On the same night that Kimberly (Wisc.) completed another perfect season and pushed the nation’s longest winning streak at 56 games, two other schools saw extended runs end as Mission Viejo (Calif.) and Heritage Hall (Okla.) lost.
In California, Mission Viejo saw its 39-game run end as Rancho Cucamonga pulled off an efficient 42-26 victory in a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal.
Under Armour All-American Jaylon Redd scored two touchdowns early in the third quarter to give Rancho a 21-13 lead that it never relinquished. The Cougars scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter before defensive back Thomas Graham, also an Under Armour All-American, returned an interception 70 yards for a TD with 1:32 remaining. Mission Viejo was trailing by nine at the time.
“We just grinded it out,” Cougars coach Nick Baiz told the Inland Daily Bulletin. “I’m just proud of our guys for banging it out. We played a four-quarter game and put it away at the end.”
Next up for Rancho Cucamonga is a showdown with undefeated Mater Dei (Santa Ana), the No. 3 team in the Super 25 Mater Dei, a 63-30 winner against Vista Murrieta.
Meanwhile in Oklahoma, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City) lost 32-7 to Cascia in the 4A state quarterfinals, snapping a 38-game win streak that dated back to Sept. 19, 2014.
“It’s incredible to think back on,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert told his team, according to The Oklahoman. “There are lessons to be learned in football. Sadly, they can’t all be winning state titles.”
Playing without injured star quarterback, Blake Adams, Heritage Hall was limited to 143 total yards.
Cascia had four interceptions and forced two safeties in the victory and running back Grant Ward ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns.