It was not a good week for Northern Santa Barbara County football teams. 

Every team from the region that did play, ended up losing. 

That included Lompoc, Santa Maria, Righetti, Pioneer Valley and St. Joseph.

San Luis Obispo County had a better run of things, with Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo all scoring wins over Santa Maria Valley teams.

Win or lose, there were still individual performances worth pointing out. 

Righetti's Elias Martinez is a prime example of that. Lompoc's Nelson Maldonado and St. Joseph's Chris Miller are two more examples. So is Santa Maria's David Placencia. 

They all did what they could to help their teams in losing efforts. 

Nipomo's Gabe Evans and Arroyo Grande's Makai Puga helped lead their teams to wins in Mountain League games.

They're all up for Player of the Week. 

While the Northern Santa Barbara County teams were struggling, San Luis Obispo County teams were thriving.

Santa Maria's Jacob Nava won the award after the first week of play earlier this season. Righetti's Braden Claborn, Pioneer Valley's Adrian Rubalcava, VCA's Jacob Sanders, Santa Ynez' Luke Gildred and Righetti's Ryan Boivin then won the award.

Gildred is the only player outside of the Santa Maria Valley to take the honor this season, winning after throwing five touchdowns against Lompoc on Sept. 17.  

Readers can vote online at; and 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.

Below is the complete list of the nominees' statistics from games last week.


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