CSM football ranked No. 1 in state for first time

The College of San Mateo football team is ranked No. 1 in the state for the first time in program history.

In the new California Community College Football Coaches Association poll released Tuesday, the Bulldogs (3-0) — following their 51-6 trouncing of defending state champion Butte — moved up one spot to No. 1. Riverside lost 38-28 to Grossmont to lose its grip on the top spot. CSM received 11 of the 16 first-place votes, while No. 2 Mount San Antonio (3-0) received four and No. 3 City College of San Francisco (3-0) one. CCSF is coming off a 44-33 win over Fresno.

CSM, the defending NorCal Conference champ, has won six in a row since losing to Butte 28-20 last season and hosts San Joaquin Delta (0-3) Saturday at 1 p.m. CCSF travels to Sacramento to take on No. 5 American River (3-0).

The Bulldogs have outscored their three opponents 133-35, including back-to-back 51-point outbursts.

Freshman quarterback Jeremy Cannon, who sustained a knee injury on the second series of Saturday's game and did not play again, had an MRI on Monday, the school said Tuesday. He is practicing with the team this week, but has not yet been cleared to play. Jeremy Burgess replaced Cannon and completed 11 of 19 passes for 265 yards.

Linebacker Randy Allen is second in the state with five sacks, 4½ coming in the season opener. He leads a Bulldogs defense that is third in the state against the rush, allowing 111 yards per game. The 11.7 points per game allowed is also third-best in the state.

CSM is fourth in the state in rushing offense at 237 yards per game. Sophomore receiver Kevin Kutchera is third in the state with 24.8 yards per reception. He also has four receiving touchdowns among his 15 catches.

sdrumwright@sfexaminer.com

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