SHATTUCK — Extending a state and national winning streak carries with it the pressure of not wanting to be the team that has the streak snapped. But, in Shattuck’s case, it’s somewhat appropriate that the 2009 team would shoulder the burden.
Shattuck saw its national eight-man winning streak end at 93 games Friday. A 16-12 loss to Deer Creek-Lamont in a Class C playoff game closed out both the record run and the 2009 season for the Indians.
"The guys handled it well,” said Shattuck coach Troy Bullard. "It’s going to happen. You can’t win every game forever. We had some adversity this year, and we feel fortunate to make it as far as we did.”
It was the first loss for Shattuck since a semifinal loss to Pond Creek-Hunter in 2002. The defeat ended another impressive streak — six consecutive state championships, one short of tying the state record.
Despite the expectation to come out victorious every time out, Shattuck players said they didn’t feel pressured by the streak.
"It was never a burden or anything,” said senior Brent Starbuck. "There was a little pressure to break the record. But other than that the only pressure is not wanting to be the team that loses.”
True, but if any team can still walk proud after seeing the streak snapped, it’s this 2009 club. The reason is simple: while seven teams combined to make up the winning streak, it was this year’s team and it alone that actually broke the record.