The most dominant performances came from two players who weren't considered the No. 1 options at running back for their teams at the beginning of the season: Charles Williams of Bullard-Fresno and Lameshio Hill of Bakersfield.
But both backs broke loose for breakout evenings in Fresno and Los Angeles.
Here's this week's gold mines:
CHARLES WILLIAMS, RUNNING BACK, BULLARD-FRESNO
Williams got the call from the Knights to carry the load; and the 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior responded with 277 yards on 36 carries and four touchdowns in Bullard's 28-25 victory over Clovis West on Sept. 25.
LAMESHIO HILL, RUNNING BACK, BAKERSFIELD
Hill finished with 145 yards and five touchdowns in the Drillers' 49-6 stomping of Salesian-Los Angeles on Sept. 26. Hill energized a BHS offense that switched from its triple option attack to a wildcat formation.
MICHAEL WRIGHT, RUNNING BACK, DINUBA
He's officially the Emperors' all-time leading rusher with 4,196 career rushing yards, as he ran for 118 in the Emps' 41-10 rout of Porterville. Larry Hall held the previous school record with 4,155 yards.
JABAR BYRD, ATHLETE, MERCED
Byrd stampeded past the Clovis North Broncos with 109 yards on 18 carries, two rushing touchdowns and a 97-yard kickoff return for the score in the Bears' 32-25 home win.
BOLU OLURUNFUNMI, RUNNING BACK, CLOVIS NORTH
On one ankle, Olurunfunmi finished his night with 202 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns, as he overcame his injury to keep the Broncos in the game despite losing 32-25 to Merced.
ANTOINE CUSTER, RUNNING BACK, DE LA SALLE-CONCORD
Custer finished with 247 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns, as DLS pounded Orange County boss Servite-Anaheim 47-24.
BRYCE ARNOLD, LINEBACKER, CAMARILLO
The undersized 6-foot, 185-pound linebacker led the Scorpions with 15 tackles (12 solo) and had one stop behind the line of scrimmage in their 17-7 statement victory over previously unbeaten Ventura High.
BLAKE SCHMIEDERER, DEFENSIVE LINEMAN, SAN JOAQUIN MEMORIAL-FRESNO
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior wreaked the trenches against Sunnyside in a huge battle in Fresno, as the lineman had five tackles, four solo stops and three sacks in the Panthers' 42-14 rout.
DEONDRE VINES, ATHLETE, PACIFICA-OXNARD
The Tritons have ended their five-year streak of winning no more than four games thanks to their 5-0 start, and Vines was one reason for that accomplishment as a do-everything type for Pacifica against Buena-Ventura. Vines had 188 yards on nine catches with one receiving touchdown on offense, then added one interception and a fumble recovery on defense in PHS' 56-35 victory.