Westlake football sees lead evaporate to Charter Oak – LA Daily News


WESTLAKE VILLAGE — Charter Oak looked like it did not belong on the same field as Westlake after giving up 21 first-quarter points.

But the Chargers refused to quit and erased the deficit to defeat Westlake on the road 39-28 in the Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals Friday.

“I told this team to just play one down at a time,” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said. “Just play it one down at a time and one play at a time. This team has more heart then any team I have ever coached and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Westlake (8-4) scored quickly with Carson Kuhl taking the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Kuhl also added a 6-yard touchdown catch.

Charter Oak (12-0), who will face Rancho Verde in the semifinals, turned the game around in the third quarter when trailing 28-20, Isaiah Hamilton intercepted Jake Kaplinski’s pass and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown.

“I just read the play and I knew (Kaplinski) was going to inside shoulder,” Hamilton said. “I took off and was fortunate I had guys out in front of me.”

The Chargers’ defense accounted for four touchdowns, recorded four interceptions and added three sacks. Michael Anyanwu had two interceptions and Jermaine Braddock returned one 38 yards for Charter Oak’s first touchdown.

“That defense did some things that we hadn’t seen all season,” Westlake coach Tim Kirksey said. “Charter Oak changed some things that we were not prepared for and I put all those interceptions on me.”

Charter Oak took the lead for good with 6:02 left when Matthew Chavez ran in for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 32-28. Chavez rushed for 158 yards and had three touchdowns on 13 carries

“I just followed my blockers and they did a great job tonight,” Chavez said. “It was just about remaining patient, see what the defense gave me and wait for the holes to open up.”

While Westlake’s dream of a semifinal berth ended, Charter Oak returns to the semifinals after losing in Division 4 last year to eventual champion Sierra Canyon.


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