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After five splendid performances in the opening week of the high school football season, Central Coast athletes took their games to another level in the second week of the season.

There are seven athletes up for the Player of the Week contest that will close Friday afternoon, including the reigning Player of the Week. 

About half of this week's participants helped their team to wins, with two of them having a hand in their teams getting off to 2-0 starts. 

St. Joseph receiver Travis Royal put together the most impressive receiving performance the area has seen in two weeks of action this fall. Though the Knights fell at Bakersfield Frontier 35-33, dropping to 0-2 on the season, Royal did his part with 156 receiving yards and three touchdowns as he and quarterback Caden Cuccia linked up seven times. 

Lompoc's Sheldon Canley Jr. has had his impressive performance against Righetti highlighted extensively over the last few days, being named the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week on Monday. 

Canley is also up for the Player of the Week award after rushing for 193 yards on 21 carries and scoring three touchdowns in the 42-20 win at Righetti on Friday. The San Diego State commit scored on a 69-yard run on his first carry of the game and capped his performance with a 76-yard touchdown run to help the Braves move to 2-0.

On the other end of that game was Righetti quarterback Braden Claborn. In his first varsity start, Claborn lived up to the hype by powering Righetti's offense. Claborn electrified the Righetti passing attack, throwing three touchdown passes, two to Cooper Bagby and another to Elias Martinez, both of whom helped out their quarterback by making plays after the catch. 

Nipomo routed Cabrillo 56-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season as Nate Reese accounted for five touchdowns, throwing two and running for three more. Reese completed 6-of-7 passes for 92 yards and the two scores. He needed only five carries to rush for 132 yards and three scores against Cabrillo.

Mikey Gills was a defensive dynamo as Santa Ynez beat Fillmore 26-21 to move to 1-1 on the season. Gills had 16 total tackles and 1.5 sacks in the win. 

Jacob Nava won the Player of the Week award last week and is back again. He rushed for 148 yards in the 13-6 loss to San Marcos as the Saints fell to 1-1. Nava had an 18-yard touchdown run called back on a hold that could've gave the Saints a win. Nava is also a starter on defense.

On the 8-man side, Orcutt Academy played its first football game since 2019 and narrowly lost to Laguna Blanca 42-38. Noah Nickell did his part, scoring twice while catching four passes for 83 yards. Nickell also made five tackles on defense.

Below is a complete list of the nominees' statistics from their Week One games.

Readers can vote online at santamariatimes.com; lompocrecord.com and syvnews.com. The polls close at 2 p.m. on Friday and the winner will be announced before that night's games. 

The vote totals will be combined from all three sites to determine the winner. This is an open-access poll and is not scientific.