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After a moving tribute to fallen warrior AJ Castro prior to the game. Tonight’s game against the Oxnard Yellow Jackets felt like the Warriors started the 2010 season where they left off 2009. Well, with one notable exception – a healthy Nick Isham leading what should be called the Westlake Sonic Boom offense. You know, that sound that aircraft make when breaking the sound barrier? It’s that rapid “Boom – Boom” sound that you hear and then wonder what just happened. That is likely how Oxnard felt because before they knew it, Westlake was leading 14-0 with less than 7 minutes left in the first half.

How? First Nick Isham found Nelson Spruce in the corner of the East end zone with a perfectly placed pass that Spruce elevated to catch. After the TD, I could hear the ‘narrowcast’ color commentator Steve Hange utter my new favorite line, “There are 3 things in life that are certain, Death, Taxes and Nelson Spruce coming down with the ball in the end zone”. Steve was in the booth with Rob Bloom, Westlake play by play announcer extraordinaire. I thought they did a good job and hope they come back to work the League Opener vs Thousand Oaks next Thursday. But don’t take our word for it, watch the replay of the game yourselves and let us know what you think.

The game should be aired sometime after midnight and once up should be available to watch 24/7 all weekend on the following venues:

Time Warner Cable Channel 20

Verizon FiOs Channel 32

Charter Cable Channel 79

ATT Uverse (nationwide) Channel 99

www.IBNSports.com (you must download Microsoft Silverlight Software upgrade to view on your PC)

from the drop down menus,

Select: Football>California HS>Westlake or

Youth Sports>HS Sports >California>Westlake

I will post more later…

But until then, for scores area scores, please go to VCSTAR:

High School Football Scores for September 10, 2010

Or, Read writer Loren Ledin’s excellent account of the game:

VCSTAR Oxnard Westlake game article by Loren Leiden

Nick Isham, Westlake Starting QB returns!


The Westlake Warrior football program kicks off the 2010 season with the Freshman Opening Game vs Oxnard Yellow Jackets Wednesday, September 8 at 3 pm in Warrior Stadium. Come out and cheer on the class of 2014 as they embark on a new chapter in Warrior football history.

Are Freshman important to the program? Stepping in for an injured Nick Isham, Justin Moore answers the question in this final drive of the 2009 season to clinch the Championship victory over Moorpark


The Wake for A.J. Castro on Thursday, Sept. 9th, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Pierce Brothers and his Funeral on Friday, Sept. 10th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, both in Westlake Village, and his subsequent  burial at Pierce Brothers Cemetery were widely attended by the local community at large – and some came from as far away as New York City.

The swell of support over the past two weeks were both appreciated and acknowledged by the Castro family at the Friday service. All cards, letters and donations to A.J.’s legacy can be sent to Hector Castro & Family c/o Westlake Football, Westlake High School, 100 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village, CA 91362

The vigil: Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil to honor and remember Andrew J. Castro on Wednesday, September 1st at 9:00PM at the Westlake Warrior Stadium. Thank you to all friends, family, the Westlake High School Warriors Band of Brothers and all members of the Westlake and Conejo Valley communities that came out to show their support. The Castro family is appreciative to see everyone there showing their support to help them through this very difficult times.

Click this link to see the Fox LA article and video

Click this link to see the ActionPhotos.net Facebook Photo Tribute to A.J. Castro

Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Westlake Village Soldier A.J. Castro

Click this link to see the VC Star article & Photo Tribute to A.J. Castro

God Bless you A.J. !


In another impressive offensive show, the Westlake Warriors finished their preseason at College of the Canyons with a well played team victory against Hart High School from the Foothill League.

Read more about the game at the VC Star link :

Ventura County Star Article: Westlake beats Hart

More Game Photos and video links are available for viewing by clicking on this Featured Article….

Coach Jim Benkert surveys his squad prior the game

Coach Jim Benkert surveys his squad prior the game

The Westlake Warriors Defensive Coordinator looks for weaknesses to exploit in the Hart offense.

Coach Richard Fong studies the opponent

Coach Richard Fong studies the opponent

Meet a Warrior coach who is the living embodiment of the adage, “Walk softly and carry a big stick”

Coach Levine

Coach Levine

After Nick Isham intercepted a pass from Hart QB while on the defensive side of the ball, he and the Warriors marched down field quickly on their second possession of the game with a combination of air & ground weapons.

Isham completes pass over a Hart Defensive lineman in the 1st Quarter.

Isham completes pass over a Hart Defensive lineman in the 1st Quarter.

