A true high school football fairytale that played out in Southern California is coming under attack after the fact, with one local editorial calling a worst-to-first transformation at one high school “tainted” due to the number of transfer athletes employed en route to a crown.
According to the Acorn — a local newspaper that serves the Southern California communities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Oak Park and Westlake Village — the recent 13-2, CIF Western Division title campaign by Calabasas High was attained with a roster that, “relied on an influx of flashy out-of-district transfers, many of whom didn’t even know where Calabasas was until they were ushered into town.”
That’s a scathing indictment of a program that has completed a mind-blowing turnaround from nine victories across nine seasons to 13 in a single campaign. It may be a valid one, too; we don’t have enough prior or readily available knowledge to judge. If there is any truth to the rendition of events put forth by the Acorn, then the editorial’s coda provides the most telling assessment of the situation:
When you’ve been kicked to the mat as many times as Calabasas has, it feels good to return the favor. You can’t argue with that.
Let’s also keep it in perspective.
Calabasas has won at all costs.
Was it worth it?