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Football Player Rankings: Nos. 11-15

Another day closer to the season means another group of player released for the 2018 Football Player Rankings. Basically, this group is considered the darkhorses to earn an MVP by seasons end.

Anderson High’s Vaipoa Leota is going to be a two-way factor for the Cubs this season (Photo by Mike Daly Photography)

Another day closer to the season means another group of player released for the 2018 Football Player Rankings. Basically, this group is considered the darkhorses to earn an MVP by seasons end.

Start getting familiar with some of these names because you’ll probably start hearing these often.

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.

15. Jayden Campbell (6-2, 215), RB/OLB, Enterprise, Sr.
If you plan on bringing Campbell to the ground, pack a lunch. The senior gained 452 yards on 129 carries last season and appears to be the bell cow for the Hornets in 2018. And with defenses keying on the elusive and speedy quarterback Leslie Cummings, Campbell could be poised for a breakout season, especially if you give him a full head of steam into the second level.

14. Vaipoa Leota, (6-0, 217), ATH/QB/LB, Anderson, Sr.
Leota was an impact player last season for the 10-3 Cubs, doing a bit of everything on both sides of the ball. On offense as a tailback, Leota ground and pounded for 166 yards on 29 carries and caught four balls for 45 yards. Defensively at his inside backer spot, he had 64 tackles, including three for a loss, and added 4.5 sacks. To top it off, he also intercepted two passes and notched four pass deflections. If the Cubs look to make a second deep-postseason run for coach Don Trotter, Leota will looked upon to play his part at multiple positions, including quarterback. A 6-foot, 217-pound quarterback could have his way with defenses behind an stout offensive line.

13. Johari Woods, (5-7, 155), FB/LB, Shasta, Jr.
In a crucial moment in their NorCal playoff game against Marin Catholic, Woods, a sophomore playoff call-up, picked up an onside kick attempt and took it 50 yards to the house, giving Shasta breathing room. Woods will start at fullback for the Wolves after showing he’s got what it takes to run hard between the tackles.

12. Devin Low, (6-0, 175), WR/S, West Valley, Sr.
The senior captain will be looked upon to provide leadership as the Eagles look to repeat as Northern Athletic League champions. In 2017, Low had 240 yards receiving and two scores for the West Valley offense. On the flip side of the ball, he had 16 tackles and a fumble recovery while earning all-NAL honorable mention honors.

11. Dylan Cabral, (6-0, 184), QB, U-Prep, Sr.
The leading rusher for the Panthers as a junior, Cabral looks to again take on a bigger load for U-Prep under new coach Darren Trueblood. Cabral, who rushed for 720 and seven scores last year, will start under center for the Panthers. The left-handed Cabral was 2-of-6 passing last year, but Trueblood likes Cabral’s calm demeanour and poise heading into the year.

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, AndersonAug. 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, AndersonAug. 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

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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