At one point, Del Oro (Calif.) High would have given anything for a .500 record. Now, they'll give anything for one more win, which will win them a truly shocking Division III title.
The story of the team's resurrection, as told by the Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson, is a truly amazing one. Six games into the 2010 season, Del Oro was 2-4 and longtime coach Casey Taylor was wondering if his excitable and inspiration methods were wearing off. Taylor, who has rebuilt the Del Oro program with aggressively competitive scheduling, seemed to have overextended his 2010 team, with little respite coming in the form of tough conference games.
With things spiraling downward, Del Oro lost six of their best players -- those Taylor identified as likely all-league picks -- to banishment or a decision to quit, all while those who remained fought among themselves incessantly.
"It was brutal," Taylor told the Bee. " You try to be a father figure, to help these kids. I know what football did for me (as aRead More »from Remarkable turnaround has team on cusp of surprising title