refused to play the second half and a second half wasn’t played.No other details about Inglewood’s game were available on Sunday morning.It is known that the Sentinels led 52-0 after the first quarter and 86-0 at halftime.It is not known how many yards Martin had or if any of the team’s receivers may have set any records for TD catches.The 86 points for a half would be a state record (previous 83 for Selma vs Sanger in 1920).The 52 points would be in a tie for fourth (record is 58 for Vasquez of Acton vs.Frazier Mountain of Lebec in 1999).There will be questions about whether Inglewood’s points or Martin’s TD passes should even be counted.As compilers of California high school records for nearly 50 years, we only need to know whether the total happened or if it is correct.Evaluating sportsmanship should be left to others.That doesn’t prevent adding asterisks, however, to add details about each total (which already has been done in this case).The Inglewood team also learned on Sunday it would be traveling to play unbeaten St. Bonaventure of Ventura in the opening round of the CIFSS D2 playoffs.Those two schools ironically were supposed to play early in the season, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.FOR GOLD CLUB LISTSINGLE GAME STATE TEAM SCORING RECORDS, CLICK HERE.FOR GOLD CLUB LISTSINGLE GAME INDIVIDUAL STATE PASSING RECORDS, CLICK HERE.Stockton St. Mary’s ExtendsIts League Win Streak to 72 GamesOne of the longest league win streaks in state history was in serious jeopardy heading into the final two minutes of Stockton St. Mary’s playing against its top city rival from Lincoln of Stockton.The Trojans were leading 27-17 and needed one more play — a fourth down stop, a defensive turnover or getting a key first down on offense — to snap the Rams’ league win streak at 71 games.They got none of them, St. Mary’s scored twice and posted an improbable 31-27 comeback win.On a fourth-down play from the three-yard line with 1:55 left, Rams’ QB Cruz Herrera threw a pass into the end zone into heavy traffic but teammate Jamire Calvin came up with the ball for a touchdown that after the PAT cut the lead to 28-24.St. Mary’s still had two timeouts so there was no onside kick attempt, but Lincoln could have essentially iced the game by getting a first down on its next series.After two runs made it 3rd and 5 at the 35-yard line, QB Kenyon Nelson (who earlier threw a 70-yard TD pass and had a non-scoring 70-yard run to set up a score) went back to pass.It was a called play by head coach Natello Howard (according to the Stockton Record) but it was a disaster as the pass was intercepted by Andrew Andrade of St. Mary’s.It didn’t take long for the Rams to strike after getting the ball back.Herrera found junior Naseri Danielson in the flat on the next play and Danielson turned the corner and burst into the end zone for a 25-yard TD.Lincoln had no timeouts left, but could still win the game with a little more than a minute left.After a pass got the ball to the 47-yard line, Nelson threw into double-coverage and was picked by the Rams’ Joshua Watkins.That clinched the 31-27 victory.St. Mary’s thus extended its league win streak to 72 games.The Rams, who have not lost a league game since 2006 and have now defeated Lincoln 16 times in a row, have passed three others on the all-time state list this season.The only longer ones are by De La Salle of Concord (still going at 104 since 1989) and Long Beach Poly (had an 80-game league win streak from 1994 to 2008).


Deville “Djoker” Dickerson of Lompoc often plays along with his nickname.Photo:

Kick ReturnSeason & Career Records AddedAs current standout Deville “Djoker” Dickerson of Lompoc has been bringing back punts and kickoffs for touchdowns this season, it’s been another of our goals in the last few weeks to update and add several special teams categories to our online state records.Consider that task done.And Dickerson isn’t done yet, either.Lompoc (5-5) was selected to play in the CIFSS D9 playoffs on Sunday and will host Western of Anaheim on Friday.Dickerson did not have any return TDs last Friday in his team’s 60-7 win over Dos Pueblos of Goleta, but has four of them so far this season on both punts and kickoffs for a season total of eight.He also had two on punts and one on a kickoff in just four spring games and has a career total of 11. For kick return TDs in a season, Dickerson is now tied for third on the all-time state list and needs two to tie the state record of 10 set in 2003 by Joe Dickson of Sylmar.For kick return TDs for a career, Dickerson is currently in the tie for second with Jevon Holland of Oakland Bishop O’Dowd (currently in the NFL) behind the state record of 17 set from 1994 to 1996 by Tony Walker from Antelope Valley of Lancaster.FOR GOLD CLUB LIST FOR KICK RETURN TDS IN STATE HISTORY, CLICK HERE.QB Sack Single Season Record List AddedAccording to the MaxPreps season leader list checked out on Sunday, the current reported leader for season sacks is senior Blaze Iglesias of Orange.He had one in the Tigers’ 41-21 win against Santa Ana but has had four in two other games and will take a total of 19 into the CIFSS playoffs.It has now been determined that it will take 24 sacks for a season to get someone onto the all-time state list.The current record of 34 was set in 2004 by Ben Viramontes of South Gate.FOR GOLD CLUB LIST FOR MOST QB SACKS IN A SEASON IN STATE HISTORY, CLICK HERE.Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle:

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One Comment

  1. phil60
    Posted November 1, 2021 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    The behavior of the Inglewood coach was so outrageous that even Dick Vitale at ESPN weighed in on it. The Southern Section chose not to kick them out of the playoffs, but that would have penalized the kids.

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