Isham connects with Michael Tack on a 22-yard pass play to set up 1st Westlake TD

Isham connects with Michael Tack on a 22-yard pass play to set up the 1st Westlake TD of the game.

Michael Lorenzo (#51) dominates his opponent while teammate D.J. Grubaugh (#68) comes to help inflict more damage to the Hart defense.

Offensive Control the Line of Scrimmange

The unrelenting Warrior Offensive Line controlled the Line of Scrimmage for almost the entire game.

See the game on demand, click on the link below:

See Westlake VS Hart Game September 26, 2009 ON DEMAND

See short amateur clips on You Tube of the game:

You Tube Video Clips of Westlake victory over Hart

Photos courtesy of Tim McGrath. Camera provided courtesy of Liz & Bob Lusk.

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As found online:  In the Daily News FRIDAY NIGHT REWIND:

7. Westlake (2-0)

“After defeating Saugus, Warriors to return

to Santa Clarita for showdown vs. Hart.”

Also, the upcoming Westlake vs Hart game was named in the Daily News as a Week 3 “Big Game”:

HART (2-1) vs. WESTLAKE (2-0)

7:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons

Isham leads Westlake into Week 3 matchup with Hart Friday Night @ CoC

Isham leads Westlake into Week 3 matchup with Hart Friday Night @ CoC

“If you like high-powered passing offenses that put a lot of points, then this game is for you. Westlake’s Nick Isham has completed 84 percent of his passes for 288 yards and seven TDs, and Hart’s C.J. Reyes has two consecutive 300-yard passing performances.”

– Gerry Gittelson,  Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/preps/ci_13378130

By the way, Hart is ranked #10 by the Daily News:

10. Hart (2-1)

“C.J. Reyes is among area’s hottest QBs”

Isham prepares to take the snap from Cotner

Nick Isham (#10) prepares to take the snap from Brad Cotner (#67)


In an explosive offensive show, the Westlake Warriors easily defeated the Saugus Centurions 42-20 at College of the Canyons Stadium in Santa Clarita, CA Thursday evening September 17, 2009.

Read about the game at the Ventura County Star: http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/sep/18/isham-helps-to-power-westlake-over-saugus/

Watch the complete game On Demand over the Internet at:  http://www.ibnsports.com/ or http://kadytv.com/westlake.php

Tre Wilson drags two Saugus defenders across the goal line for a TD.

Westlake Warrior Tre Wilson (#15) drags two Saugus defenders across the goal line for the 1st TD of the game.

 

Kicker Alex Ball (#11) with Max Kleindinst (#4) holding get the extra point to make the score 7-0 after Tre Wilson’s touchdown on a pass from Quarterback Nick Isham. Mason Thibo (#28) guards the right side on the play.

Alex Ball (#11) splits the uprights in the first PAT of the evening.

Alex Ball (#11) splits the uprights in the first PAT of the evening.

 

Tavior Mowrey (#5) evades Saugus defense for a first down.

Tavior Mowrey thru another hole

The Westlake offensive ground game tore the defense wide open. Literally.

Nick Isham finds Tre Wilson (#15) in the end zone on a short pass play from scrimmage for the second Westlake TD, making the score 13-6.
Tre Wilson (#15) catches TD pass from quarterback Nick Isham

Tre Wilson (#15) catches TD pass #2 from quarterback Nick Isham

 

Max Kleindinst (#4) provides some interference as Dallas Clayton (#12) fights his way through Saugus territory for a TD to increase the Westlake Warriors’ lead to 20-6.

Dallas Clayton (#12) rambles for a 3rd Westlake TD

Dallas Clayton (#12) rambles for a 3rd Westlake TD

 

Nelson Spruce (#20) elevates in the end zone for a reception and fourth Westlake Touchdown in the first half.

#20 Demonstrates his athleticism over a Saugus cornerback

#20 Demonstrates his athleticism over a Saugus cornerback


On Friday September 4th, Coach Benkert’s Varsity Warriors Football team dominated the visiting Paso Robles Bearcats in the first half and then marched right on to win their first game of the 2009 season.

See the game in it’s entirety “On Demand” by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

http://www.kadytv.com/westlake.php

Once there, click on the game located just below the screen.

You will have to download Microsoft Silverlight to view on you PC.

Read about the game in the Ventura County Star by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/sep/04/spruce-produces-plenty-for-westlake/

Read about the game at MaxPreps by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

http://www.maxpreps.com/contests/_2NruzO0FkKXNWlnBljx4w/football-fall-09/boxscore-westlake-westlake-village-vs-paso-robles-paso-robles.htm

We hope to post some pictures here of the game soon.