Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Garinger could end streak this year

Browsing Garinger’s schedule, I see two possibilities the Wildcats have at ending that infamous losing streak, which is currently at 48 straight games.
First, two tidbits about the streak: Even if the Wildcats finish 0-11 this season, they would be two games shy of the N.C. record of 59 straight losses set by Gumberry in 1972-1978, and more than two years away from the national record of 82 straight losses set by Glascock County High in Gibson, Ga., in 1990-99.

Though Garinger has opened the season with a 65-0 loss to Myers Park and a 41-0 loss to Vance, both of those teams are considered solid and some of the best in the area.

This coming Oct. 5, Garinger hosts Berry, a team that squeaked past the Wildcats last year and has been outscored 78-7 in its first two games this season (losses to North Mecklenburg and Hopewell).

In last year’s game, Garinger trailed 14-6 late in the fourth quarter and was coming off a series where the Wildcats stopped Berry on fourth and 19 at Garinger’s 25. The Wildcats got as close as Berry's 14 with 2 minutes, 32 seconds left, but penalties ruined any chance of a score. Berry scored with seconds remaining to make the final score 20-6.

On Nov. 2, the last game of the year, Garinger visits Waddell.
Although Waddell ran away with a 35-6 victory last year and finished 4-7 overall, the Raiders displayed little offense in the other three victories which came against Berry (6-0), West Mecklenburg (7-0) and Harding (21-13).

This season, Waddell is 0-2 and has been outscored 85-6 in games against East Mecklenburg and South Mecklenburg.

Don’t count Garinger out, though. The season is young and after talking to first-year coach Chris Carter at the beginning of the season, I had the feeling he could help Garinger end the streak this year or next. -- Brett Honeycutt