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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


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….

In another impressive offensive show, the Westlake Warriors finished their preseason at College of the Canyons with a well played team victory against Hart High School from the Foothill League.

Read more about the game at the VC Star link :

Ventura County Star Article: Westlake beats Hart

More Game Photos and video links are available for viewing by clicking on this Featured Article….

Coach Jim Benkert surveys his squad prior the game

Coach Jim Benkert surveys his squad prior the game

The Westlake Warriors Defensive Coordinator looks for weaknesses to exploit in the Hart offense.

Coach Richard Fong studies the opponent

Coach Richard Fong studies the opponent

Meet a Warrior coach who is the living embodiment of the adage, “Walk softly and carry a big stick”

Coach Levine

Coach Levine

After Nick Isham intercepted a pass from Hart QB while on the defensive side of the ball, he and the Warriors marched down field quickly on their second possession of the game with a combination of air & ground weapons.

Isham completes pass over a Hart Defensive lineman in the 1st Quarter.

Isham completes pass over a Hart Defensive lineman in the 1st Quarter.

Isham connects with Michael Tack on a 22-yard pass play to set up 1st Westlake TD

Isham connects with Michael Tack on a 22-yard pass play to set up the 1st Westlake TD of the game.

Michael Lorenzo (#51) dominates his opponent while teammate D.J. Grubaugh (#68) comes to help inflict more damage to the Hart defense.

Offensive Control the Line of Scrimmange

The unrelenting Warrior Offensive Line controlled the Line of Scrimmage for almost the entire game.

See the game on demand, click on the link below:

See Westlake VS Hart Game September 26, 2009 ON DEMAND

See short amateur clips on You Tube of the game:

You Tube Video Clips of Westlake victory over Hart

Photos courtesy of Tim McGrath. Camera provided courtesy of Liz & Bob Lusk.

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