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|Ferriday streak lives on|
The Ferriday High football streak lives on.
Bastrop High School had its 49-game winning streak snapped Friday as the Rams fell to Evangel High 28-22.
That loss keeps Ferriday High's 54-game streak without a loss in tact for a while longer.
"I haven't really been keeping up with it until someone points something out," said former Ferriday High football coach Johnny "Red" Robertson, who spearheaded the Bulldog streak through the 1950s. "I figured it would be gone a long time ago. It does seem to make it more special the longer it stands."
The Bulldogs started their streak in 1953, winning four straight state championships. The streak ended in the 1957 season-opener against Block.
Bastrop does hold down the second spot now as they passed John Curtis, which won 43 straight games from 1979-82 and 43 straight from 1983-86.
Haynesville won 41 straight from 1990-92.
Ironically, it was Evangel who appeared to snap the streak back in the 1980s. Louisiana College head football coach Dennis Dunn had a 60-game winning streak at Evangel that was later cut to 30 because a player from Logansport was ruled ineligible in the late 1990s.
Bastrop head coach Brad Bradshaw said people would mention the Ferriday streak to him during the long run.
"It's very difficult to keep a streak like that going," Bradshaw said. "The pressure continues to mount and mount. You need to have pride in defeat and be a little humbled when you win."
Bradshaw said going through the 49-game streak helps him appreciate what Ferriday did back in the 1950s.
"That's a major accomplishment," he said. "I never saw them, but heard about them. Those teams were amazing. I always wanted to talk to someone associated with it to see how they dealt with it."
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