Here's what stood out this past weekend in my eyes:
--San Joaquin Delta is looking like an early darkhorse contender to make a state title run. Already, they've knocked off a Chabot College team that was 9-1 last season. Yesterday, they beat Reedley College in so many ways from offense, defense and even special teams.
--Who sticks out from the Mustangs? There's speed demon Jack Killian, who began the first half by hauling in four receptions including a 43 and 61 yarder, en route to 139 receiving yards in the first half. Quarterback Sam Hutsell is small at not even six feet, but he can run and he has a gun with his right arm. De'Marieya Nelson is a versatile receiving option who lines up at tight end and even quarterback in the wildcat, and he's brutal with his physical running style with his 6-foot-3, 230 pound frame. Finally, there's a defensive unit who got eight sacks and four turnovers.
--Staying with the JC scene, an emerging star is Merced's Tyrell Vinson. The Blue Devils' weapon had 164 yards on eight receptions for a touchdown in week one, and also has 173 yards on kick returns for two more scores.
--It didn't take long for College of the Sequoias' Tyler Ferguson to redeem himself from his three interception outing in his first collegiate game. The former Ridgeview-Bakersfield star, who once drew interest from Idaho and San Jose State, went off with six touchdown passes against a normally quick and athletic West Hills College defense. The 6-foot-4 Ferguson finished with 28 completions out of 40 attempts and 481 yards. He also had no interceptions. His top weapon was Kevin Elijah, who had 10 catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns in the 69-20 romp.
--Staying with COS, the loaded and deep secondary struck again for the Giants, with four total interceptions, including one from Texas Tech commit Darren Doston. Darrell Perry took one pass in for a 76 yard touchdown return, while Gary Robinson looks to be next in line at COS with two picks in the first two games this year.
--Over at Fresno City, big bruiser Rob Johnson is picking up where he left off last season. The hard-nosed runner had 22 carries, 101 yards and three scores (one for a 19 yard reception) for the Rams in the 47-38 victory over Merced.
--Down in the Central Coast, Cameron Artis-Payne of Allan Hancock is beginning to make his case as the top running back in the junior college scene. The sophomore, who holds offers from the Mountain West ranks, gained 232 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 33-20 victory. Artis-Payne averaged 10.5 yards per carry on his runs.