For the first time since 2015, the Hancock College football team has landed a spot in the state football poll's top 25
The Bulldogs are ranked 23rd in this week's JC Athletic Buereau Poll of California Community College Football Coaches. Hancock (5-2, 2-0) landed a spot in the state poll after drubbing defending Pacific League champion Los Angeles Valley College 46-7 in a league game at Hancock last Saturday.
L.A. Valley went 11-0 last year and was the only unbeaten football team in the state. The Monarchs are 4-3, 1-1 this year.
Hancock is one of three American Division teams to earn a spot amont the state poll's top 25. The Southern California Football Association (SCFA) is comprised of the National and American Divisions, and the National Division is the upper division in the SCFA.
The Bulldogs received 70 points in the poll. Fullerton (475 points) is the top-ranked team, and Riverside City College (449) is second. Both are unbeaten. Hancock and Antelope Valley College are tied atop the Pacific League.
Veteran Hancock coach Kris Dutra's team has gone 5-1 since losing 21-6 at No. 5 Bakersfield (6-1) in their season opener. The Bulldogs have out-scored Santa Barbara City College and L.A. Valley by a combined 77-10 in their two league games.
The Bulldogs' rushing game has been characteristically strong. Meanwhile, their pass rush has come on strong. In fact, Hancock leads the state in sacks, with 34.
Ryheem Skinner leads a rushing game that ranks fifth in the state at 238.4 yards a game. Skinner set a school record for longest touchdown run from scrimmage when he went 90 yards for a score against L.A. Valley. The previous record, 88, was set back in 1987.
The Bulldogs have scored 19 rushing touchdowns. That's sixth best in the state.
Hancock is tied for third in the state in fumble recoveries, with 11, and seventh in interceptions, with 13. Sophomore linebacker Basiru Jobe and sophomore defensive end Osa Omokaro are tied for fourth in tackles for loss, with 14.
The Bulldogs will play a league game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Los Angeles Pierce College. The Brahmas are 3-4, 1-1.
Hancock 3, Los Angeles Mission 2
The Bulldogs (10-5-2, 2-3-0) rallied past the Eagles for a Western State Conference North Division win at Hancock.
Francisco Ayala scored the winning goal in the 78th minute with an assist from Alex Herrera. Mission led 1-0 at halftime and 2-0 in the 65th minute.
Ulysses Cardona, with a Saul Ayuso assist, scored for Hancock in the 68th minute. Migel Gomez, with an assist from Ayala, tallied in the 74th.
Hancock goalkeeper Antony Herrera made three saves.
Cabrillo 12, Templeton 6
The Conquistadores ended their regular season with the road victory over the Eagles.
Clancy Turner energized CHS by overcoming a 4-1 deficit against Jackie Krupa to win that contest 6-4.
“She was determined to not lose her last dual match of her senior year,” said CHS head coach David Riley.
Cabrillo’s No. 2 player Katie Hunt earned two victories by scores of 6-2 and 7-5. The win places the Conqs in the No. 2 spot in the LPL standings.
“We have grown so much this season and are excited to be where we are,” Riley said. “We have to take it one match at a time in the playoffs. We know there are really good teams out there. Each day will be a battle.”
Nipomo 16, Santa Maria 2
The Titans defeated the Saints in a regular season finale at the Minami Center. No details were available at press time.
Orcutt Academy 12, Morro Bay 6
The Spartans (14-0 Los Padres League) closed out a perfect Los Padres League campaign with a win at Morro Bay.
Orcutt Academy successfully defended its league championship.
Jana Andrade and Keona Pablo swept three doubles sets for the Spartans, losing two games in the process, to finish 38-0 in LPL play.
Orcutt singles ace Megan Vise lost one game in a three-set sweep. She finished 38-0 in league play.
Kayla Pablo won two singles sets for the Spartans. Emma Valencia and Paige Wells took two doubles sets. Melani Amorasekara won a singles set for Orcutt, and Hannah Kasai and Alexis Betancourt won a doubles set.
Righetti 3, Pioneer Valley 0
Righetti closed out its regular season with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-11 victory at home over Pioneer Valley.
The Warriors were led by Zane Sheckherd’s 9 kills and 6 aces. Jessica Powell added 7 kills, Makana Mahalona had 6 kills and 1 ace and Jenna Wuethrich had 4 kills and 1 ace.
The Warriors (18-14, 9-5 PAC 8) finished in a tie for third with San Luis Obispo in the league standings but SLO owns the tiebreaker over Righetti, meaning the Warriors will be the PAC 8’s No. 4 seed in the CIF-SS playoffs.
Righetti will find out Thursday if they open with a wild card match on Saturday or a first round game next Tuesday.
Santa Ynez 3, Lompoc 1
The Pirates (17-8, 10-4) finished their regular season with a 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-13 Los Padres League win at home over the Braves on the victors' Senior Night at Santa Ynez.
Santa Ynez went into the match tied with second place for Morro Bay Both teams are guaranteed playoff spots.
Lauren Fieldhouse led the Pirates with 15 kills, 19 digs and five aces. Gillian Wilks racked up 10 kills and four aces, and Aile Uribe amassed 26 assists and five aces..
Time change for OA game
The Orcutt Academy-Ojai Villanova Prep 8-man football game Saturday has been moved from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. because of the heat forecast for the Ojai area that day.
At press time, the high temperature for Ojai Saturday as forecast for 85 degrees.
The Orcutt Academy-VIllanova Prep winner will win the Mt. Pinos League championship. Orcutt Academy is 7-1, 2-0. Villanova Prep is 8-0, 2-0. Orcutt is ranked second in the state among Division I 8-man teams. Villanova Prep is ranked third.