Ring that bell, Pahranagat Valley. You’ve earned it.
The Panthers set a new national 8-man football record with their 94th straight victory, rolling past opening night foe Wells by a final score of 54-8. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the game was practically over by halftime with the Panthers holding a 46-0 lead, setting up a second half of steady celebration, culminating with the team ringing the school’s celebratory bells to sound out the win across Alamo, Nev.
The Panthers had previously been tied with Shattuck (Okla.), which won 93 in a row between 2003 and 2009.
Win or not, longtime Pahranagat Valley coach Dr. Ken Higbee insisted that the streak wasn’t on the team’s mind at all before the game. It was all about starting with a win.
“The streak is completely secondary to everything we are doing.” Higbee told the Review-Journal. “It’s (about) more than football here. It’s about these kids.”
Those kids will head back on to the field against next Friday to try and extend the streak to 95, and move closer to nine full seasons since the school’s last loss.