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Football: It's time to appreciate Westlake QB Nick Isham

October 4, 2010 |  8:41 am

Westlake Village Westlake is 4-0, ranked No. 2 by The Times and is coming off a 31-12 rout of neighborhood rival Oaks Christian. And it's time to give kudos to senior quarterback Nick Isham.

"Their quarterback is what separates them from other teams," Oaks Christian Coach Bill Redell said.

Isham, who runs Westlake's no-huddle offense, changed 50% of the plays signaled in on Friday night, according to Westlake Coach Jim Benkert.

"He knows the offense," Benkert said.

Isham has completed 78% of his passes this season for 703 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception. He has scholarship offers from Air Force and New Mexico State, with Utah on the sideline watching on Friday.

Isham briefly was part of the Oaks Christian program as a sophomore before transferring after Nick Montana showed up. Redell probably wishes Isham had never left.

Another standout Friday for Westlake was receiver Nelson Spruce, who caught two touchdown passes even though he missed practices Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of illness. Maybe he can tell Benkert he doesn't need to practice anymore.

-- Eric Sondheimer