There's Losing Streaks, And Then There's Losing Streaks

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La Salle-Peru High in La Salle, Illinois has played Geneseo High in football every year—sometimes twice a year—since 1919....and lost every single time. A 90-year losing streak. So they were probably pretty happy when they won last week.

Last Friday, senior Jake Steele kicked a 25-yard field goal with 7.4 seconds left to end one of the most pathetic stories in the history of sports. In your face, Woodrow Wilson! (I'm pretty sure he said it would never happen.) Trailing by one , the team marched down the field with 1:47 left in the game to pull off the miracle win (they're even ranked now), which is way better than the time the current senior class lost to Geneseo 3-0. Or the time later that same season, when they ran into them in the state playoffs and lost in double overtime. Those games were probably not as fun.

Nearly a century of losing to the same team Every. Single. Year. Incredible. Thankfully, after the game Steele was able to keep things in perspective.

"This is not only the best moment of my athletic career, this is the best moment of my life. I've never been happier than I am now. I don't think I ever will be happier than I am now."


Ah, high school.

Seniors enjoying win over Green Machine [La Salle News Tribune]
Illinois team ends 90-year losing streak [Rivals]