It was going to be hard to top the CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship game from a year ago.
Westlake won the game, 14-10, over Moorpark in the 2009 Northern Division championship. Westlake had a chance to repeat as champs, but lost to Oaks Christian, 29-28, on Friday night.
Westlake quarterback Nick Isham had a second chance to finish what he started two years ago. Isham broke his collar bone in the championship game against Moorpark in 2009. He had to sit out while freshman quarterback Justin Moore rallied Westlake with a fourth-quarter drive to win the game.
Isham put his team in position to win the game against Oaks Christian. He threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He scored his team’s first touchdown on a 10-yard run in the first quarter. He intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
He manufactured a 58-yard drive with 36 seconds left in the game to give his kicker, Alex Ball, a chance to win it with a 41-yard field goal.
Ball’s kick had the distance, but the ball hit the goal post. The football bounced back into the end zone as a dejected Westlake team looked on in disbelief.
Westlake and Isham fell short in their pursuit of a second straight CIF football championship. For Isham, it was doubly disappointing. A year after having to sit out of the championship game, he did everything right to put his team in position to win this year’s championship game.
It was a great win for Oaks Christian. It was its first tour through the tough Marmonte League and its first championship in its first year playing in the Northern Division.
Oaks Christian quarterback Richie Harrington said after the game there was some justice to winning by one point.
In the Northwest Division championship game last year against Gardena Serra, Oaks Christian lost 42-41.
The football gods redeemed Oaks Christian. Those same football gods owe Isham at least a couple of wins.