Another victory today! Riverheads has 1 of America's longest active winning streaks

Patrick Hite
Staunton News Leader
Riverheads players take the field before Friday's Region 1B championship game. Riverheads beat Buffalo Gap 37-0.

UPDATE, Saturday:

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GREENVILLE — As Riverheads continues to win football games, the program also continues to climb the national list of winning streaks.

MaxPreps posted a list of the longest active winning streaks in high school football this week. Riverheads is third with 48 wins in a row as it heads into the Virginia High School League Class 1 state football semifinals. Riverheads will host Region A champion Essex at 1 p.m. Saturday.

With a win, Riverheads would be tied for second on the list and earn a spot in the Class 1 state championship game. Currently, Bixby High School in Oklahoma is second in the nation after winning its 49th game in a row Thursday night to claim the Class 6AII state championship. 

Since Bixby's season is now over, Riverheads could be in second all by itself by winning the state championship. 

Kirtland High School in Ohio is No. 1 with 55 wins in a row. Kirtland plays Versailles Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for its state championship. 

Riverheads has outscored opponents 532-122 this season and is averaging 48 points a game. Riverheads closest game this season was an 18-point win over Stuarts Draft on Sept. 17. 

Riverheads is also nearing the Virginia state record of 52 games in a row. If the Gladiators beat Essex, which they are expected to do, they'll play for the state championship on Dec. 11 in Salem. Riverheads is a heavy favorite to win that title, which would be its sixth state championship in a row. 

Looking ahead — something coaches hate to do, but reporters love — if the Gladiators win their final two games this season and beat Waynesboro in next year's season opener, they would go on the road to play Parry McCluer with a chance to tie the state record.

If they were to break the record it would be at home in Game 3 against Class 3 Lord Botetourt. 

Tickets for the state semifinal game Saturday can only be purchased online at this link. Riverheads is 4-0 all-time against Essex with the last win coming in the 2019 state semifinals 56-15.  

List of Riverheads consecutive wins per fourseasonsfootball.com

2018    

9/22    Buffalo Gap, 42-7    

9/28    Stonewall Jackson, 65-7   

10/5     Wilson Memorial, 56-17    

10/12    Luray, 56-13    

10/19    Robert E. Lee Staunton, 49-10    

10/26    Central Woodstock, 35-19    

11/1    Page County, 56-0    

11/17    Altavista, 65-7          

11/23    William Campbell, 49-14    

12/1    Essex, 28-6      

12/8    Chilhowie, 35-7

2019  

8/30    Washington & Lee, 49-15    

9/6    Glenvar, 38-21    

9/13    East Rockingham, 52-6    

9/27    Colonial Beach, 55-15   

10/4    Skyline, 49-21    

10/11    Wilson Memorial, 48-0   

10/18    Fort Defiance, 28-0    

10/25    Staunton, 56-14    

11/1    Buffalo Gap, 49-14    

11/8    Stuarts Draft. 49- 14   

11/15    Rappahannack County, 45-0    

11/22    Franklin, 59-6    

11/29    Sussex Central, 46-0    

12/7    Essex, 56-15    

12/14    Galax, 31-24   

2021 (spring season)

2/27    Tazewell, 28-17    

3/5    Wilson Memorial, 47-7    

3/12    Fort Defiance, 49-6    

3/19    Staunton, 55-7    

3/26    Buffalo Gap, 63-18    

4/1    Stuarts Draft, 10-7 (OT)  

4/9    Altavista, 58-13    

4/16    Lunenburg Central, 56-7   

4/24    West Point, 52-8    

5/1    Galax, 65-29    

2021 (fall season)

8/27  Waynesboro, 55-14    

9/3  Parry McCluer, 49-0 

9/10 Lord Botetourt 62-38

9/17 Stuarts Draft 28-10

9/25 Tazewell 56-19

10/8 Buffalo Gap 42-0

10/16 Wilson Memorial 56-14

10/22 Fort Defiance 56-7

10/28 Staunton 56-7

11/5 Stuarts Draft 35-13

11/19 William Campbell 2-0 (forfeit)

11/26 Buffalo Gap 37-0

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