Football – SSN Divisional Players of the Week, Week 3
In addition to the reader-selected Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week, we will also be selecting Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for each of the Shore Conference’s six divisions. We’ll also choose an overall Shore Conference Special Teams Player of the Week to highlight any standout kicking performances or players that got it done in the return game.
Below we’ll focus on the best performances from Week 3.
SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Symir Blacknall, Sr., Manalapan
Blacknall has emerged as another major offensive playmaker for the top-ranked Braves this season, and flashed his ability on returns with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Manalapan's 34-13 victory over Old Bridge.
SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
CLASS A NORTH
Eddie Morales, Sr., QB, Howell
Class A North had some great individual offensive showings this past week, but we're going with Morales for his 245-yard, 4-touchdown performance on 20 of 23 passing in a 28-26 victory over Middletown North.
Antonio Deieso, Sr., DE, Manalapan
The defensive line had plenty of opportunities to make plays against Old Bridge's triple-option offense, and Deieso made the most of them with a total of 20 tackles, 10 of which were solo, in the Braves' 34-13 victory.
CLASS A CENTRAL
Peter Lucas, Sr., RB, Rumson-Fair Haven
Lucas had another big game on the ground for the Bulldogs, carrying 25 times for 239 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-24 victory over Holmdel. Lucas has 536 yards and six touchdowns in two games so far this season.
Johnny Buchanan, Sr., LB, St. John Vianney
Buchanan made 15 tackles, 10 of which were solo, to lead the Lancers' defense in a 31-7 victory over Red Bank. Buchanan added 86 yards rushing and two touchdowns on offense to help St. John Vianney win its 32nd straight game against Shore Conference opponents.
CLASS A SOUTH
Tony Thorpe, Sr., RB, Brick Memorial
Thorpe ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries to power the Mustangs' offense in a 35-0 victory over Toms River South. After being slowed down in the season-opener by Brick, Thorpe has 300 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games.
Jonathan Banks, Sr., DB, Central
Banks had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, which held up as the game-winning score in the Golden Eagles' 14-13 victory over Jackson Memorial.
CLASS B NORTH
Jermaine Corbett, So., RB, Long Branch
The Green Wave sophomore erupted for 250 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 18 carries, including an 85-yard touchdown run, in a 43-13 victory over Colts Neck.
Jake Krellin, Sr., LB, Middletown South
Krellin was a terror for the Eagles in their 10-7 victory over Manasquan with a 14 tackles, including three for loss, plus a forced fumble.
CLASS B CENTRAL
Jack McCrae, Jr., RB, Shore
In the Blue Devils' 27-20 victory over Keansburg, McCrae averaged 12 yards per carry with 131 yards rushing and a touchdown on just 11 carries.
Chris Webber, Sr., LB, Point Beach
Webber made eight tackles with two coming for a loss in the Garnet Gulls' 22-19 victory over Asbury Park. He was also a major contributor on the offensive side with 121 yards rushing and a touchdown on 20 carries, plus a two-point conversion.
CLASS B SOUTH
Jason Giresi, Sr., RB, Lacey
Giresi ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries to lead the Lions' offense in a 35-21 victory over Pinelands.
Zyheir Jones, Sr., DB, Lakewood
Making his season debut after suffering an injury during the preseason, Jones was tremendous on both sides of the ball in leading the Piners to a 32-29 victory over Jackson Liberty for their first win of the season. He made nine tackles and intercepted two passes on defense, while also throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another.
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