All Casey Quinn seems to do in Kern County is win football games.
A year removed while coaching Clovis North in 2016, the former Chavez coach that led the Titans to consecutive 10-win seasons in 2014-15, is back at it.
In Quinn’s first season at McFarland, the Cougars are 3-0 after defeating Kern Valley 34-12 at home on Friday.
A defensive-minded coach that has his hands all over the improving McFarland program is getting stellar play from the defense, yielding just 26 points in the first three games.
"They are way behind the knowledge of the game, but they have the eagerness and effort to get it done on the field," Quinn said. "These kids are awesome. They are fearless and OK with being uncomfortable."
Frankie Lopez rushed for nearly 200 yards on Friday and Juan Carlos Chavez threw for 150 yards and ran for nearly 100 yards for the Cougars over Kern Valley.
Quick, name the only undefeated team in the Southwest Yosemite League.
Too slow, the answer is Frontier.
Under first-year head coach Chris Bandy, the Titans have done exactly as they should, win the games they are favorites in, like Friday’s 31-13 home win over Atascadero.
But the Titans also are winning on the road, like the 35-25 win over Ridgeview on Sept. 8.
While Tye Johnson was the workhorse in the first two weeks, racking up 374 yards on the ground, it was J.J. Flores that stole the show this week.
The senior, who is one of the best 400-meter runners in the Central Section, needed just three carries to go for 101 yards and scoring on two of those plays.
Bakersfield, Liberty, Stockdale and Centennial are all now 1-2 after each team took a loss this week and Garces is now 0-3 heading into a road game at Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial on Saturday.
But what does this mean for the SWYL with league games just two weeks away?
Not sure, really.
BHS, Liberty and Garces all have strength of schedules on their side to atone for the losses against state-ranked top 25 opponents early on.
Centennial’s two losses have been a direct result of turnovers and the inability to score when in the redzone, especially against Pomona-Diamond Ranch on Aug. 25.
It will be quite interesting to see how the league shakes out once the head-to-head competition begins Oct. 6.
• West, a year after posting a 1-9 season is now 2-0 after beating Foothill 36-20. For the second consecutive week, Leauauna Laulu rushed went over the century-mark rushing with 111 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings.
• Bakersfield Christian senior quarterback Braden Wingle set the section season-season passing yards record last year with 4,379 yards. In the 15 games the Eagles played, Wingle threw for more than 300 yards six times.
On Friday in a 39-13 win at Tehachapi, Wingle, who has been hampered with a knee injury suffered in the season opener against Garces, threw for 386 yards, his first 300-plus passing game this season.
• Golden Valley junior Carl Jones does just about everything for the Bulldogs except tape the ankles of his teammates pregame.
In Friday’s 35-20 win over Shafter, Jones connected with Adrian Hodges for a 75-yard touchdown pass, ran another in for 20 yards and returned an interception back 30 yards for a touchdown.
Jones is responsible for 10 touchdowns in three games score four different ways, including a kickoff return against Centennial on Sept. 8.