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   San Mateo (Oct. 19, 2015) – Long Beach City College is the new top football team in the California Community College Athletic Association according to this week’s JC Athletic Bureau’s poll of football coaches.

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SRJC Defensive Back Keilan Benjamin returns an interception out of the end zone for the Bear Cubs, one of 4 turnovers the Santa Rosa defense came up with on the day in their upset of San Mateo.

Former leader Riverside (5-1) fell to No. 4 following a 52-21 crossover loss at now No. 15 Fullerton during the bye week for many of the state’s 69 teams. But the Tigers are still unbeaten (2-0) in the National Central league and visit defending state champion and No. 16 Mt. San Antonio (4-3, 2-1) Saturday. Central leader Long Beach (7-0, 3-0) has a bye this week.
No. 2 Golden West (6-0) is the state’s only other National (state championship division) unbeaten and hosts Santa Ana (1-5) Saturday. No. 3 City College of San Francisco (5-1) leads the north after former pacesetter San Mateo (4-2) fell at now No. 9 Santa Rosa (4-2), 17-14, on a field goal with 33 seconds left in the game. CCSF plays at Santa Rosa Saturday in an early Bay 6 showdown.
UPCOMING: Northern California has two Friday night games: In the Valley League, No. 7 Modesto is at Laney. In the Bay 6, Foothill is at No. 22 Diablo Valley.Saturday’s games: Valley: No. 13 Fresno at No. 12 Chabot, San Joaquin Delta at No. 20 Sequoias. NorCal: No. 8 American River at Feather River, No. 19 Butte at Sierra, Sacramento at No. 24 Siskiyous. Bay 6: De Anza at No. 10 San Mateo.
Other top Southern California National games Saturday: Northern: Bakersfield at No. 5 Cerritos, No. 6 Canyons at No. 18 Allan Hancock. Southern: No. 11 Saddleback at No. 17 Orange Coast, No. 15 Fullerton at Grossmont.
Important American Division games Saturday: NCFC Pacific 7: Redwoods at No. 21 Contra Costa, Yuba at Los Medanos, Shasta at San Jose; Golden Coast: Monterey Peninsula at No. 23 Hartnell, Reedley at Cabrillo. SCFA Pacific: LA Valley at No. 25 Santa Monica, Santa Barbara at LA Pierce; Mountain: Desert at East LA, San Bernardino Valley at San Diego Mesa, Mt. San Jacinto at Southwestern, Compton at Victor Valley.
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.    Prv

  1. Long Beach          [11]      7-0       347      2
  2. Golden West        [2]        6-0       330      3
  3. San Francisco                  5-1       306      6
  4. Riverside                           5-1       305      1
  5. Cerritos                             5-1       292      7
  6. Canyons                            5-1       263      4
  7. Modesto                            4-2       245      9
  8. American River              4-2       243      8
  9.  Santa Rosa                  4-2       240      11
  10. San Mateo                         4-2       238      5
  11. Saddleback                       5-2       200      17
  12. Chabot                                4-2       179      14
  13. Fresno                               4-2       169      16
  14. Ventura                            4-3       166      10
  15. Fullerton                          4-3       155      24
  16. Mt. San Antonio            4-3       146      18
  17. Orange Coast                  4-2       122      nr
  18. Allan Hancock                3-3       107      12
  19. Butte                                   3-3       94       nr
  20. Sequoias                           4-2       91       13
  21. Contra Costa                    6-0       72       21
  22. Diablo Valley                  3-3       69       22
  23. Hartnell                           6-0       66       23
  24. Siskiyous                         3-3       64       19
  25. Santa Monica                6-0       49       25

Prv = Previous Ranking          .      
Others included: Laney (3-3), Sierra (3-3), San Bernardino Valley (5-1), Chaffey (3-3), Victor Valley (5-1), West Hills (5-1), Shasta (5-1), San Joaquin Delta (2-4), Palomar (3-4), Los Angeles Valley (5-1), Los Angeles Pierce (4-2).
 
CCCAA (STATE) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Cerritos soph WR De’Jai Whitaker (6-5, 205, from Santa Monica HS): 6 receptions for 207 yards, 3 TDs — of 75, 24, and 37 yards – the latter the game winner in 31-28 triumph over Hancock. He became the all-time Cerritos career receiving yardage leader with 1,279 and has 900 yards this year (40 shy of Falcons’ season mark).
Modesto JC frosh CB Brandon Dabney (6-0, 190, from Manteca HS): 3 interceptions (one in the opponent’s end zone and one returned for a TD) in 56-0 win over Sequoias.

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