Here are some things we learned around the state during the 2012 football season:
Three teams finished with perfect records – state champions Greenwood (15-0), Hartsville (15-0) and Christ Church (14-0). It was the first unbeaten, untied season for Greenwood since 1955. Hartsville claimed its first state championship in 24 years and posted its first flawless record since 1961. Christ Church secured its second straight Class 1A Division II title and carries the state’s longest winning streak into 2013 – 26 in a row.
The 10 longest winning streaks in South Carolina since 1970 are: Summerville 41 (1978-80), Myrtle Beach 38 (1980-82), Spartanburg 37 (1994-96), Fairfield Central 31 (1996-98), Chapin 30 (1973-75), Clinton (1971-73), Lewisville 30 (1986-88), Silver Bluff 30 (2000-01), Byrnes 29 (2002-04), Lamar 29 (2003-05).
Eight teams went the distance without winning a game. The futility was no hindrance for Scott’s Branch, which qualified for the 1A Division II state playoffs. The other winless outfits were Lugoff-Elgin, Clover and Colleton County in 4A, West-Oak in 3A, first-year Powersville in 2A and Lincoln and Whitmire in 1A. Lincoln, Colleton County and Whitmire carry historic losing streaks into 2013. Lincoln has dropped 45 in a row and is well within range of surpassing the all-time protracted skid in the modern era of 48 straight defeats by Waccamaw between 1999 and 2003. Lincoln has not tasted victory since Week 6 of the 2008 season – a 19-3 success against Branchville. Colleton County and Whitmire have both suffered through three consecutive winless campaigns and are both mired in 34-game losing streaks.
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The 10 longest winning streaks in South Carolina since 1970 are: Waccamaw 48 (1999-2003), Lincoln 45 (2008-2012), Georgetown 39 (1993-96), Wade Hampton (G) 39 (1990-93), Carolina 38 (2000-04), C.A. Johnson 34 (1995-99), Colleton County 34 (2009-12), Whitmire (2009-12), Lower Richland 32 (2004-06), Scott’s Branch 32 (2002-06), Columbia 32 (1982-85).
Abbeville’s 38-game region winning streak that stretched over parts of eight seasons (2005-12) came to an end against Ninety Six in the final week of the regular season. It was the fifth longest uninterrupted run of conference success in the modern era. The longest active region streak entering 2013 is Williston Elko with 29 in a row. Stratford's 54-0 run from 1997 to 2007 stands at the top of the charts.
Winning teams posted 50 or more points in record numbers of High School League games for the sixth straight season. The new standard in 2006 was 102 games. This year’s total came in at 202 games – the first time the 200-game barrier has been broken. The obvious rule of thumb these days in high school football is the best teams win because they out-score opponents as opposed to keeping the enemy off the scoreboard. For the first time, there were more games in which the winning team scored 50 or more points than teams that prevailed by shutout.