Westlake and Oaks Christian are two of the best high school programs in California, but they have thrived the last two seasons despite some abrupt changes at quarterback.
Westlake, which plays host to Del Oro tonight in round two of the Battle for Veterans, auditioned three quarterbacks last week in its 24-6 win over Granite Bay, including Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas sophomore transfer Danny Hong. He shared time with junior Tommy Gonzales and senior Neil Uskali
Justin Moore was Westlake's starter and a standout as a junior in 2011.
He passed for 2,483 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 1,099 yards and 13 scores (including 359 total yards in a 30-27 overtime win at Del Oro) in leading the Warriors to a 14-1 record and CIF State Bowl Open Division game.
But Moore opted in January to transfer to another school and give up football.
Last season at Oaks Christian, junior Luke Falk, a Utah transfer, was the opening day quarterback for the Lions.
But when Falk threw three interceptions in a loss to Bellevue, Wash., he was replaced by sophomore Jordan Dawkins, who went on to be named Cal-Hi Sports' State Sophomore of the Year.
Falk is now playing back at his old high school in Logan, Utah, and Dawkins is a major college recruit for Oaks Christian, ranked No. 4 in California by Cal-Hi Sports. He already has offers from Utah and Notre Dame.
Dawkins completed 12 of 17 passes for 130 yards and rushed for a touchdown in the Lions' 40-0 win over Del Oro last Friday.
He'll be in action Saturday at Westlake High against Granite Bay.