ELMORE – It was one of many, but it wasn’t just another win for the Edgewood Wildcats.
A streak 1,464 days in the making, a 49-0 victory over Fort Dale Academy gave the Wildcats their 55th straight win to tie the state record for longest win streak.
“I told our kids when we first took over, and Edgewood hadn’t had a winning season since 1983, and we came in and I told our kids first day that their job is to put our program on the map,” Wildcats coach Bobby Carr said. “It’s taken a while, but we’ve got something special going on here at Edgewood.”
Edgewood’s Coach Bobby Carr, middle, talks to players after their game with Fort Dale at Edgewood Academy on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
The streak matches Clay County’s mark set from 1994-97. Edgewood (10-0, 6-0 Class AA, Region 2) now sits in fourth place all time for consecutive games without a loss, including ties.
The first of the 55 games came against Fort Dale on Oct. 28, 2010, and the streak has included four straight state championships.
Friday’s win also had special meaning for senior defensive end Jesse Benton, who honored his late brother, Jacob, by wearing his No. 69 jersey on senior night.
“It was a great feeling. It’s really hard to explain, but to wear this jersey and to tie the state record with his jersey on my back, it’s an honor,” Benton said. “Not only an honor, it’s a blessing in itself. He taught me pretty much everything I know about football.
“It’s just an honor to be a part of this team, and to honor him when I’m with it.”
Tonight’s win caps off a dominant regular season for the Wildcats, who have now finished the regular season undefeated for the fourth straight year, and fifth time under Carr’s 14-year tenure.
This was the fourth shutout of the year for Edgewood, whose closest game this season was a 41-point margin.
“Just chemistry, team, unity, brotherhood,” senior lineman Dillon “Pickle” Johnson said was the key to Edgewood’s success. “It’s awesome.”
Vanderbilt commit Josh Crawford ran for two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats on the ground. Ryan Bottoms threw a 22-yard touchdown to Jackson Tate, who also returned a punt for a touchdown. Bottoms also threw a touchdown to Tega Junior.
Herman McKenzie ran for a 10-yard score, and Tyler Price added a 30-yard touchdown run.
The Wildcats continue their quest for a fifth-straight state title and stand alone atop the state record winning streak when they host Pickens Academy for the first round of the playoffs next week.
“Getting (to the record) is one thing. That’s never been my goal as a head coach,” Carr said. “My goal as a head coach is to make sure these (players) become successful men one day. I guess God only knows the answer to (how long the streak will last).”