WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- The Oaks Christian football players walked from their campus to Westlake High School for their game Thursday night.
But it was the Westlake football team that ran all over Oaks Christian in a Marmonte League game.
Westlake racked up 444 rushing yards in a convincing 43-21 win over its crosstown rivals, handing Oaks Christian its first league loss, and remained undefeated.
Quarterback Justin Moore gained 226 yards in 14 carries and scored the first touchdown for Westlake in the first quarter.
Running back Jarrius Bishop rushed for 104 yards in 20 carries and scored a touchdown on a one-yard run just before halftime to give Westlake a 27-14 lead.
Kicker Alex Ball made five field goals, including a 47-yarder in the third quarter.
Westlake coach Jim Benkert said after the game he needed to come up with a game plan to neutralize the Oaks Christian secondary. The defensive backs for Oaks Christian gave Westlake fits in summer passing leagues, Benkert said.
“They have a lot of great athletes in that secondary,” Benkert said. “We really had to look elsewhere. I don’t think I’ve gone to a running game like that in my career.”
Westlake (5-0), the No. 9-ranked team in the ESPNLA.com prep football Top 25 rankings, took a 13-7 lead in the first quarter on a seven-yard touchdown run by Moore and two field goals by Ball.
But Oaks Christian (3-2), No. 4 in the ESPNLA.com rankings, went up, 14-13, in the second quarter when running back Carlos Mendoza capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
Westlake scored 24 unanswered points after Mendoza’s touchdown to take control of the game. Alex Egurbide caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Moore and Bishop scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter. Moore had 173 rushing yards at halftime.
“Westlake’s the best football team we’ve played in a long time,” Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said. “No excuses. They just beat us.”
Oaks Christian sophomore quarterback Brandon Dawkins scored on a 13-yard run late in the third quarter to trim the Westlake lead to 37-21.
Ball kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter to push the Westlake lead to 22 points.