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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 another fireworks show filled with explosive offensive plays, the Westlake Warriors beat the visiting Ventura Cougers 49-27 for their 11th straight victory in the first round of the CIF SS Northern Division Playoffs. The Ventura Cougars came to play, however and began the contest by recovering an onside kick and driving down into Westlake territory and  kicked a field goal when stopped by the Warrior defense in the Red Zone to make it 3-0 to start the game. Read more about the game at the Ventura County Star article by Loren Leiden with Photos by Joseph A. Garcia by clicking on the link below. You can also see the tape delay of the entire game at IBNSports by clicking on the link also below.

Read how the Westlake Warriors tamed the Ventura Cougars 49-27 at home

Watch the game: Westlake Warriors beat the Ventura Cougars 49-27

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


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….