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Errors cost Indians

Westlake runs away with matchup of top-10 Northern Division teams

Posted: September 26, 2009 12:00 a.m.
Updated: September 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart quarterback C.J. Reyes (25) lowers his shoulder as he tries to get around Westlake's Mason Thibo (28) Friday at Cougar Stadium. Westlake defeated the Indians 48-21 in a non-league matchup.

Cougar Stadium was anticipating a showdown when Hart faced off with Westlake on Friday, a matchup of two CIF-Southern Section Northern Division Top-10 football teams.

When the dust cleared, four first-half turnovers led to three Westlake scores and proved to be too much for Hart to overcome in a 48-21 loss.

“They are very, very talented and we gave them a lot of opportunities,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “We didn’t play very well at all. We had probably 20 missed tackles in the first half.”

Indians quarterback C.J. Reyes, coming off a 303-yard, three-touchdown performance in last week’s win over Righetti, was held to 14-of-26 passing for 174 yards, two second-half touchdowns and three interceptions.

He also rushed eight times for 29 yards and another score.

According to Reyes, the reason for the lapse
was simple.

“Mental errors on both sides of the ball,” he said.

No. 4 Westlake (3-0) opened up the scoring first at 9:03 in the first quarter, when quarterback Nick Isham hit wide receiver Nelson Spruce on a 26-yard touchdown strike and a 7-0 lead.

A few possessions later, the Warriors added a 21-yard field goal by sophomore Alex Ball.

On the ensuing drive, No. 10 Hart (2-2) turned to senior running back Jake Stephens, who carried it on four straight plays, including a 46-yard run to the Westlake 5-yard-line.

Stephens racked up 150 yards off 20 carries, fumbling once, but Hart was forced to pass due to the early deficit.

Three plays later, Reyes dove through the line from the 1 to cut the lead to 10-7.

Westlake wasted little time responding.

Just over a minute after Reyes’ touchdown, Warriors junior quarterback Michael Bercovici, who split time with Isham all night, lofted the ball 31 yards to Spruce.

The wide receiver was able to get an outstretched right hand under the ball and flick it back into his chest to make the score 17-7.

A pair of Isham rushing touchdowns ballooned the lead to 31-7 going into halftime.

Isham finished the game 3-of-7 for 51 yards and one passing touchdown, while rushing for 43 yards off five carries and two more scores.

“He has the ability to make something out of nothing,” said Westlake head coach Jim Benkert.

In the second half, Westlake junior running back Tavior Mowry added an early rushing score from the 1 to push the lead to 38-7.

Mowry finished with 18 carries, 139 yards and a touchdown.

Hart got back on the board with 41 seconds left in the third, when Reyes found senior wide receiver Ty MacArthur for a 22-yard touchdown.

After Ball kicked a 30-yard field and running back Dallas Clayton ran the ball in from the 20 for Westlake, Reyes hit senior wide receiver Blake Borland from 20 yards out.

Borland caught four passes for 36 yards, while MacArthur hauled in four receptions for 51 yards and Da’jon Hairston had five catches for 79 yards.

Hart junior defensive back Michael Eiden recorded two sacks and recovered a first-half fumble to lead the defense.

“We unleashed our athletes tonight,” Benkert said.



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