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Knights move into state Top 25 poll after big season-opening win

Shasta College ranked 25th in state poll

Shasta College's football team moved into the state rankings for the first time in 2019 after winning its season-opener against Chabot. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

It took one win for the Knights to turn heads around the state.

Coming off a 26-3 win over Chabot College in the season-opener on Saturday, Shasta College’s football team made it into the California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA) Football Poll after Week 1, coming in at No. 25.

The Knights were previously not ranked.

There are two other rankings in the CCCAA — the Junior College Athletic Bureau (JCAB) Coaches Poll and the CCCFCA Regional Poll — also have the Knights in them. The latter being the main determining factor for postseason bowl placement.

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Shasta College is a bubble team in the JCAB, coming in at 29th with 24 voting points. In the CCCFCA National Division NorCal Poll, Shasta is eighth with 11 points, one spot behind Laney, last year’s CCCAA state champion, and where Netflix is filming the next season of Last Chance U.

In the CCCSIA poll, other notable teams are Butte at No. 3, American River at No. 8 at Sierra at No. 22 — all are on Shasta College’s 2019 schedule.

Shasta goes on the road the next two weeks at unranked West Hills College Coalinga for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday and then goes to unranked Santa Rosa on Sept. 21 before returning home Sept. 28 against Sacramento City College at 6 p.m.

Editor’s Note: Shasta County Sports editor T.J. Holmes has one vote in the CCCSIA poll.

CCCSIA Poll (Week 1)

RK School Record Pts Prev.
1 Venture (8) 1-0 267 2
2 Riverside City (2) 1-0 262 3
3 Butte 1-0 234 5
4 San Mateo 1-0 219 6
5 Modesto 1-0 214 11
6 American River 1-0 206 8
7 Fresno City 1-0 200 7
8 Saddleback 1-0 183 12
9 San Francisco 1-0 180 9
10 Laney 0-1 154 1
11 Cerritos 1-0 153 13
12 Fullerton 1-0 132 17
13 Mt. San Antonio 1-0 130 T21
14 Canyons 0-1 122 4
15 San Bernardino Valley 1-0 107 20
16 Chaffey 1-0 87 T21
17 El Camino 0-1 84 10
18 Allan Hancock 0-0 83 16
19 Palomar 1-0 78 24
20 Reedley 1-0 73 T21
21 Long Beach City 1-0 68 RV
22 Sierra 0-1 43 15
23 Bakersfield 0-1 38 18
24 San Diego Mesa 1-0 29 NR
25 Shasta 1-0 28 RV

Junior College Athletic Bureau Coaches Poll (Week 1)

RK School Record Pts Prev.
1 Ventura (6) 1-0 278 2
2 Riverside City (2) 1-0 276 3
3 Butte 1-0 244 5
4 Saddleback (1) 1-0 229 12
5 San Mateo (1) 1-0 224 4
6 American River 1-0 219 7
7 San Francisco 1-0 207 8
8 Laney 0-1 196 1
9 Mt. San Antonio 1-0 182 21
10 Modesto 1-0 181 10
11 Cerritos 1-0 168 13
12 Fullerton (1) 1-0 151 18
13 Fresno City 1-0 143 11
14 Palomar 1-0 128 24
15 Canyons 0-1 124 6
16 Long Beach City 1-0 104 RV
T17 Chaffey 1-0 81 19
T17 Reedley 1-0 81 25
19 San Bernardino 1-0 65 NR
20 Bakersfield 0-1 61 16
21 San Diego Mesa 1-0 61 NR
22 El Camino 0-1 57 9
23 Allan Hancock 0-0 51 20
24 Sierra 0-1 50 15
T25 Siskiyous 0-1 31 NR
T25 Golden West 0-1 31 17

CCCFCA National Division NorCal Poll (Week 1)

Rk School Pts
1 San Mateo (3) 47
2 Butte (2) 42
3 American River 37
T4 Fresno City 33
T4 Modesto 33
6 San Francisco 30
7 Laney 15
8 Shasta 11
9 Sierra 10
10 Diablo Valley 7

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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