Thanks to The Sand Mountain Reporter for the photo
The Fyffe Red Devil winning streak is over. It was ended by a good and determined Geraldine team, that being only 11 miles from Fyffe had viewed the streak and been victim to it on more than one occasion. In fact, in 2020, Fyffe had defeated Geraldine 51-7. But on a cool October evening last Friday on Sand Mountain, they defeated the Red Devils 20-19 on a fourth quarter touchdown pass.
Fyffe had won 51 games in a row, the nation's longest streak at the time. It fell short of Clay County's 55 game state record streak set from 1994-1997.
Fyffe's streak should be respected as one of the great accomplishments in AHSAA football history. Here are just a few more facts about the streak:
* Fyffe's last loss was November 24, 2017 when Sulligent beat them 35-28 in the third round of the 2A playoffs.
* Fyffe's last regular season loss before Friday was to Cleveland on September 4, 2015 by a score of 21-14.
*The Red Devils 52 game home win streak is still alive.
*Before the 2021 season, Fyffe had lost a total of 7 games in the last 10 seasons.
*Before the 2021 season, Fyffe had gone 15-0 in five of the last seven years.
* After winning the 2018 and 2019 2A State Championships, the Red Devils moved up in classification to 3A and went 15-0 to claim the 2020 3A Championship.
*Coach Paul Benefield has won 318 career games, one of only a handful of coaches to win 300 games in the state of Alabama.
*During Coach Benefield's 24 seasons at Fyffe, his team has won 10 or more games in 17 of those seasons.
* Fyffe has scored in the last 286 consecutive games.
*There have only been 14 seasons in AHSAA history where a team scored 700 or more points. Fyffe has done that 3 times, with a high of 751 points in 2014.
*Fyffe has had 3 head football coaches in the last 50 years.
Most coaches can understand just how hard it can be at times to even win one game. But few coaches have been in position to understand the pressure that such a streak can apply to a team made up of 15-18 year olds. The loss last Friday night may have ended Fyffe's win streak, but it has not come close in ending this great dynasty of Alabama high school football.