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The buildup and anticipation of a WHS Warriors vs Oaks Christian Lions match up has been going on for years. Now it is on the brink of reality. Game time is 8:30 pm. (Sophomores play at 5 pm) Thanks to Running Back Coach Ellis Green for bringing this Fox video clip to our attention! Get your tickets presale at the WHS student store. There will be NO tickets sold at the gate and it will be televised on Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket – check your local guide for programming information.

Thanks to Booster Parent and Media Hawk Shane Tuttle for finding these:

Click this link to see the LA Times article by Eric Sondheimer

Click this link to see the Daily News article by Gerry Gittelson

Click this link to hear Jim Benkert Interview on VCSN|Homefield Sports with Eric Evelhoch

Hard Hitting Warriors Max Winsberg and Casey Bliss fear no Lions Den

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 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 beat the St. Bonaventure Seraphs 17-7 in CIF Southern Section Northern Division Semi-Final Game. In an epic match up between two offensive powerhouses, no one predicted a defensive battle of the ages. At times it felt like classic heavyweight boxing slug fest between two champions that may end up in a decision by the judges if no knockdown punches were thrown.

At halftime, the score was 0-0, and most of the crowd was relatively quiet, contemplating the historic implications of what they were witnessing. In the end, being kept in the game by their tough defensive side, the Warrior quick strike offense came to life and scored 10 points in the second half to put them ahead 10-7 with less than 1 minute left in the game.

The stellar Warrior Defense put their signature on the game with a fumble recovery TD when the Seraphs were deep in their own territory and attempted a trick play that backfired.

In the end, as hundreds of Warrior students rushed the field to join the team in celebration and the crowd of almost 7,000 slowly left the stadium; most realized that the Westlake Warriors, in their own way issued the St. Bonaventure Seraphs a warm welcome to the Marmonte League. This game marks the 3rd time the 2 schools have met in 6 years. Westlake has won 2 out of the 3 games. Starting next year in the 2010 season, the two teams will play at least once a year in regular season Marmonte League play for the next 4 years.

Look for the 12/4/09 game to be available for viewing on demand at one or more of the following sites:


IBN Sports

KADY TV : Bringing Ventura County Home : Westlake vs St. Bonaventure game


To read more about the game, see photos and video interviews + highlights at the following links:

Ventura County Star – St. Bonaventure vs Westlake game highlights & interviews

Read the Daily News take on the Westlake win over Favorite St. Bonaventure in the CIF Semi Finals

Read artcle by LA Times writer Eric Sondheimer on the relationship between summer passing league and Champions

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

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)