HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: WEEK 4 : Westlake Gets Jump-Start in League Play


Westlake High wanted to use Friday night’s Marmonte League opener at Channel Islands to set the tone for the league season.

Mission accomplished.

Westlake trounced the Raiders, 32-9, and it could have been worse. The Warriors had touchdown runs by tailbacks Jamal Harris and Jonathan Weems called back on penalties.

“We came off a game last week [a 37-7 loss to Hart] where we didn’t execute,” said Westlake’s Steve Aylsworth, who passed for a touchdown and also caught one. “Tonight we came out, played ball and got the job done, even with the touchdowns called back.”


Westlake (2-1-1) scored the first two times it had the ball. The first drive covered 55 yards in four plays and was capped by a 40-yard scoring run by Weems. The second covered 35 yards in five plays, with Aylsworth throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tim Bogle for a 14-0 Westlake lead with three minutes to play in the first quarter.

Westlake scored again with a minute to play in the half when Aylsworth made a diving catch in the end zone on a seven-yard pass from Casey Preston.

Channel Islands’ Ryan Brunsell kicked a 29-yard field goal to get the Raiders to within 20-3 at halftime.

Westlake scored in the second half on touchdown runs of 34 and two yards by Harris, who had 132 yards in 14 carries.

Channel Islands (2-2) scored its touchdown with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter when Jerry Ahching caught a six-yard pass from Charles Merricks.