Maryville loses to Hillsboro after 74 wins

Updated: December 6, 2008, 8:41 PM ET
Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The nation's longest active high school football winning streak -- and fourth longest ever in 11-man play -- came to an end Saturday in Tennessee when Hillsboro beat Maryville 10-7 for the Class 4A state championship.

Jacob Noe kicked a 20-yard field goal with 8:52 left, and the Burros (13-2) held on to hand Maryville (14-1) its first loss since Nov. 28, 2003. The Rebels came into the game as four-time defending champions and had won 74 consecutive games.

Maryville owned the nation's longest active streak less than 24 hours. South Panola (Miss.) had its winning streak snapped at 89 when Meridian won the Mississippi Class 5A title in overtime Friday night.

"I hate that it ended like this, but I'm proud of our kids," Maryville coach George Quarles said.

Hillsboro won the state championship in 2003, but lost to Maryville in the 2001, 2002 and 2006 title games.

De La Salle (Calif) holds the record with 151 in a row from 1992-2004. Charlotte (N.C.) Independence won 109 in a row from 2000-2007.


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