Want to know why high school football is so good in California? Because this is the stuff that goes on in Pop Warner out here. A team in Tustin (Orange County) consisting of 10- and 11-year-olds are being accused of offering cash to the players for big hits and for knocking opposing players out of the game.
My neighbors kids play Pop Warner so I help out with it a bit, and I can say that pee wee football out here is much more intense than in Michigan where I grew up. So although it's surprising that they'd go this far, I'm not exactly shocked.