Fall River has had some standout players over the past decade – Taylor Sloat, Jace Neugebauer, Johnny Iniqugez – just to name a few. The Football Player Rankings have two Bulldogs in the top 10 this season with quarterback Gavin Dobson coming in at No. 7 when the rankings were released on Sunday.
Can Small etch his name among those listed above? We’ll start finding out soon. But it’s really important to note that with two players in the top 10 – even the top 7 – that the Bulldogs are going to be a force this season.
Reminder: the player rankings are based on varsity experience and potential impact for the 2018 season, taking into consideration coaches input, stats, postseason awards and first-hand experience.
5. Bailey Small (5-8, 150), RB/LB, Fall River, Sr.
The top player on one of the top teams in its division. Small might be just that in physical stature coming in at 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds – he’s not going to win the eye-test coming off of the bus. But he will make sure any assumptions are reversed by the team he’s done with an opponent.
The senior is entering his third year on varsity as a two-way star. Defensively, he’s had back-to-back 100-plus tackle seasons, recording 112 last season (a per game clip of 9.3) with 79 solo stops. With 25 varsity games under his belt, he’s well-versed on situational football and understands the game like a senior leader would be expected to.
“Small is our best all-around football player,” Fall River coach Todd Sloat said.
He’s likely going to improve on his 2017 offensive campaign where he ran for 935 yards and eight touchdowns on 137 attempts for the Northern Section Division V runner-up Bulldogs, who went 9-3 last season. With quarterback Gavin Dobson in the backfield with Small, and the other option of Jeffrey Kask, Small could draw favorable matchups to light up the scoreboard. Fall River will be depending on that in 2018.
Release Schedule for Player Rankings
Aug. 15 – Nos. 36-50
Aug. 15 – Nos. 26-35
Aug. 16 – Nos. 21-25
Aug. 17 – Nos. 16-20
Aug. 18 – Nos. 11-15
Aug. 19 – Nos. 6-10
Aug. 20 – No. 5, Bailey Small, Fall River
Aug. 21 – No. 4, Jayden Gordon, Foothill
Aug. 22 – No. 3, Leslie Cummings, Enterprise
Aug. 23 – No. 2, Bailey Sulzer, West Valley
Aug. 24 – No. 1, Parker Phillips, Anderson
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