The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat were up for grabs as the Westlake Warriors took on the highly touted Del Oro Golden Eagles in what was billed as the “Battle at the Capital”. The event was a 3 day affair over Labor Day weekend that included many of the top rated teams in Northern California. In the Headliner game on Saturday night September 3, 2011 against the hometown Golden Eagles, Justin Moore led the Warriors to their first victory in a see saw game that went into overtime after a great play by Del Oro blocking a potential winning field goal attempt by the Warriors. It ended in storybook fashion, though with Alex Ball able to split the uprights with the winning field goal to end the game. It was sweet redemption for Ball, who had has 9 months to shake off  the heartbreaking ending to the CIF championship loss to Oaks Christian. Ball was stellar as a nullifying weapon for Coach Jim Benkert’s special teams against a Del Oro team that has some incredibly talented running backs. Every kickoff that Ball attempted; with the exception of one (due to a 15 yard celebration penalty after a Warrior TD) sailed out of the end zone to make Del Oro start every Offensive set from their own 20.

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High-caliber grid teams walk fine line – by Mike Ray, Loomis New Correspondent

Video Highlights of the game can be found by clicking on the link below:

Westlake vs Del Oro Video Highlights

 

 

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