Rivalry week has come and gone. So has the 2019 season.
For the final regular season Player of the Week poll, I looked for big performances from guys in big games. That doesn't mean huge statistical performances either.
It cold be a guy who made a handful of big plays or one game-changing play last week.
The Knights are 7-3. Not too long ago, that seemed unfathomable. On Sept. 27, after a 28-14 loss to Lompoc, the St. Joseph football team was 2-3.
For instance, Daniel Galassi, an interior lineman for St. Joseph, didn't have double-digit tackles last week. But his performance was huge against rival Righetti. Galassi was a disruptive force in the trenches, slipping under or around his blocker to stifle the Righetti offense.
Dominick Martinez, Santa Maria's senior QB, didn't have his best statistical game. But his 64-yard TD run in the second half was the game-winning play. On the other side of the field, Oskar Ruiz had a solid game, with eight total tackles as Pioneer Valley nearly pulled off the upset against the Sains as Ruiz led a spirited PVHS defense.
There were still plenty of big-time statistical outings. Cavin Ross sliced up the Cabrillo defense in the Big Game, throwing for five TDs and 275 yards.
Bennett Redell had a monster game against San Marcos, rushing for 188 yards and three scores while throwing for 192 yards and another TD.
Alex Sutton has been doing this for years. Naylea Calderon is fairly new to her craft. Either way, both were first-time Athlete of the Week winners during Monday's Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table luncheon at Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt.
In a loss to Templeton, Keyshawn Pu'a carried the rock 30 times for 152 yards.
There's also Alex Sutton's wild stat line: Two TD passes at quarterback, 14 carries for 161 yards and three scores as a runner and four tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense.
Tanner Van Brasch had a solid defensive game as SLO cruised past Morro Bay in the regular season finale for the 9-1 Tigers. Van Brasch had 10 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, a sack and a blocked punt.
As always, vote all week and we'll announce the winner on Thursday. We'll be back for the first round of the playoffs.
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The Hancock College football team’s Pacific League winning streak is now at 16 games.
Daniel Galassi, St. Joseph DL: 5 tackles, 3 TFLs, sack. Cavin Ross, Lompoc QB: 14 for 20, 275 yards passing, 5 TDs. Bennett Redell, Santa Ynez QB: 10 for 14, 192 yards passing, 1 TD; 19 carries, 188 yards, 3 TDs rushing.
Keyshawn Pu'a, Nipomo RB-QB-LB: 30 carries, 152 yards, 1 TD. Dominick Martinez, Santa Maria QB: 2 for 10 passing, 10 yards, INT; 20 carries, 160 yards, TD; 3 tackles on defense. Oskar Ruiz, Pioneer Valley LB: 8 total tackles, (2 solo), 2 TFLs. Tanner Van Brasch, SLO LB: 10 total tackles (6 solo), 2 TFLs, sack, blocked punt. Alex Sutton, Orcutt Academy QB-LB: Two TD passes; 14 carries, 161 yards, 3 TDs; 4 tackles, sack, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
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Righetti's Christian Licerio catches a pass in front of St. Joseph's Patrick Heard.
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St. Joseph's Devin Guggia steps into the end zone to score the Knights' final touchdown ahead of Righetti's Kidasi Nepa, Ryan Boivin and Matt Simms.
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St. Joseph's Ethan Otremba tries to stop Righetti's Kidasi Nepa.
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St. Joseph's Hunter Barnhart passes against Righetti last week. Barnhart has been instrumental in leading the Knights to a five-game win streak.
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St. Joseph's Tyler Williams strips the ball from Righetti's Logan Mortensen, forcing a turnover.
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Righetti fans celebrate.
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St. Joseph's Daniel Galassi sacks Righetti's Logan Mortensen on third down, forcing a Warrior punt.
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St. Joseph's Hunter Barnhart runs the ball against Righetti.
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St. Joseph's Michael Madrigal tackles Righetti's Kidasi Nepa during last Friday's game, a 22-7 win for the Knights. Madrigal and St. Joseph never questioned the team's process after a three-game losing streak. Now they've won five in a row heading into the playoffs.
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Righetti fans have a home that backs up to St. Joseph's field.
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St. Joseph's Vincent Geronimo catches a pass between Righetti's Jordan Fields and Chris Miller (14) during last week's game. St. Joseph is set to host Fresno Sunnyside Friday in the first round of the CIF Central Section playoffs while Righetti will take on Bakersfield Stockdale.
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Fans in end zone.
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St. Joseph's Darien Langley catches a pass against Righetti.
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Righetti coach Tony Payne high fives Joseph Cardenas after a turnover on downs.
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St. Joseph's Devin Guggia scores as Righetti's Chris Vargas and Joseph Cardenas try to stop him.
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St. Joseph's Noah Skarda (5) celebrates after scoring on a two-point conversion Friday night in the game against Righetti.
