Another major task of ours every summer is to update all of the all-time Cal-Hi Sports state football records (which don’t exist anywhere else) prior to the start of the upcoming season. We’re done with many of the team records and here’s a few highlights, including winning streaks, losing streaks, most yards rushing, most points scored, best records since 2010 and 2020 and much more.
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The school with the best record in the state since the beginning of the current decade and the only one that hasn’t lost yet is tiny Fall River of McArthur in the CIF Northern Section.
Yes, the Bulldogs have opted out of the CIF state bowl games every time except 2021, but regardless they are 25-0 after 12-0 and 13-0 seasons with no games played during the 2020 pandemic season. Fall River also is taking a 30-game winning streak into next season, which is the longest current win streak in the state. That wouldn’t have happened if St. John Bosco of Bellflower had not avenged an earlier loss and defeated Mater Dei of Santa Ana in last year’s CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship. The Monarchs did play in the 2020 pandemic season (didn’t lose), went unbeaten in 2021 and were unbeaten for the new decade before falling to the Braves.
There is a forfeit win over Weed that is on Fall River’s record for 2021, so while many have reported the team with a 31-game winning streak, forfeits don’t count in our records (never have and never will). On the field, the Bulldogs have a 30-game streak and they will need to get to 34 before going on to the all-time state list. They were unbeaten again last season despite a coaching change as former head coach Todd Sloat resigned after 2021 with Wesley Wadsworth taking over last season. Both are former Fall River players. The CIF Northern Section record of 36 set in 1953 by Willows also seems in jeopardy.
Another CIF Northern Section school, Orland, is starting 2023 with the state’s second longest current win streak. The Trojans were were the only team last season to go 15-0 and other than Fall River also was the only team in the state to finish unbeaten. Both teams also have now been added to our two lists of all-time undefeated football teams in state history.
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More on Top Teams From the 2020s So Far
On the field, both Mater Dei and St. John Bosco have been not just the best in California over recent seasons but it would be hard to even put any other team nationally up there with them. They’ve just been that dominant.
The Monarchs start 2023 with a 29-1 record over the past three seasons and only small school Fall River has a better record. Bosco, however, not only had previous losses to MD in 2020, 2021 and earlier in 2022, but there also was a loss in 2021 to Servite of Anaheim. The Braves, therefore, at 28-4 have some work to do to catch up to the Monarchs.
After Fall River and Mater Dei, the next two schools on the list are Marin Catholic of Kentfield and Inglewood. Those are the only two, in fact, with just two losses so far this decade.
The Wildcats went 5-0 in the pandemic season followed by 14-1 in 2021 (with a CIF D5-AA state title) and then 13-1 last season. Head coach Mazi Moayed’s squad also is now the only one in the state that can claim it has won at least 10 games for every season since 2010. Not even De La Salle can claim that anymore after it could only get to nine wins last season.
Inglewood posted a 4-0 record in the pandemic season and went 11-1 in 2021 and then 13-1 in 2022. Mil’Von James has been the head coach for all three of the seasons.
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Longest Current Losing Streaks
Cabrillo of Lompoc started last season with a win over Nordhoff of Ojai that snapped a 35-game losing streak that is on the all-time state list. It is hoped that the two longest losing streaks going into the upcoming season are snapped soon as well.
Both of those streaks are held by CIF Sac-Joaquin Section schools. The longest is at Riverbank as that team had another 0-10 season in 2022 that followed 0-9 in 2021, 0-4 in the pandemic season, 0-10 in 2019, 0-8 in 2018 and losses in the last four games in 2017. That’s a 41-game slide and means that Riverbank will need to avoid another 0-10 season because 51 would be a new state record. The record of 49 was set in 2008 by Ganesha of Pomona. The second longest of 38 straight losses is ongoing at Fairfield. The Falcons might have a longer one than Riverbank, but didn’t play in the 2020 pandemic season.
After those two SJS schools, next on the current state list is all the way down to 24 for Ygnacio Valley of Concord. The Wolves have had back-to-back 0-10 seasons with two losses in two games in 2020 and then losses in their final two games of 2019. Century of Santa Ana (0-22) is fourth.
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Back to the good stuff:
Rushing Yards, Scoring Points
Last season’s Granada Hills Charter squad made headlines for not completing a pass for the entire season but still making it to a CIF divisional state final. While the Highlanders did complete two passes in that state final and lost 32-8 in the rain and mud to San Marin of Novato in the D4-A championship, they were one of just a handful of teams from last season that have been added to the state records in an offensive category.
With Utah-bound Dijon Stanley (more than 2,700 yards) leading the way, Granada Hills (12-3) ended the season with 6,043 yards rushing as a team. That put the Highlanders No. 5 on the all-time state list (although they were still far behind the record total of 7,309 set in 2000 by Inglewood).
Another school that has been added to the most yards rushing (team) category for last season is Palo Verde of Blythe. That squad finished with 5,628 yards as a group with Markus Macon (2,160 yards) and Xavier Bejarano (1,930 yards) leading the way.
While there was just one team in the state last season to rush for 6,000 yards or more, there also was just one that was able to top 700 points scored. That team also was like Granada Hills because San Jacinto also lost in a CIF state final.
Despite its 36-34 loss in the CIF D3-AA state championship at Grant of Sacramento, San Jacinto scored 701 points in its 13-3 season. The Tigers scored 57 and 51 points in their first two playoff games. They won the CIFSS D8 crown with a 42-15 win against Orange.
Grant wasn’t far behind San Jacinto as a high scoring team for the season and also has gone into the state record book with 687 points in 16 games. Granada Hills (662) points and Manteca (643 points) also have been added to the team scoring category.
Centennial of Corona was the highest scoring team for the regular season once again. The Huskies, buoyed from an 85-0 romp in their first game against Corona, had 512 points in their 10 regular games for a 51.2 average. They were ousted in their first CIFSS D1 playoff game, 31-28, by Mission Viejo.
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