In one night, in one game, the Phoebus Phantoms of Hampton, Va. saw their 52-game winning streak snapped in 14-9 loss to local foe Woodside (Newport News, Va.).
Ranked as the No. 31 team in the POWERADE FAB 50, the Phantoms were enjoying the longest winning streak in VHSL history, and claimed the nation's longest winning streak until Woodside ended the run on Friday night. The longest active winning streak is now held by No. 19 in the FAB 50, Hamilton of Chandler, Ariz., having just defeated Basha (Chandler, Ariz.) 44-14 on Thursday for their 49th straight win.
The Phantoms took a 3-0 lead into the half, but a spirited effort from Woodside swayed the second half, particularly out of all-everything quarterback and defensive back Donnell Lewis, who led the offense throughout and hauled in a crucial interception on defense. The versatile performance from Lewis incited comparisons to former Hampton Roads area gridiron greats Allen Iverson and Ronald Curry. In the process, Woodside also took over first place in the Peninsula District.
The team's streak will go into the state record books as the longest winning streak in Virginia high school history, while a defunct school in Charlottesville, Va., Lane High School, had went 53 games without a loss (including two ties) from 1962-67. The winning streak for Phoebus began on Aug. 29, 2008 with a 47-7 drubbing of Maury (Norfolk, Va.), and ran all the way until Friday's close loss, and included three straight state title runs. The last time Phoebus had lost was to rival Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) in the 2007 state playoffs.