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Righetti's Kidasi Nepa carries the ball against St. Joseph.
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Righetti's Logan Mortensen runs away from St. Joseph's Sebastian Ramirez.
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St. Joseph's Noah Skarda runs the ball against Righetti's Ethan Davenport.
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St. Joseph coach Pepe Villasenor and Righetti's coach Tony Payne shake hands after the game.
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A jubilant Dan Ellington gets a hug from a member of his staff following Santa Maria High's first win of the yearly rivalry game
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Santa Maria quarterback Dominick Martinez rolls out during the Main Street Classic game against Pioneer Valley Friday night.
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Elias Martinez of Pioneer Valley scored the only touchdown of the first half as Sammy Benitez defends during a non-conference game at Pioneer Valley.
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Santa Maria fans packed the bleachers at Pioneer Valley to support their team
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Jovanny Garcia of Santa Maria waits to tackle Danny Martinez during a non-conference game at Pioneer Valley
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Area veterans served as the honor guard prior to the game between Santa Maria and Pioneer Valley
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Jovanny Garcia looks for running room during a non-conference game at Pioneer Valley
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Joe Arriola of Pioneer Valley pulls down Jovanny Garcia during a non-conference game at Pioneer Valley
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Jovanny Garcia runs during a non-conference game at Pioneer Valley
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Alex Rodriguez of Santa Maria can't hang on to a pass during a non-conference game at Pioneer Valley
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Santa Maria head coach Dan Ellington following his team's victory at Pioneer Valley Friday night. The Saints beat Pioneer Valley for the first time in school history.
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Jovanny Garcia cuts to his right during the yearly rivalry game between Pioneer Valley and Santa Maria.
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A Santa Maria field goal in the second half made the winning margin 10-6
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Santa Maria Head Coach Dan Ellington watches from the sidelines
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Pioneer Valley Head Coach John Beck looks on as his team lost to Santa Maria High 10-6
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Santa Maria quarterback Dominick Martinez gains yards around the corner
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Jovanny Garcia of Santa Maria gets ready to tackle Pioneer Valley quarterback Danny Martinez
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Santa Maria defenders Jason Sanchez and Joannes Gonzalez team up to bring down the Santa Maria ball carrier
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Jovanny Garcia of Santa Maria gets hit high and low while running
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Jovanny Garcia breaks tackles
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An officiating crew comprised of armed forces veterans worked the game between Santa Maria High and Pioneer Valley during the annual rivalry game. The officials and both teams wore special uniforms to commemorate the event
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Santa Maria Saints captains display special uniforms honoring veterans before Friday's game against Pioneer Valley.
Tiana Terrones waves the Braves' flag before the Big Game against Cabrillo.
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Lompoc's Joker Dickerson returns a kick against Cabrillo.
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Lompoc's Gavin Townes runs between Cabrillo's Florian Leblanc and JJ Lombrana during Friday's Big Game at Huyck Stadium.
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Cabrillo's Cade Mcnamee runs the ball against Lompoc.
Lompoc Braves make their way onto the field.
Lompoc's Cavin Ross passes as Cabrillo's Tony Boneck rushes during Friday's Big Game at Huyck Stadium.
Lompoc's Ryan Morgan scores the first touchdown of the Big Game against Cabrillo.
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Cabrillo's Cade McNamee reaches for a pass with Lompoc's Luke Gardner.
Lompoc's Ryan Morgan (5) celebrates first touchdown of the Big Game.
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Santa Ynez' Lars Ladinig brings down San Marcos' George Tracewell on the opening kickoff.
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Santa Ynez' Logan Ast and Mikey Gills (35) tackle San Marcos' Henry Herrera.
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Santa Ynez' Dean Tipolt picks up a San Marcos fumble and takes off on a long return run.
Pirates rout San Marcos in finale
Santa Ynez' Camron Prendergast makes a long catch over San Marcos' Isaac Sotelo during Friday's game. The Pirates beat the Royals 48-27 to finish the regular season with a 4-6 overall record. They went 2-3 in Channel League play. The Pirates, in Division 8, are unlikely to land an at-large big for the CIF Southern Section playoffs, and may be done for the season.
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Santa Ynez' Camron Prendergast carries the ball against San Marcos.
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Santa Ynez celebrates a touchdown against San Marcos.
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Santa Ynez' Logan Ast runs against San Marcos.
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Santa Ynez' Dean Tipolt sacks San Marcos' Ben Partee.
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Santa Ynez' Bennett Redell runs against San Marcos.
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Santa Ynez' Ivan Hernandez and Mikey Gills bring down San Marcos' Ben Partee.
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Santa Ynez' Lars Ladinig catches a pass for the Pirates' first touchdown against San Marcos Friday night in Santa Ynez. The Pirates went on to a 48-27 victory.
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Santa Ynez' Lars Ladinig runs against San Marcos.
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