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In what continues to be the most watched High School Football Game in Fox Sports History. The Warriors entered the Lions Den for the 2nd time in the season to face Oaks Christian to determine the 2010 CIF Southern Section Northern Division Championship. The Lions squeaked away with a 29-28 win in a battle that lasted until the final play of the game.

Click this link to see the Max Preps video highlights of the game

Click this link to see the Max Preps article about the game by Mitch Stephens

The Warriors were the defending CIF SS ND Champions and  seeking their first ever back to back CIF Championships. The Lions were no stranger to being in CIF Championship Games as they had won 6 of their own in the 10 years prior to joining the Marmonte League.

The Warriors defeated St. Bonaventure 37-27 on Friday, December 3rd while Oaks Christian beat the Valencia Vikings 42-33 at College of the Canyons on the same night. Together these teams are 2/3 owners of the Marmonte League Crown with St. Bonaventure. This was the first ever CIF Championship match up between these two schools and have only met once before, earlier in the season  on October 1, 2010 with the Warriors winning that game, also televised on Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket. This was the 2nd season in a row featuring 2 Marmonte League teams in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division Championship Game.

Rematch. Redemption. Intensity. Intrigue. There are enough adjectives to describe this upcoming game to please any English teacher looking for a new rubric before the semester ends. One thing is certain; these two teams have already produced the most exciting football game in Ventura County this year and all the marbles are on the table now. Pre Sale Tickets on sale NOW at both schools.

Click this link to see the Max Preps article about the game and the role of Nick Isham by Leland Gordon

Click this link to see the LA Times blog about the game by Eric Sondheimer

Click this link to see the LA Times update about the game by Eric Sondheimer

The Westlake Warriors started fast and never looked back in their win over Calabasas High School in the Coyotes’ home stadium and their Marmonte 2010 league finale. Led by senior quarterback Nick Isham, the Warriors looked as sharp as they have all season, despite playing a Coyote Football team who had their best season in recent history in a much tougher Marmonte League. The Warriors, to their credit racked up a 35-0 lead in the first quarter before taking their foot slightly off the accelerator pedal of “The Big Blue Tribe” to cruise to a 56-6 win and into the CIF playoffs, finishing the season tied for 1st place with St. Bonaventure and Oaks Christian.

Click this link to see the VC Star article by JJ Rivera about the game

It will be remembered and talked about for years as a classic game from start to finish between two top notch Ventura County High School Football programs. Coach Todd Theirrien’s “all or nothing” gamble paid off when the Seraphs successfully completed a two point conversion after their TD in  the 2nd overtime to beat the Warriors and end their 22-0 win streak. Westlake had not lost a game in almost 2 years, dating back to a CIF SS Quarter Final loss to Valencia to end the Warriors 2008 season.

The game was played in front of a packed Westlake Warrior Stadium crowd and streamed live to a record 235 viewers over the fledgling “all volunteer” production team for the WHS Football Network. The game is also being replayed over the weekend on multiple Cable TV channels. You can view all types of videos and articles at the links below:

KTLA news – Warrriors vs Seraphs game highlights with Steve Hartman reporting

Westlake Warrior High School Football Network – Video Clips from the Game

Click this link to see the LA Times article about the game by Eric Sondheimer

Video below produced by Eric Sondheimer, LA Times:

Click this link to see the VC Star article by Loren Leden and photos by Karen Quincy Loberg

Click this link to see the Acorn Pregame Article by Eliav Applebaum & photo by Michael Coons

Click this link to see Daily News prep sports article by Gerry Gittelson featuring photo gallery by Michael Owen Baker

A packed Newbury Park Panther stadium on a cool overcast night was the setting as the Panthers looked to unseat the Warriors from their Marmonte League top perch.

Click this link to see the VC Star article by Derry Eads & Photos by Chuck Kirman

Westlake cruised to a school record 20th straight win in what was hoped to be a repeat matchup of similar intensity to the CIF SS 2009 title game from last December. But, it was not that at all. This time the Warriors were not the underdogs, they were coming in ranked #3 in CA and in the top 10 nationwide. Could Moorpark pull off a win over the overconfident Warriors? Uh, No. Not even close. It’s actually rather remarkable that in less than 12 short months, the Westlake Warriors have outscored the Moorpark Musketeers in each of the three contests pitting the Marmonte League rivals against one another. I will have to research to see if that has ever happened at all. The Marmonte League ain’t what it used to be – Nope, everything is upside down and sideways. What? You didn’t hear that Calabasas beat Newbury Park tonight?

How did Westlake continues its winning streak? Well, some but not all highlights are listed below:

First Quarter: Nick Isham had a 7-yard touchdown run.

Second Quarter: Tavior Mowry scored  on a touchdown run. Nick Isham threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Spruce

Third Quarter: Nick Isham threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Spruce. Tavior Mowry ran for a 1-yard score.

Fourth Quarter: Moorpark scored on a 14-yard Grant Rohach pass to Lionel Poole and a 5-yard run by Garrett Dibene.

