Death of the USC-Cal Rivalry
Sports Ed. note: With USC taking a week off, our guest writer Zack Jerome takes a look at this supposed rivalry.
I went to Agoura High School. If you asked any of us back then who our rival was, we’d have told you Westlake High School, home of the Warriors (and a really disturbing wrestling hazing incident).
We never beat Westlake. I mean never. I was watching SportsCenter years later while attending USC and out of nowhere the anchor announces a highlight from the “Marmonte League” in California. Immediately, I knew. Agoura was on the verge of winning for the first time in something like a decade. All that was left was a kickoff to deal with. In true Westlake tradition, they crafted their own version of “The Play” and beat us in gut-wrenching fashion.
Needless to say, when you ask a Westlake Warrior who their rival is, he’ll tell you, “Thousand Oaks.” We can’t even get them to hate us back. It’s demoralizing.
This is the same thing that goes on between Cal and USC.