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Death of the USC-Cal Rivalry

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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.

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This is the same thing that goes on between Cal and USC.