Still a logjam at apex of football polls as Riverside, San Mateo lead the way

(Courtesy City College of San Francisco Athletics)
(Courtesy City College of San Francisco Athletics)
SAN MATEO – College of San Mateo has maintained its month-long lead in the JC Athletic Bureau poll of California Community College football coaches, entering November. After pacing the state throughout October (including a mid-month tie with Riverside), the Bulldogs totaled 317 points from coaches again this week (same as last week), now four points ahead of Riverside. Both teams received six first place votes while No. 3 Saddleback got the remaining top nod and 305 points. They are the three remaining unbeaten National (state championship) Division teams, all 8-0 overall and 3-0 in their leagues. Riverside and Saddleback appear headed for a Nov. 16 Southern League showdown in Mission Viejo. CCCAA state playoffs begin Nov. 23.
 
NCFC: San Mateo is the only NorCal unbeaten. But the Bulldogs face teams with just one league loss apiece the final two weeks of Bay 6 play: hosting Chabot Saturday and visiting No. 7 City College of San Francisco Nov. 16.   The other two NCFC leagues also have clear leaders. American River (NorCal League) is ranked fifth after beating Butte, 14-7, last week. Fresno (Valley League) is co-No. 8 after edging Modesto, 26-24, Both face second place teams with single league losses Saturday: ARC at No.15 Shasta, Sequoias at Fresno.   
 
SCFA: Canyons is No. 4 this week after winning its Northern League showdown with Ventura, 48-38. No. 12 Long Beach co-leads the Northern going into finales, Saturday at Canyons and Nov. 16 with Ventura. No. 22 Fullerton hopes to stay in contention for a Nov. 16 Central League showdown at league leader No. 6 Mt. San Antonio following this Saturday’s contest with visiting 11th ranked El Camino.
 
AMERICAN DIVISION GAMES: No. 14 Chaffey concludes regular season play Saturday in a title showdown at West Los Angeles, also unbeaten in Metro League play -- but with two games remaining. No. 20 Foothill (8-0) must still face its top two Pacific League foes, visiting District rival De Anza (also 3-0 in league) Saturday and closing with Los Medanos Nov. 16. No. 25 Reedley and No 23 Monterey Peninsula put their 4-0 Golden Coast records on the line Saturday in Monterey.
 
TOP NATIONAL DIVISION GAMES
Southern California Football Association, Nov. 9: Orange Coast at #2 Riverside, #3 Saddleback at Grossmont, #12 Long Beach at #4 Canyons, #17 SD Mesa at #6 Mt. San Antonio, East LA at #10 Ventura, #11 El Camino at #22 Fullerton, #19 Southwestern at Golden West, Palomar at #21 Cerritos. 
 
Northern California Football Conference, Nov. 8: Diablo Valley at #16 Laney.  Nov. 9: Chabot at #1 San Mateo, #5American River at #15 Shasta, #7 CCSF at Santa Rosa, Sequoias at co#8 Fresno, co#8 Modesto at Sacramento, #13 Butte at #18 Sierra,  
 
TOP AMERICAN DIVISION GAMES
SCFA: 
# 14 Chaffey at West LA, Victor Valley at #24 SBVC, Citrus at AVC, LA Pierce at Hancock.
NCFC: #20 Foothill at De Anza, #25 Reedley at #23 Monterey, Cabrillo at Merced.
 
(Fred Baer, JC Athletic Bureau)

CURRENT POLLS (Nov. 4)

JUNIOR COLLEGE ATHLETIC BUREAU COACHES POLL (Week 8) CCCSIA FOOTBALL POLL (Week 8)    
RK School Record Pts Prev.   RK School Record Pts Prev
1. College of San Mateo (6) 8-0 317 1   1. Riverside City (9). 8-0 272 1
2. Riverside City (6) 8-0 313 2   2. College of San Mateo (2) 8-0 266 2
3. Saddleback (1) 8-0 305 3   3. College of the Canyons 7-1 241 4
4. College of the Canyons  7-1 281 6   T4. American River 6-2 209 8
5. American River 6-2 249 8   T4. Saddleback 8-0 203 6
6. Mt. San Antonio 6-2 235 9   6. Fresno City 6-2 203 10
7. City College of San Francisco 6-2 228 10   7. Modesto 6-2 192 3
8. Modesto 6-2 222 4   8. Chaffey 9-0 181 7
9. Fresno City 6-2 222 11   9. Ventura 6-2 178 5
10. Ventura 6-2 217 5   10. City College of San Francisco 6-2 175 11
11. El Camino 6-2 188 13   11. Mt. San Antonio 6-2 166 13
12. Long Beach City 6-2 173 12   T12. Shasta 7-1 155 12
13. Butte 5-3 171 7   T12. El Camino 6-2 135 14
14. Chaffey 9-0 139 15   14. Butte 5-3 129 9
15. Shasta 7-1 135 17   15. Long Beach City 6-2 124 18
16. Laney 4-4 106 20   16. Foothill 8-0 118 15
17. San Diego Mesa 5-3 91 14   17. San Bernardino Valley 7-1 90 19
18. Sierra 5-3 89 22   18. Sierra 5-3 86 21
19. Southwestern 5-2 86 18   19. Reedley 7-1 77 20
20. Foothill 8-0 67 21   20. Monterey Peninsula 8-0 66 23
21. Cerritos 4-4 66 16   21. Laney 4-4 48 RV
22. Fullerton 4-4 55 RV   22. Southwestern  5-3 47 22
T23. Monterey Peninsula 8-0 49 24   23. Citrus 7-1 42 17
T23. San Bernardino Valley 7-1 46 RV   24. San Diego Mesa 5-3 38 16
25. Reedley  7-1 31 25   25. Cabrillo 7-1 30 RV
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).     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).
         
                     
CCCFCA POLLS                  
SOCAL NATIONAL DIVISION (Week 8)     NORCAL NATIONAL DIVISION (Week 8)
RK School Pts PR     RK School Pts PR  
1. Riverside City (3) 30 1     1. College of San Mateo (5) 50 1  
2. Saddleback 27 2     2. American River 44 3  
3. Mt. San Antonoi 21 T5     3. Fresno City 38 5  
4. College of the Canyons 20 4     4. Modesto 33 2  
5. Long Beach City 17 T5     5. City College of San Francisco 30 T5  
6. Ventura 16 3     6. Butte 28 T5  
7. El Camino 15 7     7. Shasta 16 T7  
8. Southwestern 9 9     8. Laney 14 9  
9. Fullerton 5 RV     9. Sierra 13 T7  
10. Cerritos 3 10     10. College of the Sequoias 5 RV  
                     
SOCAL AMERICAN DIVISION (Week 8)       NORCAL AMERICAN DIVISION (Week 8)
RK School Pts PR     RK School Pts PR  
1. Chaffey (5) 50 1     1. Foothill (3) 39 1  
2. San Bernardino Valley 45 3     2. Monterey Peninsula 35 2  
3. Allan Hancock 38 4     3. Reedley 34 3  
4. Citrus 35 2     4. Cabrillo (1) 28 4  
5. Antelope Valley 27 7     T5. De Anza 22 6  
6. Mt. San Jacinto 4 5     T5. Hartnell 22 5  
7. West L.A. 22 6     T7. Los Medanos 14 7  
8. Pasadena City 15 9     T7. Merced 14 8  
9. Victor Valley 10 10     9. Yuba 6 RV  
T10. L.A. Pierce 3 RV     10. College of the Redwoods 2 10  
T10. Santa Ana 3 RV