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Knights earn spot in JCGridiron.com’s national rankings

Shasta College football cracks national rankings list

Shasta College defensive players (from left) Jaquay Mills, Larry Polk and London McCall have helped the Knights reach the national rankings. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Shasta College positioned itself for a North State spring 2021 football championship with one game to play and JCGridiron.com editor Brad Hoiseth is taking notice of the Knights.

The Knights might be one of five teams playing in California this spring but Saturday’s 24-17 road win over Feather River was enough to catapult Shasta to a “bubble” team in the latest  JCGridiron.com’s Dirty 30 National Rankings released Monday. Knights coverage is presented by Shasta Orthopaedics.

Only 30 teams are ranked but there are an extra 25 teams “on the bubble” and Shasta comes in at No. 51.

San Francisco City College, which Shasta lost to 50-43 in overtime in the Golden State Bowl to close out 2019, is ranked 13th. Fellow NorCal Conference foes Sierra College (#26), American River (#35) and Butte (#41) are also ranked.

Shasta is a Hail Mary away from being 3-0. Had that tipped pass fallen to the turf, Shasta would have locked up the championship for the unique four-game COVID-induced spring season. Instead, the Knights sit at 2-1 with a road date at College of the Siskiyous Saturday to close out the season. Shasta lost to Siskiyous 19-16 on a last-second touchdown pass. Should Shasta win Saturday, it would give the Knights the North State title since Siskiyous lost to Feather River on March 20.

The Knights are starting 18 freshmen this spring and are gaining valuable experience that head coach Bryon Hamilton says will hopefully carry over to fall.

The top-ranked team is Northwest out of Mississippi. California has 10 of the top 30 spots and 23 of the top 55 overall with Riverside City College as the top team in the state at No. 5 overall.

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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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