Well, the wild road show that is Stallworth Academy, formerly Hancock Christian, is on hold this week. Carmel has decided to cancel its game with the first-year program. In a way I don’t blame them because, based on what the coach said, there was some deception going around about what kind of a team it is.
I know some have said on here that those players have the right to play and I agree. My main objection is to a coach going out and selling his team as a first-year team trying to build a program when they’ve got some legitimate Division I talent out there. And, if you believe what the coaches said in the Monterey Herald story, the Stallworth coaches haven’t been very accomodating. It appears these games were scheduled because Stallworth called down there after learning of Wilson Prep canceling its program, so Stallworth was trying to help these teams fill their schedule. My guess is these coaches thought they’d be playing a team similar to Wilson Prep. That’s definitely not the case. It looks like Greenfield also will not play them, however Monterey — Encinal’s opponent this week — has said they will play them.
I recently spoke with Piedmont coach Kurt Bryan, whose team lost to Stallworth 61-34 in the school’s first game. He said he had spoken with the Carmel coach and had encouraged him to go ahead and play the game. He told him that if you scheme right, there were a beatable team (Piedmont did hang with Stallworth for the first half and was tied 27-27). Obviously, Carmel — which never signed a contract with Stallworth — chose to go the other way. This just keeps getting more and more interesting.