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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


11-7-09: In a scene reminiscent of the one once seen on Tom Sawyers Island at Disneyland, you know; the one where the Warriors raid the Pioneer camp and leave the cabin riddled with arrows and burning to the ground…That was what it felt like to watch as Westlake High School Football team traveled to Simi Valleys’ brand new home field last night and beat the Simi Valley High School Pioneers 56-13. Before the Pioneers could even circle the wagons, the Warriors attacked and were up 7-0 on the third play of the game on a Jack Shepard interception and runback for a TD. But, don’t just take my word for it, click on the link below and read the VCSPrep story on the game by reporter Richie Wohlers:

How the Westlake Warriors spoiled Simi Valley Pioneers homecoming dreams

And of course, look for exclusive Warrior photos from the game in this post…

Senior Team Captain Defensive End Mason Thibo (#28) and Junior Defensive End Lukas Fancy stop Simi Running back dead in his tracks for no gain. With defensive plays like this, it is no wonder that Simi Valley went 3 and out on every offensive series in the second quarter. The Warriors shut out the Pioneers 28-0 in the first half of play.

Senior Team Captain Defensive End Mason Thibo (#28) and Junior Defensive End Lukas Fancy (#66) stop Simi Valley Running Back (#33) dead in his tracks for no gain. With defensive plays like this, it's no wonder Simi Valley went 3 and out on every offensive series in the second quarter. The Warriors shut out the Pioneers 28-0 in the first half of play.

The Westlake Offensive Line helped to keep the Warriors in control of the game and score on each of their 1st 7 consecutive offensive series. Impressive! In this photo, the Offensive Line is comprised of Jon Flores (#50), Kenny Cruz (#73), D.J. Grubaugh (#68), Chubba Duran (#71) and Jesus (of Suburbia) Lopez (#54)
The Westlake Offensive Line helped to keep the Warriors in control of the game and score on each of their 1st 7 consecutive offensive series. Impressive! In this series, that drove to score the final Warrior TD of the game, the Offensive Line was comprised of several configurations that included Jon Flores (#50), Kenny Cruz (#73), D.J. Grubaugh (#68), Chubba Duran (#71), Keith Ramljak (#62), Ramon Zepeda (#78) and Jesus (of Suburbia) Lopez (#54)
Senior Team Captain Running Back Colin Fan sheds several would be tacklers and does a nice spin move here as he scampers 13 yards to the 2 yard line just shy of the goal line. On the next play he carried the ball into the end zone for a TD and the Final Westlake score of the night to make it 56-7.

Senior Team Captain Running Back Colin Fan sheds several would be tacklers and does a nice spin move here as he scampers 13 yards to the Simi Valley 2 yard line. On the next play he carried the ball into the end zone for a TD and the Final Westlake score of the night to make it 56-7. Fan was congratulated by nearly half the Warrior team in the end zone before he finally surrendered the ball to the referee.

A perfectly placed punt by Nick Isham and heads up play by the Punt Team put the ball on the 1 yard line. Here on 1st down for the Pioneeers, the Warrior Defensive Team gets into a hot pursuit of the Simi QB deep in Pioneer territory. Westlake players shown in this photo are Colton Hoffmans (#32), Logan Chase (#44) and Jimmy Hopkins (#58)

A perfectly placed punt by Nick Isham and heads up play by the Punt Team put the ball on the 1 yard line. Here on 1st down for the Pioneeers, the Warrior Defensive Team gets into a hot pursuit of the Simi QB deep in Pioneer territory. Westlake defensive players shown in this photo are Junior Linebacker Colton Hoffmans (#32), Junior Linebacker Logan Chase (#44) and Junior Defensive End Jimmy Hopkins (#58)

Senior Team Captain and Offensive Lineman Chubba Duran (#71) makes mincemeat out of a Simi Defensive Lineman. It was said that on this particular play the hole created in the Simi defense was open so large and for so long that Booster President and part time videographer Hector Castro could have run though it. Wow! Great Job Chubba!

Senior Team Captain and Offensive Lineman Chubba Duran (#71) makes mincemeat out of a Simi Defensive Lineman. It was said that on this particular play the hole created in the Simi defense was open so large and for so long that Booster President and part time videographer Hector Castro could have run though it. Wow! Great Job Chubba!

Westlake Running Back Geoff Carr (#25) gets a wide berth courtesy of the Warriors Offensive Line as he makes his longest run of the night for another Warrior first down.

Westlake Junior Running Back Geoff Carr (#25) gets a wide berth courtesy of the Warriors Offensive Line as he makes his longest run of the night for another Warrior first down.