The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
City College of San Francisco remains the top choice of California Community College Football Coaches in this week’s JC Athletic Bureau poll, which had no change among the top four teams, all with 7-0 records.
The Rams totaled 266 points, ahead of Riverside City College (263), Mt. San Antonio (256), and Fullerton (247). CCSF avenged a 2022 loss to then Bay 6 co-champion Laney, 32-15, last week. San Francisco hosts Diablo Valley this Saturday.
Defending 3C2A state champion College of San Mateo (6-1) moved up a place to No. 5 after topping Diablo Valley, 56-7, which was the only team to defeat the Bulldogs in 2022. CCSF and CSM share the Bay 6 lead at 2-0 and meet in the league finale.
CSM quarterback Anthony Grigsby is nearing the 2,000-yard passing mark this season, with 1,939 yards and 18 touchdowns with a 164.4 rating. That leads the NorCal National Division in those categories, despite playing only half of San Mateo’s first two one-sided league wins.
His backups have even better ratings, although they are not officially ranked. Raymond Price completed all five of his passes against DVC for 61 yards, including a 22-yard TD to KB Boone-Nelson. Price has a 194.7 season rating on his limited efforts, 9-of-11 for 93 yards and two scores. Alex Grado, San Mateo’s top backup, completed 3-of-7 passes for 24 yards against the Vikings, including a 5-yard TD toss to Nico Caruso. Grado’s season totals are 209 yards and three TDs, with a 187.3 rating.
Caleb Ojeda added to his overall NorCal kickscoring lead with eight extra points. Ojeda three points taken off the board when CSM accepted a Vikings’ penalty on Ojeda’s 31-yard, third-quarter field goal. The Bulldogs proceded to score a touchdown.
CSM punter Tashi Done only had to kick twice (for 85 yards) and therefore continues to fall below the minimum punts (3.8 per game) for official ranking. His 40.7 season average would, otherwise, rank No. 2 overall in the state.
Bulldogs receiver Anthony Freeman caught three passes for 70 yards. Adding kick return yardage, he is averaging 116.4 all-purpose yards per game, best in the Bay 6. Freeman and Jeremiah Patterson co-lead Bay 6 pass receivers with six TD catches apiece.
American River (6-1) moved up one spot to No. 6 after defeating then No. 5 Butte, 40-12, in their NorCal league showdown. The opportunist Beavers took a 31-0 lead before Butte finally got into the end zone in the middle of the third quarter. Butte (5-2) fell to No. 8 and next visits No. 11 Sierra (5-2), which remains unbeaten in the NorCal League.
In the south, three teams co-lead the Southern League with 4-0 records: No. 2 Riverside, No. 4 Fullerton, and No. 13 Saddleback – all posting one-sided wins last week. Riverside entertains Saddleback this Saturday. In the Central League, No. 16 Long Beach will be at No. 7 Golden West. In the Northern League, No. 23 Bakersfield goes to No. 10 Ventura.