It would be pretty hard to have a better day than the one enjoyed by the Regina High (Iowa City) football program. Entering the Class 1A state title game against St. Edmond (Fort Dodge), the Regina Regals were riding a 55-game winning streak. Four quarters later, the Regals were alone atop the Iowa record books with 56 consecutive victories.
The 35-0 title-winning rout earned Regina a fourth straight title — two have come in Class 1A and two in Class 2A — and brought Regina within 12 victories of the top current streak in the nation, held by 8-man football squad Pahranagat Valley High (Alamo, Nev.).
In a unique twist, the coach who fell short in the state final — St. Edmond head coach Dick Tighe — is Iowa’s all-time career victories leader with 413.
If you’re wondering how long it takes to accumulate 56 straight wins, the last time Regina lost was in November 2009, when Barack Obama was less than a full year into his first term. That defeat came at the hands of Solon High in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state tournament.
No one has been able to catch up with Regina since, whether in the playoffs or regular season.
Regina became just the second Iowa school ever to capture four straight state titles. In 2014, they’ll go for five while also trying to enhance their lead in the state record book.
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