When a school struggles as much as the Division II Lock Haven Bald Eagles have over the past five seasons, a single win is cause for the celebration of a lifetime. Following the Bald Eagles’ 15-7 win over the Cheyney Wolves, the students did what any good fan base would do after 52 straight days of frustration:
Losing streaks of the type that Lock Haven has suffered through– up to yesterday– aren’t all that common but they certainly have happened before. The longest losing streak in Division I football history was trudged through by the Northwestern Wildcats between 1979-1982, as they lost 34 straight.
The Division III Macalester Scots hold that division’s record of infamy, as the 1974-1980 squads lost 50 consecutive games. Terrible, but not quite as bad as the worst team in college football.
The worst of the worst were– and likely always will be– the 1989-1998 Prairie View A&M Panthers who lost 80 straight games before picking up a 14-12 win over Langston on September 26, 1998 to snap the streak.
You have to feel happy for the Lock Haven seniors to pick up a win in their final game in college football after four years of infamy. Even at the Division II level, these young men put in a ton of time to compete, and I can only imagine how difficult it was for them to stay committed when there was a good chance– no matter how hard they worked during the week– that when Sunday rolled around, a loss was imminent.
Congrats Lock Haven– you deserve it!
On the bright side, Prairie View will always still be worse.
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