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Nine Teams Streaking Into Football Season

Posted: 09-01-2016 | Categories: Football

The high school football season in Louisiana officially kicks off tonight, and just under 300 schools hold aspirations of hoisting a state championship trophy at midfield of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Long before the bright lights of the Dome, coaches everywhere are tasked with making sure their student-athletes are locked in each and every week.

This time of year every team has a clean slate, but for the nine teams that boast double digit regular season win streaks, they hope to maintain their winning ways:

Team

Class /

Division

Regular Season Winning Streak

Last Loss

Destrehan Wildcats

5A

21

10/25/13 – 2-0 (f) at South Lafourche

St. Thomas Aquinas Falcons

III

19

9/5/14 – 40-26 at Loranger

Neville Tigers

4A

16

9/13/14 – 19-13 vs. Longview (TX)

Notre Dame Pioneers

III

15

10/2/14 – 56-28 vs. Catholic (NI)

St. Mary’s Tigers

IV

15

10/3/14 – 34-7 at Haughton

West Monroe Rebels

5A

15

10/3/14 – 27-20 vs. Calvary Baptist

Crowley Gents

4A

13

10/16/14 – 43-24 vs. LaGrange

Jena Giants

3A

12

10/24/14 – 31-28 vs. Buckeye

Madison Prep Chargers

III

11

10/31/14 – 29-22 at Faith Academy (AL)

 

 

The Destrehan Wildcats and head coach Stephen Robicheaux top the list with the only winning streak extending all the way back to 2013. During the span, Coach Robicheaux has graduated talent that is now spread all over the country. The Wildcats have dominated the River Parishes in Class 5A the past few years and have a Superdome appearance and runner-up trophy from 2014 to prove it.

The Wildcats were forced to forfeit the 2013 week 8 victory against South Lafourche after it was determined Destrehan assistant coaches had unauthorized access to the Tarpons Hudl password protected account. If not for that loss, Destrehan’s regular season winning streak would extend 29 games covering all of 2013-15.

Two SEC caliber players helped St. Thomas Aquinas put together perhaps the greatest run in Falcons football history. QB Cameron Dantzler and DL Edwin Alexander finished their high school careers having not lost in the regular season since week 1 of their junior year before heading off to Mississippi State and LSU respectively. Their regular season dominance carried over to modest postseason success as the Falcons advanced to the quarterfinals in 2014 and semifinals in 2015.

No team in Louisiana has been more dominant in the last five years than the Neville Tigers. The Tigers have won 48 of their last 49 regular season games dating back to a 20-19 loss at Ruston in week 6 of 2010. Neville’s only loss in that span was to the Lobos of Longview (TX), as part of the Battle on the Border, in week 2 of 2014.

Throughout the stretch, head coach Mickey McCarty has led Neville to an incredible four trips to the Superdome, winning three times.

West Monroe, Notre Dame and St. Mary’s were all able to build off of strong finishes in 2014 by running the table and going 10-0 last year. West Monroe, the #1 seed in Class 5A, was upset in the 2nd round of the playoffs; however, the Pioneers and Tigers parlayed their regular season success into trips to the state championship. St. Mary’s lost handily to Southern Lab, while Notre Dame and head coach Louie Cook took care of business against Riverside Academy winning their first title since 2009.

Crowley and Jena are two squads who took giant steps forward. The Gents have increased their regular season win totals each of the past four years, while the Giants had averaged five wins a year since 2011.

The final team on the list, Madison Prep, has only been playing varsity football since 2013, but that hasn’t stopped the Chargers from putting together an impressive streak. Head coach Mike Roach, with the help of his son and Texas signee Malcolm, has helped transform the culture of Madison Prep from strictly a “basketball school.”

Several teams hope to find themselves on this list a year from now. Until then, everyone is just 0-0.

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