To go from bitter high school rivals to college roommates doesn't happen very often, but it's taking place at the University of Pennsylvania, where freshmen football players Dylan Muscat (Santa Monica High) and Cameron Countryman (Beverly Hills) have suddenly found themselves sharing a microwave, television and refrigerator in their dorm room.
"We're trying to get a bean bag," Muscat said of his new friendship with Countryman.
For four years of high school they went head to head on opposite sides of the ball. Muscat was a defensive back, Countryman a receiver. Muscat wore the blue and gold colors of Santa Monica. Countryman wore the orange, black and white colors of Beverly Hills. Each was a three-time all-league selection.
Then, in August, they ended up being paired together as roommates at Penn while trying to help each other gain playing time as freshmen.
"We just push each other on the field," Muscat said. "We help each other with homework."
Countryman is in the Wharton School of Business. Muscat is in the College of Arts and Science. As heated as the Santa Monica-Beverly Hills rivalry is, these two natives of Southern California like each other.