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SMALL-SCHOOL ALL-EMPIRE OFFENSE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kaylor Sullivan, Sr., Fort Bragg

FIRST TEAM

QB: Dylan Martin, Jr., St. Helena

RB: Jahaiver Otero, Sr., St. Helena

RB: Luke Bernardi, Sr., Cloverdale

RB: Alfio Basile, Jr., St. Helena

WR: Marcus Poe, Sr., Cloverdale

WR: Lucas Triplett, Jr., Fort Bragg

WR: Nick Vollert, Sr., St. Vincent

TE: Adrian Bernardi, Sr., Cloverdale

OL: Sam Perkins, Sr., Fort Bragg

OL: Justin Celeri, Jr., Fort Bragg

OL: Kyle Lemeiux, Sr., St. Helena

OL: Antonio Macias, Sr., St. Helena

OL: Wyatt Jones, Sr., Middletown

PK: Elias Alvarez, Sr., Kelseyville

SECOND TEAM

QB: Dominic Pedersen, Sr., St. Vincent

RB: Paul Bartholow, Jr., RV Christian

RB: Ty Evenich, Sr., Tomales

RB: Cody Cissna, Sr., Point Arena

WR: Tyler Baker, Sr., Fort Bragg

WR: Kono Geary, Sr., Lower Lake

WR: Justin Thom, Sr., Willits

TE: Nathan Roth, Sr., St. Helena

OL: Jacob Peterson, Sr., Cloverdale

OL: Will Tarrant, Sr., St. Vincent

OL: Toby Buckley, Sr., Calistoga

OL: Jorge Polanco, Sr., Calistoga

OL: Scott Kelly, Sr., Middletown

PK: Patrick Ojeda, Jr., Cloverdale

COACH OF THE YEAR

Roy Perkins, Fort Bragg


With all the passing records, accolades and heady stats amassed by Fort Bragg quarterback Kaylor Sullivan, crowning the 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior the All-Empire small schools football offensive player of the year was a mere formality.

However, even the lack of suspense doesn’t diminish the fact that the POY award caps a season by Sullivan that is unquestionably among the best for a quarterback in the history of the Redwood Empire. Opposing coaches knew their defenses were in for a long night when they played Fort Bragg over the past two seasons.

“I was impressed with Sullivan’s maturity. He never made a bad decision,” Cloverdale coach Chad Prieskorn said. “The way he ran that spread offense was really impressive. The success that kid had at a small school is mind-boggling.”

Middletown coach Bill Foltmer said: “Sullivan is one of the top quarterbacks I have faced in my 35 years of coaching football.”

The case for Sullivan being named the offensive POY hinged not only on his stratospheric numbers but also his intangibles.

“Sullivan was a general out there and was the main reason Fort Bragg was so successful,” Prieskorn said. “I know he will succeed wherever he goes. He will find a way to win.”

According to MaxPreps.com, Sullivan’s final rankings among California prep quarterbacks for the 2015 season are as follows:

1st in average yards passing per game (349)

1st in completions per game (24.5)

1st in total yards per game (392)

2nd in completions for the season (294)

3rd in passing yards for the season (4,192)

3rd in total yards for the season (4,706)

“First in the state in passing yards and total yards, that is pretty unbelievable,” Fort Bragg coach Roy Perkins said. “His numbers are staggering. Kaylor has changed the game here over the past two years.”

Sullivan also set a single-game Redwood Empire record with 539 yards passing in a win over Willits this season. For his career, Sullivan completed 521 of 806 attempts for 7,487 yards with 81 touchdown passes in 22 games.

In a modest manner, Sullivan doesn’t shy away from discussing his records but said that wasn’t his main focus.

“The records are cool, but at the end of the day it’s not really about you. The best part of it all was playing football with my friends,” Sullivan said. “My offensive line and receivers, we all know each other. We are kind of like brothers.”

No doubt Sullivan’s achievements are impressive, including a game in 2014 when Sullivan threw eight touchdown passes against Encina Prep of Sacramento in one half, setting a California state record and tying a national mark and drawing wide attention to Fort Bragg.

But the records and gaudy numbers aren’t the only aspects of Sullivan’s game that will leave an indelible impression on Perkins, teammates and opponents.

