Back-to-back victories over winless teams is enough to have the Knights move up in the state rankings. It also helps that other teams ahead of them are being picked off as well.
Shasta College’s football team beat rival College of the Siskiyous 23-7 last week and moved up two spots to 15th in the Junior College Athletic Bureau’s Coaches Poll (JCAB) and stayed put at 12th in the California Community College Sports Information Association Poll (CCCSIA).
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The biggest shaker was a pair of top five teams suffered a loss last week with No. 4 Modesto (6-2) and No. 5 Ventura (6-2) falling to eighth and 10th, respectively, while No. 7 Butte (5-3) also dropped out of the top 10 to 13th after a 14-7 loss to American River (6-2) — up three spots to No. 5.
Shasta College (7-1) hosts American River Saturday at 6 p.m. in the final home game of the year and essentially for the NorCal Conference title. Also to note, Shasta is three spots ahead of NorCal Conference foe Sierra, which handed the Knights their only loss of the year. Sierra (5-3) is 18th while last year’s CCCAA State Champion Laney (4-4) is 16th.
In the CCCSIA, Shasta is tied for 12th with El Camino but ranked ahead of No. 14 Butte and No. 18 Sierra. American River is tied for fourth with Saddleback.
The National NorCal Regional Poll, which is used for filling the top four teams in the state playoffs, has Shasta seventh, behind both conference foes American River (second) and Butte (sixth). If Shasta can pull off wins over both ARC and Butte in the final two weeks then the Knights will be in the playoff as the conference champion, however, a win over ARC might be enough to catapult them into the top four.
Shasta moved up four spots in the JCGridiron’s Dirty 30 National Rankings to 44th and face No. 12 American River this week. Butte is ranked 27th.
Below are the rankings. Bolded teams are 2019 opponents for Shasta College.
Editor’s Note: Shasta County Sports editor T.J. Holmes has one vote in the CCCSIA poll.
CCCSIA Poll (Week 9)
|2||San Mateo (2)||8-0||266||2|
|11||Mt. San Antonio||6-2||166||13|
|15||Long Beach City||6-2||124||18|
|17||San Bernardino Valley||7-1||90||19|
|24||San Diego Mesa||5-3||38||16|
Others: Allan Hancock (28), College of the Sequoias (26), Fullerton (19), Chabot (15), Mt. San Jacinto (5), Antelope Valley (4), Cerritos (4), West L.A. (3).
Junior College Athletic Bureau Coaches Poll (Week 9)
|1||San Mateo (6)||8-0||317||1|
|6||Mt. San Antonio||6-2||235||9|
|17||San Diego Mesa||5-3||91||14|
Others: Citrus (29), Allan Hancock (26), Chabot (25), College of the Sequoias (18), Cabrillo (16), De Anza (9), Mt. San Jacinto (8), Diablo Valley (4), Antelope Valley (3), West L.A. (3), Hartnell (2).
CCCFCA National Division NorCal Poll (Week 9)
|1||San Mateo (4)||50||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. #23 COLLEGE OF SEQUOIAS — WIN 20-7 (5-0)
Oct. 12 — BYE WEEK
*Oct. 19 at #21 Sierra College (Rocklin) — LOSS 44-21 (5-1, 0-1 NorCal)
*Oct. 26 vs. FEATHER RIVER — WIN 20-16 (6-1, 1-1 NorCal)
*Nov. 2 at College of the Siskiyous (Weed), 1 p.m.
*Nov. 9 vs. #5 AMERICAN RIVER, 6 p.m.
*Nov. 16 at #13 Butte, 1 p.m.
*Denotes NorCal Conference game
BOLD = Home game
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