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LA North: No. 2 Westlake 31, Thousand Oaks 3

September, 16, 2010
9/16/10
11:13
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- If the Thousand Oaks High football team thought it was going to somehow, someway, pull off an improbable victory over heavily favored Westlake on Friday night, the Lancers were sadly mistaken.

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Westlake coach Jim Benkert addresses his team after its Marmonte League-opening win over Thousand Oaks on Thursday night.


The Warriors reminded visiting Thousand Oaks who was the superior program and did so from the opening kickoff until the final whistle en route to a 31-3 victory in a Marmonte League opener for both schools.

"We came out and did our thing tonight, losing wasn't an option,'' Westlake quarterback Nick Isham said. "This was a statement game for us. We want to be known as one of the best teams around and this win means a lot.''

The Warriors (2-0, 1-0) are No.2 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com Top 25 rankings and they looked every bit the part. Opening up what proved to be an insurmountable 21-3 halftime lead certainly helped matters and ruined any momentum the Lancers (1-1, 0-1) might have had initially.

Westlake entered the fourth quarter with a 25-point advantage, but that didn't stop it from putting more points on the board. Alex Ball kicked a 20-yard field goal to give the Warriors a 31-3 lead at the 11:55 mark, but only after the drive was kept alive by Tavior Mowry, who converted a crucial fourth-and-short opportunity at the Lancers' 25-yard line.

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