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The Westlake Warriors finished their magical march to a perfect 14-0 season by winning the CIF Southern Section Northern Division Championship in a 14-10 come from behind win over the Moorpark Musketeers, now a seemingly perennial CIF Finals bridesmaid. With heart, determination & grit that defied the stereotypes that many a naysayer tried to hang on the 2009 Warriors since before this season even started, the “band of brothers” persevered under the guidance of Coach Jim Benkert and his loyal and talented coaching staff.

Moorpark played their usual aggressive ‘smack you in the face, then hit you in the back of the helmet on your way down’ when the officials aren’t looking style of defensive play. Westlake didn’t help their cause due to several missed scoring opportunities by that could have torn the game wide open.

In any event, the Warriors were behind early in the third quarter when their game changing play maker quarterback Nick Isham was knocked out 0f the game with a broken collar bone and things definitely looked bad for the home team at that point. Racing through everyone’s minds for at least a nanosecond was, “Would this magical season just end, falling down like a house of cards or would one more dose of intestinal fortitude rocket the Warriors forward to get one more win to seal their destiny into the record books forever?

Ah, just read the details in the Ventura County Star, it’s late, I’m tired and they have already posted! What can I say, I stopped off at Chili’s for the Champions celebration of dancing &  toasting in traditional Warrior fashion, with native indian drums beating , while chanting “Un-De-Fe-Ted” and holding arrow head tipped hunting spears above our heads.

They have stats and kudos for the players and some pictures too, just click on the link below to get there:

Westlake rallies for championship * By Loren Ledin * Posted December 12, 2009 at 12:01 a.m.

Also, read about the game in the Daily News:

Read more about the Warriors CIF Championship Victory in the Daily News

Click this link to see the Examiner.com update about the game by Mark Dittmer

The unofficial CIF Championship Award photo of the official photo

The unofficial CIF Championship Award photo of the official photo


The Westlake Warriors grabbed for the brass ring and took the Marmonte League title from the Moorpark Musketeers en route to a perfect 10-0 regular season record. At home in front a capacity crowd of nearly 7,200 spectators the ‘underdog’ Warriors dominated from start to finish with an explosive offense that lit up field like the 4th of July. To make it even more impressive was that the Westlake Warriors did this to  a Moorpark defense that had only surrendered an average of roughly 7 points against all other Marmonte League competitors all season long. The night began with a wonderful Westlake Football tradition of recognition of all the Senior Warrior players and their families in front of the entire stadium at a ceremony prior to kickoff where each player presented their parents with a rose and a letter of appreciation for all their support. Thanks to Coach Jim Benkert and the entire coaching staff for their hard work and dedication to make this season something truly special. And it ain’t over yet!

Watch the game from start to finish here:

KADY TV – Bringing Ventura County Home : Westlake vs Moorpark 2009 Marmonte League Championship game

Warriors storm the field and dominate Muskateers from start to finish in taking Marmonte League crown.

Warriors storm the field and dominate Musketeers from start to finish in taking Marmonte League crown.

Also: Read about the game, see photos & video clips in the Ventura County Star at link below:

Westlake VS Moorpark Game November 13 2009 VCSPreps

And see story, photos & post game interview of Jim Benkert and Nelson Spruce from the L.A. Times at the link below:

Read Eric Sondheimer article and see post game video from the L A Times

Nelson Spruce (#20) leaves Moorpark secondary behind on this brilliant 69 yard 1st Qtr TD on a pass from QB Nick Isham

Nelson Spruce (#20) leaves Moorpark secondary behind on this brilliant 69 yard 1st Qtr TD on a pass from QB Nick Isham

Johnny Stuart (#82) stops Moorpark RB cold in his tracks for no gain.

Johnny Stuart (#82) stops Moorpark RB cold in his tracks for no gain.


Nelson Spruce scores winning touchdown on pass from Nick Isham

In the featured photo, Nelson Spruce (#20) scores the winning touchdown on pass from QB Nick Isham.

The Westlake Warriors overcame adversity to win the game in their toughest test this season against a talented and energized Newbury Park Panther Team playing on their home field. The Warriors stay unbeaten, improve their record to 7-0 and stay in 1st place in the Marmonte Leaque. It was a great football game to watch between two of the best offensive squads in the Marmonte League.

Click on the link below to:

Read details about the Game at VCS Preps

Exclusive Westlake Warrior Football pictures below:

As the Westlake Warriors take the field Trevor Wood (#26) gets some air as if to say, "Lets get this party started".

As the Westlake Warriors take the field Trevor Wood (#26) gets some air as if to say, "Lets get this party started".

Tack Attack. Michael Tack (#6) returns the kickoff after NP opening TD. Escorted by lead blocker Adrian Muguerza (#21)

Tack Attack. Michael Tack (#6) returns the kickoff after NP opening TD. Escorted by lead blocker Adrian Muguerza (#21)

Air Defense System: Mason Thibo (#28) slips into the Panther backfield while Johnny Stuart (#82) gets airborne to knock down a pass attempt by NP QB

Air Defense System: Mason Thibo (#28) slips into the Panther backfield while Johnny Stuart (#82) gets airborne to knock down a pass attempt by NP QB

Exuberence Exemplified. The expression on the face of this Warrior says it all at the sideline goes wild as the defense stops the Panthers to get possesion back in the final minutes of the game.

