Michigan High School Football’s longest losing streaks

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Let me clarify the title, it would be “active” or “current” losing streaks in Michigan high school football.

I started following this because of Tim Staudt and Jim Hornberger’s penchant for “going bottom of the league” in just about anything in sports.

You guys know how Tim is!!! Recruiting Rankings, Baseball Rankings, etc. Tim (and Jim) go all the way down the leaderboard. That’s why, people… smh.

But whatever, there was an article on MLive.com on the longest active losing streaks in Michigan high school football in 2014. And from this day forward, I’ve compiled and updated the list (not just for them, but for you as well). I used MHSAA.com and michigan-football.com to help with the updated list you see below.

Now before revealing Michigan’s seven longest active streaks. I sincerely hope that all of these schools can turn things around this year or in the near future and win at least a few games. They can therefore leave this list!

There’s no streak like Martin’s 55-game losing streak that you saw almost 10 years ago. But there are several sequences that date back to before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alright, here they are:

1. PONTIAC PHOENIX (33 STRAIGHT LOSSES)

The Phoenix made the playoffs in 2008 (their first year of play after the merger of Pontiac Northern and Central HS). But they had fallen on hard times. They haven’t won since Week 1 of the 2018 season when they beat Detroit Voyageur 28-8.

2. NEW HAVEN ROCKETS (31 STRAIGHT LOSSES)

The Rockets haven’t won since Week 9 of the 2017 season when they beat Lakeview HS 35-22. Their last winning season dates back to 2006 with a 6-5 record. It was also the last time they competed in the MHSAA playoffs (not including the 2020 playoffs, which everyone entered due to COVID-19).

3. CASEVILLE EAGLES (27 FAILURES IN A ROW)

Caseville have been winless since Week 6 of the 2018 season when they annihilated Akron-Fairgrove 54-8. They have won just 12 games since starting their 8-man program in 2012. They went 4-5 in 2015 and 2018, the best records in school history.

4 (EQUALITY). HOLLAND WEST OTTAWA PANTHERS (26 STRAIGHT LOSS)

This one is really surprising since W. Ottawa is one of the largest schools in the state. Many more children to choose from. But the Panthers haven’t won a game since Week 8 of the 2018 season, a 42-0 shutout of Grand Haven. But it’s not easy for them as they play in one of the best leagues in the state, the Ottwaw-Kent Red Division.

4 (EQUALITY). WALLED LAKE CENTRAL VIKINGS (26 STRAIGHT LOSS)

The Vikings made the playoffs in 2017 but have only won two games since. They beat Waterford Kettering 38-37 in Week 8 of 2018 for their latest win. They nearly broke the streak last season in Week 7, but lost to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 7-6.

6. OKEMOS WOLVES (23 STRAIGHT LOSSES)

Formerly known as Chieftans, then Chiefs. Okemos has struggled a lot since making the playoffs in 2018. Their last victory was in Week 2 of 2019 when they knocked out Ann Arbor Skyline 42-10. And they scored 7 points last season (on a punt return). They have a new coach in former East Lansing HS star Efe-Scott Emokpour and hopefully he can start to turn things around this season.

7. LITCHFIELD TERRIERS (20 STRAIGHT LOSSES)

The Terriers were very good at one point in 11-a-side football. They made the Class D final in 1994 before losing to perennial powerhouse Beal City 35-14. Ever since I switched to 8-man football, it’s been a struggle. After making the first playoffs at 8 in 2012 (finishing 6-5), they have only won six games since. The last being in week 4 of the 2019 season when they beat Waldron 36-22.

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