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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:

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IBN Sports

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

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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