Exuberence Exemplified. The expression on the face of this Warrior says it all as the sideline goes wild when the defense stops the Panthers offense to get possession back in the final minutes of the game.

Westlake Warrior offense closes ranks to ensure victory as the clock ticks down to zero.

Westlake Warrior offense closes ranks to ensure victory as the clock ticks down to zero.

All photos and writing courtesy of Tim McGrath

Use of camera courtesy of Liz & Bob Lusk

In a game that bore no resemblance to close contests of previous years between these two teams, the Warriors began scoring early and often to run up the score 34-0 at the half. While the fans of the Warrior Nation have become accustomed to the explosive and mutipronged offense led by a dominating offensive line,  it was the Defensive squad that completely drained the Chargers of any hope to be in the game. Two interceptions by Team Captain & linebacker Adrian Muguerza (#21), one for a touchdown were instrumental in leading the Westlake Defense in taking apart the Agoura Offense. Kudos to the entire Defensive squad. Great defensive plays were made by but not limited to: Michael Tack (#6), Johnny Stuart (#82), Shane Giraldo (#47), Mason Thibo (#28), Justin Solis (#57), Dallas Clayton (#12)

Michael Lorenzo (#51) basks in the light of the scoreboard flashing his number

Michael Lorenzo (#51) basks in the light of the scoreboard flashing his number in the Westlake point column

Senior Offensive Tackle and Team Captain Michael Lorenzo leads the Warrior Offensive  starting line with fellow seniors Taylor McMorrow (#61) at Guard, Brad Cotner (#67) Center,  Brendon Root-Burkes (#72) Guard, and Junior Zach Miller (#76) who overpowered the Chargers defense the entire game.

Read more about the game in the Ventura County Star by clicking on the link below:

VCS Preps : Westake vs Agoura game

Watch the entire game ON DEMAND at KADYTV.com by clicking your mouse on the link below:

Watch the Westlake vs Agoura game video replay ON DEMAND

Click on the link below to view the Los Angeles Times Top 25 for the Week of October 5, 2009

Westlake Breaks into the Los Angeles Times Top 25!

>>Keep checking back for more photos as we have been asked by the players to keep posting more content.

Pride. Respect. Champions!

Westlake Team Captains at the coin toss midfield before the T.O. game

Westlake Warrior Team Captains at the coin toss midfield before the T.O. game

Senior Team Captains Adrian Muguerza (#21), Shane Giraldo (#47), Michael Lorenzo (#51) and Chris Duran (#71) meet with the referees and the Thousand Oaks captains to decide who will kickoff and who will receive just prior to the first half of play.

The Tribe 2009 - a new beginning...

The Tribe 2009 - a new beginning...

Many thanks to the Westlake Regiment marching band and the Westlake Cheerleading squad for their support in leading ‘The Tribe” to a new level of energy. There is definitely a noticeable “high energy buzz” at the games both home and away this season that can be attributed to a newly infused spirit coming from these and other sources.

Jamie Forrester (#93) and Johnny Stuart (#82) celebrating after the T.O. game

Underclassmen Jamie Forster (#93) and Johnny Stuart (#82) celebrating after the T.O. game

Are they saying he’s da’ man to each other or showing us which finger they use to dial mom & dad to get a ride home?

Guys, please let us know….

The first Marmonte league game of the season against the archrival Thousand Oaks Lancers proved to be the toughest contest for the Westlake Warriors so far this season. The Warriors, back in their home stadium after two weeks on the road, to a “standing room only” crowd prevailed with an impressive combination of offensive firepower. This offensive onslaught, combined with their consistently improving defensive squad proved too much to handle for their visiting opponent. Click on the link to watch the game ON DEMAND at KADYTV.com :

Westlake VS Thousand Oaks game October 2, 2009  ON DEMAND – www.KADYTV.com

The Offensive line opened a hole wide enough to drive a truck through as Tavior Mowrey (#5) scampers into the end zone after taking the ball from QB Nick Isham (#10)into the gap created by Guard Taylor McMorrow (#61) and Center Brad Cotner (#67)

Westlake Scores their first TD on a short run

Westlake scores their third TD on a 3 yard run by Tavior Mowrey (#5)

Read about the game in the Daily News and review professional photographs of the game for purchase (left hand side of landing page) by clicking on the link below:

Westlake rushes its way past Thousand Oaks By Mark Dittmer, Special to the Daily News

Also, see game highlights and post game interviews with Offensive Guard Brendon Root-Burkes (#72), Team Captain & Defensive Linebacker Adrian Muguerza (#21) and Head Coach Jim Benkert at the Ventura County Star VCS Preps:

Ventura County Star – TO vs Westlake game highlights & post game interviews