Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week: Howell’s Naseim Brantley
Every week this season, Shore Conference football fans will have their chance to vote for the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey/Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week on our website, with over 145,000 votes cast so far this season.
The winner of the Week 10 readers’ vote for the Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week is Howell senior wide receiver and defensive back Naseim Brantley, who made plays on offense, defense and special teams to help the Rebels to a 31-17 victory over Cherokee in the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V playoffs.
Brantley had a 55-yard touchdown run, a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception on defense to help the Rebels improve to 9-1 and reach the sectional semifinals for the second straight season. Brantley also had two receptions for 23 yards and a pair of tackles on defense.
Brantley’s long kickoff return for a touchdown came at a crucial time for the Rebels, answering a Cherokee touchdown and giving Howell a 14-7 lead. His touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave Howell a 28-14 lead.
For the season Brantley has 39 receptions for 673 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also has a pair of touchdown runs. On special teams, Brantley has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and also brought back a punt for a touchdown. On defense, Brantley has 27 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown.
Howell heads to Medford on Friday night to face top-seeded Lenape (8-1) in the South Jersey Group V semifinals. The Rebels last appearance in a sectional final was in 2007 when the program won its only state sectional title.
Brantley had a late push from the Rebel faithful to overtake Manasquan’s Jake Fabean and Freehold’s Ashante Worthy with 38.88 percent of the vote.