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A five-pack of standouts are up for the Player of the Week award.

Four of the five had a big hand in their teams scoring crucial victories in the third week of the season and four of them are nominated for the first time this year.

Adan Rubalcava, the lone candidate whose team lost Friday, had one of the all-time performances in school history, scoring three touchdowns and grabbing an interception as the Panthers gave Nipomo their best shot in a 26-20 defeat.

Makai Puga has given Arroyo Grande a shot in the arm after missing the season opener. Puga had a big game as the Eagles captured their first win of the season against San Luis Obispo on Friday. Puga had 224 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles beat the Tigers 42-14.

Vinny Hernandez, a Nipomo senior, had one of the more impressive all-around performances of the season as the Titans fended off Rubalcava's Panthers. Hernandez had 49 yards rushing on 11 carries with a touchdown to lead Nipomo's rushing attack. He also had 11 tackles, 10 of which were solo. He added two sacks and two forced fumbles, a tackle-for-loss and a quarterback hurry.

Santa Ynez junior Isaac Moran is a candidate for the first time this fall as well. Santa Ynez did just enough on offense to complement a stifling defensive performance in a 10-7 win over Nordhoff on Friday and Moran embodied that type of game. Moran had 44 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored the Pirates' lone touchdown. He was also the team's second-leading tackler with seven total stops.

The lone player to have been nominated earlier this season is Lompoc senior Deville Dickerson. The standout Idaho State commit had another bonkers evening in the return game, scoring on three returns in a 56-0 win over rival Cabrillo in the annual Big Game.

In three games this season, Dickerson has six return touchdowns. He has nine career return touchdowns in 22 games at Lompoc High. He had a kick return and a punt return against Paso Robles in the season opener, adding a punt return touchdown against Righetti in Lompoc’s second game. Then he added three more on Friday.

Lompoc plays at Arroyo Grande in a non-league game on Friday.

The winners of the first two weeks were from the Santa Maria Valley. Santa Maria High's Jacob Nava won after helping the Saints beat East Bakersfield in the season-opening week and Righetti's Braden Claborn won in the second week of the season after throwing three touchdowns in a loss to Lompoc.

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.