Los Angeles Preps: Bradley Wellman

Northern: No. 1 Westlake 62, Thousand Oaks 0

December, 2, 2011

WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- This one was over before things started.

Justin Moore made sure of it. He left no doubt about the outcome.

The junior quarterback from Westlake did all of his damage in the first half of Friday's 62-0 victory over visiting Thousand Oaks in a Southern Section semifinal playoff game. Moore completed 7-of-10 of his passes for 98 yards and pair of touchdowns to go along with 53 yards rushing on five carries to help the Warriors advance to the Northern Division title game.

“This was a statement game for us. We're for real,'' Moore said.

Indeed the Warriors (13-0) are for real. And then some. They moved up to the top spot, No.1 overall in the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 25 rankings this week and looked every bit the part. The Lancers (8-5) were over-matched from the opening kickoff until the final whistle.

“Are we surprised we won? No, I don't think so,'' Warriors coach Jim Benkert said. “Our kids came into the game focused. We knew what we had to do out on the field.''

The same could not be said about Thousand Oaks, which trailed 45-0 at the half. Things got so bad in the second half, the officials decided to use a running clock. The Warriors, in fact, pulled their starters in the third quarter and let them watch on the bench in the second half.

“This is our house, we weren't going to let Thousand Oaks come in here and think things were going to be easy,'' said the Warriors Dashon Hunt, also a junior and UCLA commit.

Apparently, a two-touchdown lead after the opening 12 minutes, was not enough. The Warriors rattled off four more scores and a field goal before halftime.

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 10, 2011
  1. The most glaring stat from Westlake’s 43-21 win over Oaks Christian is the rushing yard comparison. Westlake rushed for 444 yards to Oaks Christian’s 156. Westlake had two players with more than 100 yards rushing. Quarterback Justin Moore gained 226 yards and scored a touchdown. Jarrius Bishop had 104 yards and scored a touchdown. For good measure, Dashon Hunt had 80 yards and scored a touchdown. Oaks Christian had only five runs of 12 yards or more and only two rushes of more than 20 yards. Perhaps the more telling stat from the game was the turnover ratio. Westlake forced four turnovers and did not commit any. All of Oaks Christian’s turnovers came at key moments. With Westlake up 20-14 in the second quarter, Oaks Christian drove to the Warriors 13-yard line. But Bradley Wellman picked off Brandon Dawkins and ended the Oaks Christian scoring threat. Westlake proceeded to drive 77 yards in eight plays to take a 27-14 lead on a touchdown run by Bishop. On the ensuing drive, Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams broke off the biggest rush of the game, a 43-yarder that gave the Lions a first-and-10 on the Westlake 37-yard line. But Westlake defensive end Johnny Stuart sacked Dawkins on the next play, forced a fumble and recovered the football to end the first half. With Westlake up 37-21 in the fourth quarter, Moore, playing defensive back, picked off Dawkins and set up one of Alex Ball’s five field goals. Jordie Hannel forced the fourth turnover by sacking Dawkins late in the fourth quarter and causing him to fumble on the Oaks Christian 22-yard line. It led to Ball’s last field goal of the game. Westlake sacked Dawkins five times in the game. Ball tied the school record with 29 field goals in his career. Jordan Mannisto, a senior at the University of Houston, kicked 29 field goals for Westlake from 2005 to '07. Ball, a senior, has kicked 12 field goals in five games this season.

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