Read more about Nick Isham, Nelson Spruce, Tavior Mowry, Tre’Shon Wilson, Cody Tuttle, Justin Moore, Jared Fry, Johnny Stuart, Jack Shepard, Max Winsberg in the Daily News, VC Star and ESPN articles below:

Click this link to see the Daily News article by Mark Dittmer + Photo Gallery by Michael Owen Baker

Click this link to see the VC Star article by Loren Ledin & Photos by Chuck Kirman

Click this link to see the ESPN article by Tim Haddock – video interview with Johnny Stuart

Watch the first half of the game again below:

After a moving tribute to fallen warrior AJ Castro prior to the game. Tonight’s game against the Oxnard Yellow Jackets felt like the Warriors started the 2010 season where they left off 2009. Well, with one notable exception – a healthy Nick Isham leading what should be called the Westlake Sonic Boom offense. You know, that sound that aircraft make when breaking the sound barrier? It’s that rapid “Boom – Boom” sound that you hear and then wonder what just happened. That is likely how Oxnard felt because before they knew it, Westlake was leading 14-0 with less than 7 minutes left in the first half.

How? First Nick Isham found Nelson Spruce in the corner of the East end zone with a perfectly placed pass that Spruce elevated to catch. After the TD, I could hear the ‘narrowcast’ color commentator Steve Hange utter my new favorite line, “There are 3 things in life that are certain, Death, Taxes and Nelson Spruce coming down with the ball in the end zone”. Steve was in the booth with Rob Bloom, Westlake play by play announcer extraordinaire. I thought they did a good job and hope they come back to work the League Opener vs Thousand Oaks next Thursday. But don’t take our word for it, watch the replay of the game yourselves and let us know what you think.

The game should be aired sometime after midnight and once up should be available to watch 24/7 all weekend on the following venues:

Time Warner Cable Channel 20

Verizon FiOs Channel 32

Charter Cable Channel 79

ATT Uverse (nationwide) Channel 99 (you must download Microsoft Silverlight Software upgrade to view on your PC)

from the drop down menus,

Select: Football>California HS>Westlake or

Youth Sports>HS Sports >California>Westlake

I will post more later…

But until then, for scores area scores, please go to VCSTAR:

High School Football Scores for September 10, 2010

Or, Read writer Loren Ledin’s excellent account of the game:

VCSTAR Oxnard Westlake game article by Loren Leiden

Nick Isham, Westlake Starting QB returns!

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 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:


IBN Sports

KADY TV : Bringing Ventura County Home : Westlake vs St. Bonaventure game


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 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.

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 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….

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 :

Westlake VS Thousand Oaks game October 2, 2009  ON DEMAND –

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

Attention All Westlake Warrior Students, Parents, Family, Fans, Sponsors, Cheerleaders, Band members, Boosters, Coaches, Players and Alumni that make up “The Tribe”, aka the “Warrior Nation” and the “Orange & Blue”. All are invited for a spirit filled evening including Food, Drink, Fun & Frivolity sponsored by Westlake High School School. Featuring entertainment provided by the award winning Westlake High School Marching Band and Cheerleading squad and a top notch array of BBQ chefs from right here in the center of the Conejo Valley. Come one, come all to show your Warrior Pride. This is no ordinary year, as 2009 marks the beginning of a new era of consolidated Warrior pride & unity marked by the opening week of the new Hall of Fame adjacent to the concession stand at the top of Warrior Stadium. There will be traditional Orange “Tribe” T-shirts handed out as supplies last to those in attendence. There is no charge for this event, so grab another tribe member and get over to the Westlake Softball field by 6:00 pm sharp on September 30, 2009 to have dinner courtesy of the Westlake High School Administration. Face paint not provided, but accepted. Get your Orange & Blue school colors / wardrobe out and displayed on your body, on your vehicle, on your house, on your businesses and your baby strollers. Be part of the magic and the energy of the tribe. Be bold. Be proud. Be a Warrior! 

Be part of a Warrior Nation that Rocks the Southland.

Be part of a Warrior Nation that Rocks the Southland.

The Tribe 2009 - a new beginning...

The Tribe 2009 - a new beginning...

As found online:  In the Daily News FRIDAY NIGHT REWIND:

7. Westlake (2-0)

“After defeating Saugus, Warriors to return

to Santa Clarita for showdown vs. Hart.”

Also, the upcoming Westlake vs Hart game was named in the Daily News as a Week 3 “Big Game”:

HART (2-1) vs. WESTLAKE (2-0)

7:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons

Isham leads Westlake into Week 3 matchup with Hart Friday Night @ CoC

Isham leads Westlake into Week 3 matchup with Hart Friday Night @ CoC

“If you like high-powered passing offenses that put a lot of points, then this game is for you. Westlake’s Nick Isham has completed 84 percent of his passes for 288 yards and seven TDs, and Hart’s C.J. Reyes has two consecutive 300-yard passing performances.”

– Gerry Gittelson,  Daily News

By the way, Hart is ranked #10 by the Daily News:

10. Hart (2-1)

“C.J. Reyes is among area’s hottest QBs”

Isham prepares to take the snap from Cotner

Nick Isham (#10) prepares to take the snap from Brad Cotner (#67)

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:

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:

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

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



In what has become an annual summer ritual, on June 16, 2009 over 50 freshman football families gathered in the Westlake High School gymnasium to hear from Head Coach Jim Benkert about what is in store for them as part of the Warrior football program.


Freshmen Football night at Westlake Gymnasium

"Hey, Mrs. Wood, do you have an extra sleeping bag"

"Hey, Mrs. Wood, do you have an extra sleeping bag"


In a generous display of local hospitality, several Warrior families recently hosted a group of football players visiting Westlake Village from Santa Maria who were here participating in a 7 on 7 Passing Tournament over the weekend of June 19/20 2009.


Thank you to all the Warrior families who opened their homes and hearts to these visiting Santa Maria players and also to the Santa Maria players themselves who displayed their competitive spirit on and off the gridiron.

We Support our Troops!

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