LA North: Westlake 31, Oaks Christian 12

WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- Westlake receiver Nelson Spruce scored two touchdowns for his team in a 31-12 Marmonte League win over Oaks Christian on Friday night. He caught seven passes for 115 yards.

His biggest catch of the night came on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Nick Isham in the third quarter.

Westlake, the No. 2-ranked team by ESPNLA.com, was up 21-12 and had just scored a touchdown on 1-yard keeper by Isham.

Oaks Christian, the No. 12 team in the ESPNLA.com rankings, was driving down the field and looking to close the gap when a fumbled snap led to a crucial turnover.

Defensive end Johnny Stuart scooped up the loose ball for Westlake on the Oaks Christian 27-yard line. Westlake took over on the 21-yard line.

On the next play from scrimmage, Isham hit Spruce with a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to give Westlake a comfortable 28-12 lead. The touchdown knocked the wind out of the Oaks Christian offense.

Isham was 21-for-26 passing and threw for 268 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Spruce was Isham’s favorite target. Jared Fry caught four passes for 31 yards. Tre’Shon Wilson caught two passes for 71 yards. He caught a pass along the sideline that he turned into a 63-yard reception in the third quarter.

After the two teams played a scoreless first quarter, Westlake struck first capping a second-quarter drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by Tavior Mowry. He rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries.

Oaks Christian climbed to within a point, 7-6, on a 23-yard touchdown reception by Blair Holliday. It was his first of two touchdown catches. Holliday finished with six catches for 78 yards. Teammate Jordan Payton caught 10 passes for 78 yards.

Oaks Christian was passing the ball effectively in the first half. Westlake coach Jim Benkert made an adjustment on defense to counter the Oaks Christian passing attack. He started using six defensive backs and a three-man defensive line. Holliday and Payton faced double teams for most of the second half and that slowed the Oaks Christian passing game.

“We bent a little bit but didn’t break,” Benkert said. “We were afraid of what they did to us earlier. Our kids did a good job adjusting.”

Westlake went up 14-6 at halftime on a 9-yard touchdown catch by Spruce with 31 seconds left in the second quarter.

Oaks Christian cut the lead to two points on Holliday’s second touchdown of the game. He caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Richie Harrington in the third quarter.

Harrington was 21-of-32 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions in the second half after Westlake started dropping six defensive backs in coverage.

Westlake outscored Oaks Christian, 17-6, in the second half. Alex Ball scored Westlake’s last three points of the game on a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.