Despite being ahead at the half, 21-9, Westlake Coach George Contreras was hardly pleased with his team's first-half performance Friday night against Marmonte League rival Camarillo.
"Our offense was sputtering," Contreras said. "I'm not happy with the way we were playing. We had some nice runs, but we weren't controlling the ball the way we should."
In the second half, Westlake controlled the ball enough to beat Camarillo, 42-22.
Actually, Warrior running back Gary Wellman controlled the Scorpions. The 5-9, 160-pound senior rushed for 169 yards on nine carries and scored five touchdowns. He threw for another. Wellman entered the game as the scoring leader among the Southern Section's Valley-area players. The running back now has 21 touchdowns in seven games.
Camarillo (1-6 overall, 0-3 in league) tried to keep pace with the Warrior offense, but fell short.
After Westlake scored a first-quarter touchdown on Wellman's halfback pass to Todd Thompson, Camarillo came back to score after an 11-play, 69-yard drive. Kevin Ochs scored from eight yards out.