Football: Upon further review, game balls go to Westlake's OL
The skill-position players for Westlake Village Westlake had better open their wallets and offer lots of doughnuts or whatever linemen are eating these days, because the performance of the Warriors' offensive line Thusday night in a 43-21 victory over Oaks Christian was nothing short of spectacular.
Center Jordie Hannel, guards Anthony Davanzo and Javier Aguilera, tackles Keith Ramljak and Tony Mekari and tight end Johnny Stuart created the holes that allowed the Warriors to rush for 429 yards. And these were gigantic holes.
"This is really an experienced offensive line," Davanzo said. "We all started last year, and it was a really inexperienced defensive line. It looks easy, but when you have backs like Justin Moore . . . . Seeing how magicial he can run on the field is unreal."
Moore, a junior quarterback, rushed for 222 yards in 14 carries.
"Our offensive line made some great blocks," Moore said. "It definitely helped me having three years of varsity experience. I feel real comfortable with the speed of the game."
The Marmonte League is suddenly looking very similar to last season, when Westlake, Oaks Christian and Ventura St. Bonaventure took turns beating each other and finished in a three-way tie for first place. Westlake (5-0) ends its regular season in November with a game against St. Bonaventure to decide if it will win an outright league title.
"No matter what, it's going to be hard to run the table in this league," Moore said.
-- Eric Sondheimer