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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.


A band of wild Westlake Warrior football players and their coaching staff found their way to the Simi highlands and took some names while stampeding to a 38-0 victory over a Royal High School Football team that was unwilling to roll over, but eventually did. Tavior Mowry helped lead the stampede, gaining 112 yards on 17 carries behind an offensive line that continues to open some impressive holes in opposing defenses. On the other side of the ball, Michael Tack had the entire crowd standing on a 90 yard sprint for a touchdown right before the 1st half ended after literally picking a pass from the hands of a Highlander receiver at the Warrior 10 yard line.
Stampeding Warriors put fear in the hearts of opposing team.

The stampeding Warriors put fear in the hearts of the Highlanders, shutting them out 38-0.

Click on the link below to read more in the Ventura County Star Sports section:

Read about the scary Westlake vs Royal pre Halloween game here

 

Tavior Mowrey (#5) breaks out in the open for a nice gain in first half action.

Tavior Mowrey (#5) breaks out in the open for a nice gain in first half action.

Max Klinedinst (#4) creates some separation and makes a clutch catch from QB Nick Isham on 3rd down and 25 deep in Warrior territory. Isham and Klinedinst capped the drive with another hookup for a TD.

Max Klinedinst (#4) creates some separation and makes a clutch catch from QB Nick Isham on 3rd down and 25 deep in Warrior territory. Isham and Klinedinst capped the drive with another hookup for a TD and the 1st Westlake score in the second half.

Another Tack Attack. Senior Michael Tack (#6) leaves a string Royal players in his wake as he goes for extra yardarge after a catching a pass from QB Nick Isham.

Another Tack Attack. Senior Michael Tack (#6) leaves a string Royal players in his wake as he goes for extra yardarge after a catching a pass from QB Nick Isham.

 

 The Warriors First and Second Defensive teams combine to shut out the Royal Highlanders.

“A good defense will bend but not break” – a quote of unknown origin, but an often used phrase by many a wise defensive coordinator. The photos below highlight some great defensive plays made in the recent Warrior victory over Royal:

Westlake Linebacker Shane Giraldo (#47) evades a double team to stop Royal Running Back at the line of scrimmage. No surprise that Giraldo is one of the Warriors tackling leaders. Westlake Linebacker Shane Giraldo (#47) evades a double team to stop Royal Running Back at the line of scrimmage. No surprise that Giraldo is one of the Warriors tackling leaders.

 

Justin Solis (#57) tackles Royal ball carrier

Justin Solis (#57) tackles Royal ball carrier

Casey Bliss (#24) brings down a Royal Ball Carrier

Casey Bliss (#24) brings down a Royal Ball Carrier

Jack Shephard (#23) tackles a Royal ball carrier

Jack Shephard (#23) tackles a Royal ball carrier


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

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