It was not difficult to find a full slate of worthy candidates for the Player of the Week contest.
Up and down the Central Coast, high school football players put forth impressive performances worthy of recognition, though we'll start in Santa Maria this week.
The vote totals will be combined from all three sites to determine the winner. This is an open-access poll and is not scientific.
Caden Cuccia, St. Joseph QBUpdated
St. Joseph's football team finally played a home game and finally got its first win as sophomore quarterback Caden Cuccia got the Knights out to a 47-7 halftime lead over San Jose Santa Teresa.
Cuccia did most of his damage in that first half as he finished the game with 274 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also ran for 82 yards in the 54-7 victory, improving the Knights to 1-3 on the season heading into Friday's home game against San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret's.
Caden Cuccia, St. Joseph QB: 13 for 16, 274 yards, 3 TDs; 82 yards rushing in 54-7 win over Santa Teresa.
Alejandro Castillo, Santa Maria RB/LBUpdated
While Cuccia and the Knights were rolling, Santa Maria was cruising past Cabrillo at Huyck Stadium in Lompoc. Alejandro Castillo, a Saints captain, helped Santa Maria improve to 2-2 on the season with a 35-6 win.
Saints coach Albert Mendoza said Castillo has a 3.6 GPA and leads the team in tackles.
"He represents everything we want to build here at Santa Maria," Mendoza said of Castillo. "He was all over the place and had a great game against Cabrillo."
Alejandro Castillo, Santa Maria RB/LB: leading tackler in 35-6 win over Cabrillo.
Sean Swain, Valley Christian QBUpdated
Sean Swain, VCA's quarterback, threw four touchdown passes as the Lions routed Lancaster Baptist 56-27, a big-time upset win. Lancaster Baptist was ranked fifth in the CIF-SS Division 2 8-man rankings heading into that game and VCA was unranked.
Sean Swain, Valley Christian QB: 8 for 16, 141 yards, 4 TDs in 56-27 win over Lancaster Baptist.
Luke Gildred, Santa Ynez QBUpdated
Meanwhile, in Santa Ynez, Luke Gildred led his Pirates to a historic victory over Lompoc. Gildred threw five touchdown passes in the 34-30 win over the Braves, Santa Ynez' first win over Lompoc since 2009. Gildred went 18 for 32 for 319 yards with the five touchdowns.
Luke Gildred, Santa Ynez QB: 18 for 32, 319 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs in 34-30 win over Lompoc.
Deville Dickerson, Lompoc DB/WRUpdated
In a losing effort for Lompoc, Deville Dickerson had 10 catches for 203 yards and a touchdown and also intercepted a pass for the Braves.
Deville Dickerson, Lompoc DB/WR: 10 catches, 203 yards, TD; INT in 34-30 loss to Santa Ynez.
Kaden Tynes, Arroyo Grande RB/LBUpdated
In San Luis Obispo County, Kaden Tynes continued his stellar season. The Arroyo Grande leader rushed for two touchdowns and returned an interception for another score in a 48-13 win over Madera Torres. Tynes was also nominated last week after helping Arroyo Grande beat Lompoc.
Kaden Tynes, Arroyo Grande RB/LB: 8 carries, 78 yards, 2 TDs; four tackles, INT return for TD in 48-13 win over Madera Torres.
Vinny Hernandez, Nipomo RB/LBUpdated
Nipomo's Vinny Hernandez had another monster all-around game, rushing for a touchdown while racking up 10 tackles and three sacks in a win over Morro Bay. The Titans are 4-0 on the season and host San Luis Obispo on Friday.
Vinny Hernandez, Nipomo RB/LB: 11 carries, 83 yards, TD; 1 catch, 12 yards; 10 total tackles, 3 sacks, 3 TFLs, 1 PBU; 2-point conversion in 48-35 win over Morro Bay.