In an opening-week win against Burney, the Fall River football team rode the hot arm of quarterback Gavin Dobson. On Friday, the Bulldogs used the ground-and-pound to win twice in as many weeks, this time a 33-12 win over visiting Maxwell.
In the 48-0 Fair Bowl win over Burney, Dobson threw for 207 yards – 203 to Cody Jergensen – and four scores (all to Jergensen). On Friday, Fall River (2-0) rushed for 312 yards as a team with bell cow back Bailey Small breaking out for 186 yards and two scores on 21 carries.
“We only threw the ball nine times and they were a physical team,” Fall River head coach Todd Sloat said. “It was good to establish the running game since we didn’t have one last week.”
The Panthers got on the board first, but the Bulldogs ran off three straight scores before Maxwell found the end zone again. Fall River entered the halftime locker room up 28-12.
Dobson was 4-of-9 passing for 51 yards and TD – caught by Timmy Westlake, The pair hooked up on a 40-yard corner route.
But it was the ground game where Sloat’s squad was able to wear down a “game” bunch from Maxwell.
“(It was) exciting to see our offensive line create a lot space and watch (Small) him use his vision and ball skills to gain yards,” the coach said. “We had several personnel groups with o-line and they did a great job blocking.”
Jeffrey Kask had a 77-yard kickoff return for a score and Niko Jiminez nearly took an interception to the house – he took it 70 yards and was brought down on the five. He finished with 12 tackles and Jacob Camenita added a pair of sacks.
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