The record holder for most consecutive 8-man football victories is on the doorstep of another remarkable feat: 100 straight wins.
On Friday night, Pahranagat Valley, from tiny Alamo, Nev., will travel to Indian Springs. The Panthers bring with them a 99-game winning streak, the longest 8-man consecutive victories streak in football history. One more win would officially push Pahranagat Valley into triple digits, a realm few programs have ever seen; only Northern California power De La Salle (151) and Charlotte Independence (109) have ever stretched a winning streak to at least 100 games.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that Pahranagat Valley will reach that 100-win plateau. Yes, Indian Springs enters the game winless, while Pahranagat Valley is (obviously) undefeated. Only one team, Spring Mountain, could venture any kind of a contest against the Panthers in an eventual 36-18 loss (the Panthers have three shutouts and two games allowing just eight points).
Still, with the additional pressure of becoming just the third program in history to reach 100 straight wins weighing on the Panthers (as much as anything ever weighs on the Panthers), all bets are at least slightly off.
Yet, with coach Ken Higbee at the helm, one thing is certain: The Panthers will have their focus on the task at hand, not on the larger significance a win would bring. By the time they get back to campus, the Panthers will be ready to ring their celebratory bell.