By: John Raffel
Ithaca football's winning ways reaching various milestones
Steve Baker, of the Ithaca Area Historical Society, has pointed out several key highlights of Ithaca football's ongoing dominance in pasdt seasons.
“100 Game Winning Percentage” — Ithaca currently holds the state of Michigan High School football outright record at 97% (97-3). If Ithaca beats Muskegon Oakridge in the District Finals this weekend, its 42-28 loss to St. Charles on Oct, 16, 2009 will drop off the updated 100-game span leaving Ithaca with a 98 percent (98-2) winning percentage and increasing its record.
“National Winning Streak” — Ithaca currently leads the state of Michigan with a 24 game winning streak, which is also good for 23rd in the nation for 11-man high school football teams (see MaxPreps).
“Consecutive Double Digit Victories Seasons” – With last Friday night’s victory (No. 10 of the season), Ithaca now has eight consecutive double digit winning seasons, tying it for second place in Michigan High School Football History with Jackson Lumen Christi (1998-2005), Mendon (2007-2014) and Marine City (2004-2011). The state record is 10 consecutive double digit winning seasons held by East Grand Rapids (2001-2010).
“Consecutive Regular Season Victories” — With the team’s victory over Shepherd on 10/21/16 to end the regular season, Ithaca will carry its 64 game regular season winning streak over to next season. The 64-game streak is good for 3rd place all-time in MHSAA history behind Hudson (81 games) and Montrose (80 games).