Football – SSN Week 9 Divisional Players of the Week
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 9.
SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jake Hurler, Jr., K, Freehold
Hurler kicked field goals of 34 and 22 yards and was 3-for-3 on extra points to help the Colonials to a 27-20 win over Long Branch.
SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
CLASS A NORTH
Joey Mauriello, Sr., RB, Colts Neck
This award could go to either Manalapan’s Naim Mayfield, Freehold’s Ashante Worthy or Howell’s Eddie Morales every week, and while all three had big games in Week 9 we figured we’d spread the wealth this week. Mauriello ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries to steer the Cougars to a 42-28 win over Neptune.
Yahson Calhoun, Sr., LB, Freehold
Calhoun was all over the field in the Colonials’ 27-20 win over Long Branch with seven tackles, three tackles for a loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
CLASS A CENTRAL
Cameron LaMountain, So., RB, Holmdel
LaMountain has been a big part of Holmdel’s success this season and ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in a 28-0 win over Matawan. Holmdel is the No. 6 seed in the Central Jersey Group II playoffs, qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Defense (Besides overall Player of the Week, St. John Vianney’s Nick Densieski)
Rumson’s quartet of Christian Lanzalotto, Keegan Woods, Henry Sullivan and Gordon Forsyth
All four had big games on defense in Rumson’s 42-21 win over Carteret to lock up the No. 1 seed in the Central Jersey Group III playoffs. Woods made 11 tackles with one sack, Forsyth had 10 tackles and a sack, Sullivan recorded nine tackles with one sack and Lanzalotto made a team-high 12 tackles.
CLASS A SOUTH
Joe Guglielmo, Jr., RB, Southern
Guglielmo erupted for a career-high 177 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 14 carries to power the Rams to a 23-14 win over Toms River South.
Vance Pelino, Sr., DL, Central
Pelino was a force in a 27-14 win over Toms River North with eight tackles and four sacks. Pelino has come on very strong with a whopping eight sacks in his last two games.
CLASS B NORTH
Steve Lubischer, Jr., QB, Red Bank Catholic
Lubischer completed 9 of 11 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two scores, including a 30-yard score, to lead the Caseys to a 41-19 victory over Manasquan that clinched the Class B North division title.
Dylan D’Anton, Jr., DL, Manasquan
D’Anton had a 14-yard fumble return for a touchdown after he stripped Red Bank Catholic’s running back of the ball and also had a tackle for a loss.
CLASS B CENTRAL
Jack McCrae, Jr., RB, Shore
In a must-win game to get the Blue Devils into the playoffs, McCrae ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries as Shore beat Keyport, 28-14, to secure a spot in the Central Jersey Group I playoffs.
Donte Abrams, Sr., DB, Asbury Park
Abrams had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown, tied for the longest scoring play in the Shore Conference this season, to clinch a 26-12 victory over Keansburg that secured a playoff spot for the defending Central Jersey Group I champions.
CLASS B SOUTH
Brandon Cipriano, Sr., RB, Point Boro
Cipriano ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, scoring on runs of 46 and 19 yards, in a 28-12 win over Barnegat that kept the Panthers undefeated (9-0) heading to the playoffs. Point Boro is the No. 1 seed in Central Jersey Group II.
Josh Lezin, Sr., DL, Lakewood
One of the Shore’s premier defenders was unstoppable in Lakewood’s 37-7 win over Pinelands to lock up a playoff spot. Lezin had 13 tackles, multiple hits behind the line of scrimmage, three sacks and a two-point conversion catch.
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