SRJC takes the field
San Mateo – Riverside City College enjoys the top spot among California Community College Athletic Association football teams after the first week of regular season play — according to the JC Athletic Bureau’s weekly poll of coaches.
The defending National Central champion Tigers took a season opening 33-14 victory at Bakersfield, while preseason pick and defending state champion Mt. San Antonio suffered a 30-6 setback to now No. 8 College of the Canyons. The Mounties are No. 14 this week. City College of San Francisco, the 2014 state runner-up, remains No. 2 after a last minute, 25-24, win at Sierra. The Rams trailed, 24-9, with less than five minutes remaining but completed two 8-point touchdown plays to give new coach Jimmy Collins his first victory.
With four of the preseason top eight teams falling in openers, there was a revamp of the entire poll this week. San Mateo is No. 3, winning at Siskiyous, 35-6; followed by Long Beach, a 43-16 victor over Moorpark; and Chabot, a 30-9 winner over Butte. The rest of the top ten: Cerritos, Diablo Valley, Canyons, Ventura, and Golden West.
This week’s non-conference competition gets underway on Friday with No. 5 Chabot at No. 7 Diablo Valley at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s top games: Saddleback at No. 1 Riverside, No. 12 Laney at No. 2 CCSF in their annual Bay Bridge match-up, No. 11 Modesto at No. 3 San Mateo, No. 4 Long Beach at No. 21 Palomar, No 6 Cerritos at Orange Coast, Citrus at No. 8 Canyons, El Camino at No. 9 Ventura, and Bakersfield at No. 10 Golden West. Mt. SAC hopes to rebound at defending National Southern champion Fullerton.
See cccaasports.org. for schedules and statistics.
2015 JCAB Poll of California Community College Football Coaches
The Top 25 teams in the JC Athletic Bureau’s State Poll of California Community College Football Coaches, with first-place votes in brackets, won-loss records, total points (based upon 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote), and previous ranking.
[Final poll is also used in the NATYCAA Cup all-sports rankings for football.]
Rk College Record Pts. Preseason
1. Riverside [6] 1-0 338 3
2. San Francisco [5] 1-0 321 2
3. San Mateo [3] 1-0 304 6
4. Long Beach 1-0 301 7
5. Chabot 1-0 256 15
6. Cerritos 1-0 251 10
7. Diablo Valley 1-0 244 9
8. Canyons 1-0 240 nr
9. Ventura 1-0 237 14
10. Golden West 1-0 200 12
11. Modesto 1-0 194 nr
12. Laney 1-0 168 21
13. Fresno 1-0 165 20
14. Mt. San Antonio 0-1 144 1
15. American River 0-1 115 4
16. Chaffey 1-0 112 nr
17. Grossmont 1-0 100 nr
18. Víctor Valley 1-0 90 18
19. Fullerton 0-1 87 5
20. San Joaquin Delta 1-0 85 nr
21. Palomar 1-0 83 24
22. Allan Hancock 1-0 78 nr
23. West Hills 1-0 62 23
24. Butte 0-1 59 8
25. Contra Costa 1-0 47 22
Others included: Sequoias (1-0), Hartnell (1-0), El Camino (1-0), Santa Monica (1-0), Siskiyous (0-1), Glendale (1-0), Merced (1-0), Bakersfield (0-1), Saddleback (0-1), Shasta (1-0), Sierra (0-1), Reedley (1-0). San Bernardino Valley (1-0), Antelope Valley (1-0), Citrus (0-1). Preseason = Preseason Poll
Opening week top/player of week performances:
Rushing: Josh Vizcaya, Golden West freshman RB (5-7, 190): 20 carries for 182 yards and two scores in 48-22 win at LA Harbor.
Passing: Jose Ferreira, Chabot sophomore QB (6-0, 205) completed 19 of 20 passes (95 per cent) for 151 yards and carried 15 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns as National Valley champion Gladiators upended National NorCal co-champ Butte, 30-9.
Receiving: Easop Winston, CCSF, fr., WR (6-0, 175): 12 PC, 173 yards, 2 TDs; winning TD with 35 seconds left in 25-24 win at Sierra.
Placekicking: Marcus Diaz, San Diego Mesa, so. (6-0, 200) 4/4 FG, 3/3 PAT for 15 points in 33-27 win at LA Valley.
Tackles: Jordan Kunaszyk, American River, Fr. LB (6-3, 232), 18 tackles (10 solo), 2 TFL, 1 sack, in 41-10 loss to Modesto.
Sacks/TFL: Dillon Fink, Citrus, So. (6-0, 205): 3 sacks, 4 TFL, 12 tackles in 24-14 loss to Palomar.
All-Purpose: Brandon Sampson, Monterey, so., WR (5-10, 190): 276 yds (6 rush, 163 rec, 34 PR, 73 KOR) in 49-28 win at Redwoods.

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