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Scoring early and often, Senior Nick Isham, behind his seasoned but young offensive line and his Senior partners in “Score, Inc” – Tavior Mowry and Nelson Spruce  led the Warriors to an easy 58-8 game in which nearly every Warrior saw playing time. Other Warriors making notable offensive contributions include, but were not limited to: Treshon Wilson, Cody Tuttle, Jared Fry, Dashon Hunt, Justin Moore, Geoff Carr, Trevor Wood and Adam Augustyn.

The defensive squad was also stellar as usual, keeping the Knight Hawks stymied all night with mostly 3 downs and a punt. The only Knight score was set up by an offensive miscue deep in Warrior territory. The big D was led by Defensive Lineman Justin Solis and Johnny Stuart, Linebackers Max Winsberg and Jack Shepard. Significant contributions on the DEE-Fence were made by many Warriors throughout the game including Seniors Waz Dupris, Lukas Fancy, Jimmy Hopkins, Jamie Forster and Team Captain Adam Lazar

Many thanks to all the loyal Warrrior fans who braved the longest trip for a CIF playoff game in recent memory (at least 3 years from this writer’s memory).  Yes, we know some of you made the trip in a luxury recliner “Fan bus” to and from Palmdale for the playoff game on Friday vs. Knight High School, but once there the wind chill factor was enough to rate as the 2nd coldest playoff game in 2 years.

Click this link to see Nick Isham articles on ESPN blogs

Click this link to see Tavior Mowry articles on ESPN blogs

Image shown is representative of the Fan Bus used and is not intended to be construed as an exact match to actual bus.


In what was hoped to be the Marmonte League “Game of the Year” was a bit of a disappointment. Other than the Lancers Opening Drive where they scored first, settling for a field goal and brief command of the game with a 3-0 lead….It was all Warriors after that. Go to the links below to read accounts of the game.

Click this link to see the VC Star article by Loren Ledin & Photos by Rob Varela

Click this link to see the LA Times article by Eric Sondheimer with Photos by Lawrence K. Ho and related videos

Click this link to see the Warrior Weekend Wrapup show with Phil Chase and Coach Jim Benkert.


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


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:

Vootage

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

The Marmonte League Champion Westlake Warriors traveled to Oxnard on ‘Black Friday’ greeted by  bitter cold winds gusting to 50 mph. Despite the the climate being perfect ‘Viking’ weather, the Westlake Warriors arrowheads pierced the cold with ease and unceremoniously ended the Hueneme Vikings Cinderella season 54-24 in CIF Quarterfinals Game, extending their unblemished record to 12-0. A 1st quarter 25 yard field goal attempt by the Vikings was blocked by the Warriors and completely stopped any momentum the Vikings had accumulated on their long drive. After that, the Westlake Warriors romped to a 34-0 halftime lead. Click here to find game links and exclusive photos.

Jared Fry (#1) carries the ball down from an Isham pass to the 4 yard line to set up TD pass to Tavior Mowry

Jared Fry (#1) carries the ball down from an Isham pass to the 4 yard line to set up TD pass to Tavior Mowry

Read more about the game in the Ventura County Star a the link below:

Westlake beats Hueneme 54-24 in CIF Quarterfinal Game

It's no wonder why RB Tavior Mowry (#5) has nothing but praise for his offensive line as they continue creating huge lanes as he racked up 223 yards on 13 carries in the 1st half. RT Zach Miller (#76) shown on far right side.

It's no wonder why RB Tavior Mowry (#5) has nothing but praise for his offensive line as they continue creating huge lanes allowing him to rack up 223 yards on 13 carries in the 1st half. RT Zach Miller (#76) and TE Johnny Stuart (#82) shown blocking on far right side.

A little celebration by RG Brenden Root-Burkes (#72) and QB Nick Isham (#10) after scoring the Warriors 5th TD of the first half.

A little celebration by RG Brenden Root-Burkes (#72) and QB Nick Isham (#10) after scoring the Warriors 5th TD of the first half.


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

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.


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

The first Marmonte league game of the season against the archrival Thousand Oaks Lancers proved to be the toughest contest for the Westlake Warriors so far this season. The Warriors, back in their home stadium after two weeks on the road, to a “standing room only” crowd prevailed with an impressive combination of offensive firepower. This offensive onslaught, combined with their consistently improving defensive squad proved too much to handle for their visiting opponent. Click on the link to watch the game ON DEMAND at KADYTV.com :

Westlake VS Thousand Oaks game October 2, 2009  ON DEMAND – www.KADYTV.com

The Offensive line opened a hole wide enough to drive a truck through as Tavior Mowrey (#5) scampers into the end zone after taking the ball from QB Nick Isham (#10)into the gap created by Guard Taylor McMorrow (#61) and Center Brad Cotner (#67)

Westlake Scores their first TD on a short run

Westlake scores their third TD on a 3 yard run by Tavior Mowrey (#5)

Read about the game in the Daily News and review professional photographs of the game for purchase (left hand side of landing page) by clicking on the link below:

Westlake rushes its way past Thousand Oaks By Mark Dittmer, Special to the Daily News

Also, see game highlights and post game interviews with Offensive Guard Brendon Root-Burkes (#72), Team Captain & Defensive Linebacker Adrian Muguerza (#21) and Head Coach Jim Benkert at the Ventura County Star VCS Preps:

Ventura County Star – TO vs Westlake game highlights & post game interviews

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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On Friday September 4th, Coach Benkert’s Varsity Warriors Football team dominated the visiting Paso Robles Bearcats in the first half and then marched right on to win their first game of the 2009 season.

See the game in it’s entirety “On Demand” by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

http://www.kadytv.com/westlake.php

Once there, click on the game located just below the screen.

You will have to download Microsoft Silverlight to view on you PC.

Read about the game in the Ventura County Star by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/sep/04/spruce-produces-plenty-for-westlake/

Read about the game at MaxPreps by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

http://www.maxpreps.com/contests/_2NruzO0FkKXNWlnBljx4w/football-fall-09/boxscore-westlake-westlake-village-vs-paso-robles-paso-robles.htm

We hope to post some pictures here of the game soon.

All Warrior teams began “2 a day” practices last week. So, with most Westlake football families back in town from summer vacations and school about to begin, we cast some of our our digital memories of the recent summer 2009 onto the website to see where the Warriors have been before looking forward into the coming season.

The Master craftsman plys his trade

The Master craftsman plys his trade

Oh yes, and we DO encourage constructive comments and feedback.

Intense Tug O' War Battle

Chubba leads the linemen to victory!

Thibo, Kleindinst and teammates break bread

Peanut Butter again? Hey, anybody got pringles for Coach Salem?

Photos courtesy of Yashica Wilson-Budde and Tim McGrath