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The Westlake Warriors grabbed for the brass ring and took the Marmonte League title from the Moorpark Musketeers en route to a perfect 10-0 regular season record. At home in front a capacity crowd of nearly 7,200 spectators the ‘underdog’ Warriors dominated from start to finish with an explosive offense that lit up field like the 4th of July. To make it even more impressive was that the Westlake Warriors did this to  a Moorpark defense that had only surrendered an average of roughly 7 points against all other Marmonte League competitors all season long. The night began with a wonderful Westlake Football tradition of recognition of all the Senior Warrior players and their families in front of the entire stadium at a ceremony prior to kickoff where each player presented their parents with a rose and a letter of appreciation for all their support. Thanks to Coach Jim Benkert and the entire coaching staff for their hard work and dedication to make this season something truly special. And it ain’t over yet!

Watch the game from start to finish here:

KADY TV – Bringing Ventura County Home : Westlake vs Moorpark 2009 Marmonte League Championship game

Warriors storm the field and dominate Muskateers from start to finish in taking Marmonte League crown.

Warriors storm the field and dominate Musketeers from start to finish in taking Marmonte League crown.

Also: Read about the game, see photos & video clips in the Ventura County Star at link below:

Westlake VS Moorpark Game November 13 2009 VCSPreps

And see story, photos & post game interview of Jim Benkert and Nelson Spruce from the L.A. Times at the link below:

Read Eric Sondheimer article and see post game video from the L A Times

Nelson Spruce (#20) leaves Moorpark secondary behind on this brilliant 69 yard 1st Qtr TD on a pass from QB Nick Isham

Nelson Spruce (#20) leaves Moorpark secondary behind on this brilliant 69 yard 1st Qtr TD on a pass from QB Nick Isham

Johnny Stuart (#82) stops Moorpark RB cold in his tracks for no gain.

Johnny Stuart (#82) stops Moorpark RB cold in his tracks for no gain.


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 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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