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Knights climb in national rankings after clinching NorCal Conference crown

Shasta College is picking up national attention after its NorCal conference title

Shasta College moves up to No. 44 in the JCGridiron national rankings. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Momentum can be an underestimated outlier in turning the game around. Shasta College swung momentum in its favor in Saturday’s 52-51 comeback victory over College of the Siskiyous Saturday to clinch the NorCal Conference championship in the condensed spring 2021 season.

And the Knights are rewarded for their efforts.

JCGridiron.com ranked Shasta 44th in its latest national Dirty 30 junior college football rankings released Monday, up seven spots from the previous week as a bubble team. Shasta College coverage is presented by Shasta Orthpaedics.

Now the Knights head into the offseason on a three-game winning streak, a conference title, a roster full of freshmen who overcame adversity while gaining experience together and they continue to climb the national ranks.

Northwest out of Senatobia, Mississippi finished its season 6-0 and is the No. 1 team. California JUCO’s have 23 of the 55 overall spots with Riverside City College the top team in the state, coming in a No. 7 in the national rankings.

HIGHLIGHTS: Shasta beats Siskiyous 52-51

The Knights are locked in to face at least three nationally ranked teams in the 2021 season. Sierra (25th), American River (32nd) and Butte (40th) make up three of the five NorCal Conference opponents for Shasta. Santa Rosa joins the NorCal Conference in 2021, replacing Feather River.

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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