September 5, 2012
American River College moves up in State and NorCal JC football polls

American River College inched up a spot in this week's California Community College Football Coaches Association State and NorCal polls, as compiled by Fred Baer of the JC Athletic Bureau.

ARC, coming off a resounding 59-9 victory over Monterey Peninsula in a Saturday opener, is now ranked fourth in the state and third in Northern California. The Beavers have won 19 consecutive games and play at rival Sacramento City on Friday in the first football game at the refurbished Hughes Stadium.

Against Monterey Peninsula, Beavers tailback Devontae Booker of Grant High School rushed for 291 yards on 19 carries in just over two quarters of action and scored a school-record five touchdowns. Booker was a key tailback for ARC last season when the Beavers capped their first 11-0 season.

"With the hard work I put in this spring and fall, I just kept working my butt off," Booker told Trevor Horn of The Bee in a story posted on the American River Current site. "Coming out here breaking the school record for rushing touchdowns--it felt good to break the record. I broke plenty of records in high school, but to do it at the collegiate level, it feels really good right now."

Jonathan Kodama completed 13 of 18 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns for ARC.

State-ranked No. 1 and defending national champion San Francisco City College, which plays at ARC late this month, opened with a 48-41 overtime win over Diablo Valley with former Grant receiver Dezmon Epps catching the winning touchdown. State No. 2 Mt. San Antonio also needed late heroics to won, holding off Saddleback 51-48.
Coming off an injury-plagued 3-7 season in 2011, Sierra debuts in the NorCal rankings at No. 13 after beating Sac City 68-30 behind a six-touchdown effort by Myles McKee, three each to Frankie Gomes and Vince Mayle.

State Top 20
1. San Francisco (1-0)
2. Mt. San Antonio (1-0)
3. Butte (1-0)
4. American River 1-0
5. Fresno (1-0)
6. Palomar (1-0)
7. San Mateo (1-0)
8. Ventura (1-0)
9. Delta-Stockton (1-0)
10. Modesto (1-0)
11. Golden West (1-0)
12. Riverside (0-1)
13. Allan Hancock 1-0
14. Fullerton (1-0)
15. Saddleback (0-1)
16. Diablo Valley (0-1)
17. De Anza (1-0
18. Santa Rosa (1-0)
19. El Camino (0-1)
20. East Los Angeles (1-0)
21. Los Angeles Harbor (1-0)
22. Cerritos (0-1)
23. Bakersfield (1-0)
24. Chabot (0-1)
25. Foothill (1-0)
Others included in votes: Grossmont (1-0); Sierra (1-0); Citrus (1-0); Siskiyous (1-0); Feather River (0-1); Moorpark (1-0); Sequoias (1-0); Mt. San Jacinto (1-0); Southwestern (1-0); Antelope Valley (1-0); Monterey (1-0).

NorCal Top 20
1. San Francisco 1-0
2. Butte 1-0
3. American River 1-0
4 Fresno 1-0
5. San Mateo 1-0
6. Delta 1-0
7. Modesto 1-0
8. Diablo Valley 0-1
9. De Anza 1-0
10. Santa Rosa 1-0
13. Chabot 0-1
12. Foothill 1-0
13. Sierra 1-0
14. Siskiyous 1-0
15. Feather River 0-1
16. Sequoias 1-0
17. Monterey Peninsula 0-1
18. Los Medanos 1-0
19. Laney 0-1
20. Hartnell 0-1
Others included in votes: Gavilan (1-0); Shasta (1-0); Yuba (0-1); Merced (0-1); Redwoods (0-1).



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