Shasta College heads into its bye week flirting with a top 10 ranking in the state poll.
The Knights leaned on its defense again Saturday in a 20-7 win over visiting Sequoias to go to the midpoint of the season with a 5-0 overall record. It’s led to a No. 11 ranking in the Junior College Athletic Bureau (JCAB) Coaches Poll this week and inside the top 10 for the California Community College Sports Information Association poll (CCCSIA) at No. 8.
Despite climbing in both those polls — three spots in the CCCSIA and four spots in the JCAB Coaches Poll — Shasta was jumped by both American River College and Butte College, respectively, in the NorCal National Division Poll with both teams picking up their third win of the year.
American River went from seventh to fourth after beating previous No. 3 Fresno City 9-3 and Butte beat Laney 24-7 to go from sixth to fifth. Shasta dropped from fifth to seventh. Other than Shasta, top-ranked San Mateo and No. 2 Modesto are unbeaten in the NorCal National Division Poll.
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Shasta College also moved up 11 spots in the JCGridiron’s Dirty 30 National Rankings to No. 39. Butte comes in at No. 23 and American River is No. 24.
Below are the rankings:
Editor’s Note: Shasta County Sports editor T.J. Holmes has one vote in the CCCSIA poll.
CCCSIA Poll (Week 5)
|1||Riverside City (9)||5-0||272||1|
|2||San Mateo (2)||5-0||266||2|
|12||San Diego Mesa||4-1||144||9|
|17||Mt. San Antonio||3-2||92||15|
|19||San Bernardino Valley||4-1||84||19|
|20||Mt. San Jacinto||5-0||61||RV|
|24||Long Beach City||3-2||38||RV|
Others: Laney (29), Fullerton (29), Cabrillo (14), College of the Sequoias (10), Antelope Valley (9), Chabot (6), Allan Hancock (3), Bakersfield (3).
Junior College Athletic Bureau Coaches Poll (Week 5)
|1||San Mateo (6)||5-0||269||2|
|13||San Diego Mesa||4-1||137||T8|
|16||Long Beach City||3-2||99||19|
|18||Mt. San Antonio||3-2||82||14|
|T23||Mt. San Jacinto||5-0||37||RV|
Others: San Bernardino Valley (30), Bakersfield (18), Monterey Peninsula (12), Diablo Valley (10), Chabot (6), College of the Sequoias (6), East Los Angeles (5), Golden West (5), Allan Hancock (4), Merced (1).
CCCFCA National Division NorCal Poll (Week 5)
|1||San Mateo (4)||40||1|
Shasta College Schedule
Sept. 7 vs. CHABOT — WIN 26-3 (1-0)
Sept. 14 at West Hills — WIN 30-14 (2-0)
Sept. 21 at Santa Rosa, 1 p.m. — WIN 24-17 (3-0)
Sept. 28 vs. SACRAMENTO CITY — WIN 22-6 (4-0)
Oct. 5 vs.  COLLEGE OF SEQUOIAS — WIN 20-7 (5-0)
Oct. 12 — BYE WEEK
*Oct. 19 at Sierra College (Rocklin), 2 p.m.
*Oct. 26 vs. FEATHER RIVER, 6 p.m.
*Nov. 2 at College of the Siskiyous (Weed), 1 p.m.
*Nov. 9 vs. AMERICAN RIVER, 6 p.m.
*Nov. 16 at Butte, 1 p.m.
*Denotes NorCal Conference game
BOLD = Home game
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