With the 2012 football season shifting into high gear this week, here are a few items of interest from around the state:
- Bishop England and Goose Creek own the longest current winning streaks in the state. The reigning 2A Division II champion Battling Bishops carry a 14-game winning streak into 2012's opener against West Ashley, while the 4A Dikvision II champion Gators opened the 2012 season with a Week Zero win over Fort Dorchester for its 14th consecutive triumph.
- There are a number of significant losing streaks still in play, including Lincoln (36), Kingstree (24), Whitmire (24), Colleton County (23), North (20) and Riverside (19). North Myrtle Beach stopped a 22-game skid with a Week Zero win over Waccamaw last week. Lincoln, which fell 52-6 to Academic Magnet last week, is mired in the fifth longest slump in the modern era of South Carolina prep football. The Yellow Jackets are closing in on Carolina (38 games between 2000 and 2004), Georgetown (39, 1993-96), Wade Hampton G (39, 1990-93) and Waccamaw (48, 1999-03).
- The longest current regular-season winning streak is 26 by Dillon, and the longest active winning streak in region games is 34 by Abbeville. Ironically, the modern era regular-season records in both categories is 54 wins in a row. Pickens built the regular-season mark between 1970 and 1975, while Stratford had the longest uninterrupted run of region success over the course of 10 seasons (1998-07).