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KIRTLAND, Ohio (WJW) – Kirtland High School’s football team is holding strong.
“I think it just shows how hard work can really pay off,” said Senior Mason Rus, a running back and linebacker.
The Hornets are making national headlines with their 50-game win streak, the longest active streak in the country.
“They go above and beyond what we ask them to do. Each year when the season ends, the next day they’re in here trying to get better,” said Coach Tiger Laverde.
All those consecutive wins mean the current seniors have never lost a game in their entire high school football career.
“Everybody really appreciates what the guys have done before us, like classes before us and the opportunities they presented us,” said Rus.
Laverde was proud of his team’s accomplishment as they went for their 50th win when they played against the Orange Lions.
“We’re just trying to stay healthy and, you know, be playing our best football going into the playoffs,” Laverde said.
“I mean, it’s a cool little achievement. We’ve just got to keep working and it’s all about this year and trying to go four straight,” said Rus.
Four straight state championships, that is. The school has already won six titles in the past decade, including three in a row, a testament to the team Laverde has built.
“He’s been an amazing mentor for a lot of guys and he really has shaped us more off the field as he has on the field,” said Rus.
“My number one goal when I got hired, these kids graduate and say, ‘Man, that was so much fun. I’m glad I did that,”‘ said Laverde.
With seven more wins, Kirtland can break the all-time record for consecutive wins in Ohio, but their focus is on the here and now.
“We’re not worried about that. We have some great playoff games ahead of us and if you have one bad game, you’re going home,” said Laverde.
The band was warmed up, and the team was ready to step back under the Friday night lights and shine.
“We try to come out here and be as classy as possible, regardless of the situation and just do our job and have fun with each other,” said Rus.
The Hornets defeated Orange 41-7, claiming their 50th consecutive win.