Perkins said Sullivan had great dedication to his team, a hardy work ethic and was able to handle the pressure on a weekly basis when defenses devised every scheme imaginable to stop him.

“Kaylor is incredibly competitive,” Perkins said. “The bigger the stage and the more pressure there was on him, the better he did.”

SMALL-SCHOOL ALL-EMPIRE OFFENSE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kaylor Sullivan, Sr., Fort Bragg

FIRST TEAM

QB: Dylan Martin, Jr., St. Helena

RB: Jahaiver Otero, Sr., St. Helena

RB: Luke Bernardi, Sr., Cloverdale

RB: Alfio Basile, Jr., St. Helena

WR: Marcus Poe, Sr., Cloverdale

WR: Lucas Triplett, Jr., Fort Bragg

WR: Nick Vollert, Sr., St. Vincent

TE: Adrian Bernardi, Sr., Cloverdale

OL: Sam Perkins, Sr., Fort Bragg

OL: Justin Celeri, Jr., Fort Bragg

OL: Kyle Lemeiux, Sr., St. Helena

OL: Antonio Macias, Sr., St. Helena

OL: Wyatt Jones, Sr., Middletown

PK: Elias Alvarez, Sr., Kelseyville

SECOND TEAM

QB: Dominic Pedersen, Sr., St. Vincent

RB: Paul Bartholow, Jr., RV Christian

RB: Ty Evenich, Sr., Tomales

RB: Cody Cissna, Sr., Point Arena

WR: Tyler Baker, Sr., Fort Bragg

WR: Kono Geary, Sr., Lower Lake

WR: Justin Thom, Sr., Willits

TE: Nathan Roth, Sr., St. Helena

OL: Jacob Peterson, Sr., Cloverdale

OL: Will Tarrant, Sr., St. Vincent

OL: Toby Buckley, Sr., Calistoga

OL: Jorge Polanco, Sr., Calistoga

OL: Scott Kelly, Sr., Middletown

PK: Patrick Ojeda, Jr., Cloverdale

COACH OF THE YEAR

Roy Perkins, Fort Bragg

Sullivan was responsible for 85 percent of Fort Bragg’s offensive yards this season as he led the team to an NCL I title, an undefeated league record (10-0) and a first-round NCS Division 4 playoff win over rival St. Helena.

“Sullivan made great decisions without making mistakes in the two games we played against Fort Bragg,” St. Helena coach Brandon Farrell said. “I was impressed with how he moved his team down the field.”

Fort Bragg finished 11-1 overall after having its season cut short by a stunning 40-0 loss to powerhouse Marin Catholic, a larger school with a much deeper roster of players.

“It was a bitter ending to the season. It’s never good to get destroyed, especially when you are 11-0 and you aren’t used to losing,” Sullivan said. “We drove on Marin Catholic in the first few drives but we couldn’t punch it in.”

Looking into the future, Sullivan has had numerous college football programs inquire about him — including San Diego State, Iowa State, Fresno State and San Jose State — but he said he plans on playing at Santa Rosa Junior College and then hopefully transferring to a four-year school with an athletic scholarship. Sullivan said he is ready to leave Fort Bragg and see what else it out there for him, perhaps in a state other than California.

Sullivan said his time at SRJC will help him fulfill academic requirements and build his discipline for school that he lacked during some of his high school years.

“I didn’t see football taking me anywhere, but things progressed,” Sullivan said. “I slacked off too much (in high school) and that’s my fault. Looking back, I would have handled my academics differently.”

Throughout Sullivan’s tenure, Perkins guided his quarterback with a firm hand and tailored a high-flying spread offense that fit Sullivan’s strengths by complementing him with an experienced offensive line and a corps of 10 capable receivers.

Sullivan said that while Perkins was at times tough on him, he is not resentful of his coach and that he needed to be pushed.

“Coach Perkins is a huge factor in my life,” Sullivan said. “He has made me better, not only as a player but as person as a whole.”

Perkins said that on the field, Sullivan is wise beyond his years mentally, but he is far from physically mature, leaving him room to get stronger and work on his footspeed in college. Perkins added that a new era will begin for the Timberwolves in the 2016 season but he will greatly miss Sullivan leading his team.

“I have been extremely hard on Kaylor, but I saw something special in this kid,” Perkins said. “He has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. He is exactly the player that every coach wants to have.”