ELMORE — Edgewood, with this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings, has made more history.
The Wildcats are No. 1 in the AISA for the 44th consecutive poll, breaking Clay County’s record set in Class 2A from 1995-98.
“For Clay County to set the bar that high and now for us to push it higher, it’s a great honor,” Edgewood senior defensive lineman Austin Barnett said.
“It’s an honor for the teams before me and to the teams I’ve been on.”
Edgewood snapped Clay County’s win-streak record last year on its way to a fifth straight AISA championship.
The Wildcats (5-0) carry a 63-game winning streak into Friday’s home game against Lakeside (3-1). Clay County won 55 straight from 1994 until the 1997 playoffs.
“Setting these records says a lot about not only this team but our past teams,” Edgewood coach Bobby Carr said. “The challenge is to keep it there.
“Once you create a monster, which is what we’ve done, you have to feed that monster or it’s going to eat you.”
The Wildcats, who last lost late in the 2010 regular season, have been ranked No. 1 in the AISA since midway through 2011.
And a vast majority of their games have featured the suspense of a white mouse vs. a hungry snake.
Edgewood, of the 62 games played during the win streak (one was forfeited prior to kickoff), has won by an average of 34.7 points. Just four have been decided by eight points or less.
This year, the Wildcats are averaging more than 59 points per game. The combined halftime scores of their last four games is 199-0.
“We have to keep working because everybody else is trying to climb to get to you,” Carr said. “We tell our kids every day that we want to focus on them getting better in order to help this team win on Friday.”
LET’S GO STREAKING
Teams with the most consecutive weeks of being No. 1 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings, which began in 1980:
Team No. (Years)
Edgewood 44 (2011-today)
Clay Co. 43 (1995-98)
Sweet Water 34 (2007-10)
Madison Aca. 29 (2013-today)
Prattville 27 (2007-09)
Hoover 24 (2012-14)
Bessemer Aca. 24 (2006-08)
Robert E. Lee 22 (1986-87)
Cottonwood 21 (1986-87)