Riverside City College is back atop the JC Athletic Bureau poll this week following a vote of California Community College football coaches. The defending (2019) state champion Tigers defeated formerly 12th ranked Saddleback College, 33-6, and gained eight first-place coaches votes this week, totaling 337 points, and now have a 15-game winning streak (including a season opening forfeit).

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CSM sophomore running back Darrell Page hurdles a Butte defender for a 35-yard run in the Bulldogs’ 21-14 victory Saturday at home. Page rushed for a season-best 104 yards while CSM gained 231 yards on the ground as a team. With the win, the Bulldogs improve their record to 3-0.

Former poll leader College of San Mateo defeated then No. 9 Butte, 21-14, and extended its regular season winning streak to 18 games — but dropped to No. 3 in the poll with 314 points. Ventura moved up one spot to No. 2 with 319 points after outscoring then No. 19 El Camino, 58-37. The top seven teams changed positions.

All teams in this week’s top 15, except Ventura, play other ranked foes Saturday. Riverside hosts No. 19 Golden West, San Mateo visits No. 6 Fresno, No. 4 San Francisco entertains No. 12 American River, and No. 5 Canyons hosts No. 22 Palomar. The schedule kicks off Friday night (Sept. 24) with Santa Rosa at No. 16 Diablo Valley.

2021  JC  Athletic  Bureau  coaches’ poll

Rk. College                   Record Pts. PR

 1.  Riverside           [8]         3-0  337    2

 2.  Ventura             [1]         3-0  319    3

 3.  San Mateo         [4]          3-0  314    1

 4.  San Francisco    [1]         3-0  294    5

 5.  Canyons                           3-0  286    7

 6.  Fresno                            3-0  271  11

 7.  Bakersfield                      3-0  242  15

 8.  Fullerton                          2-1  218    8

 9.  Mt. San Antonio                1-0  199  10

10.  Butte                              2-1  195    9

11.  Allan Hancock                  3-0  193  22

12.  American River               2-1  183    6

13.  Modesto                          2-1  170    4

14.  Long Beach                      2-1  146  14

15.  Reedley                            3-0  145  17

16.  Diablo Valley                    2-0  134  20

17.  Saddleback                      1-1  133  12

18.  San Diego Mesa                2-1  118  23

19.  Golden West                    2-1  112  13

20.  East Los Angeles              2-1    98  16

21.  Laney                                1-2    84  nr

22.  Palomar                            2-1    63  nr

23.  El Camino                          1-2    49  19

24.  Shasta                              1-1    41  21

25t. Cerritos                            1-2    36  18

25t. San Bernardino                1-1    36  nr

The Top 25 teams in the JC Athletic Bureau’s 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 (PR).

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