Regina picked up a tie on Saturday.
Not on the field — the top-ranked Regals rolled past No. 8 North Fayette Valley 45-21 in the 1A semifinals at the UNI Dome — but in the history books, where Regina matched the state record for consecutive victories with 55.
Regina will have a chance to hold the record all on its own when it faces No. 4 Fort Dodge St. Edmond (13-0) in the Class 1A title game at 11:06 a.m. Friday.
“Right now the mentality is keep the streak going, and we want to win a championship, that is the only goal,” junior quarterback Drew Cook said. “We are going to work as hard as we can to achieve that goal, and it’s been a great year, and I have to give credit to all the years before this that have added on to the streak and made it possible.”
Waterloo East won 55 straight games from 1965 to 1971, but no team has won more than 50 since.
Harlan was the closest to the streak with 49 straight wins from 2003 to 2006.
Solon was the last team to seriously threaten the Trojans’ streak, winning 42 straight games before a 2010 loss to Regina.
That 21-15 win over Solon in 2010 was win number two for Regina in its current streak.
“When you are doing something with coaches that you really respect and admire and kids that you really care about, it is fun to be a part of,” Regina coach Marv Cook said.
Along with the winning streak, Regina also has a streak of consecutive state titles.
The Regals won the first of its three straight state titles in 2010, winning the 2A championship that year and again in 2011.
Regina was the 1A champion last season.
No team has ever won four straight state titles in undefeated seasons.
“It’s a great thing for the Regina community,” Senior running back Riley Dixon said. “It started back when I was a freshman and the things that I have experienced through this Regina career are unbelievable, and I’ll never forget it.”