Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week: Mater Dei Prep’s George Pearson
Every week this regular 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 50,000 votes cast already this season.
The Player of the Week in the Shore Conference for Week 3 is Mater Dei Prep junior quarterback George Pearson, who went 9-for-14 for 161 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Seraphs to a 35-7 victory over Keyport in a crucial Class B Central game.
Pearson opened the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run before hitting Russell Ferrisi on a 50-yard touchdown pass to give Mater Dei a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. He then tossed a 20-yard score to Kyle Devaney and finally ran for a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Mater Dei is 3-0 for the first time since 2013 and, with arguably its most talented roster in history, has great potential to set several program records this season. Mater Dei has never won a division title, but is now the frontrunner in Class B Central. The Seraphs record for wins in a season is eight (1999, 2008), and they will likely make a serious run at breaking that mark. They also can be considered a threat in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group II state bracket. Mater Dei has never won an NJSIAA title, and last won a state crown in South Jersey Parochial B in 1969.
It was a two-player race for Week 3 Player of the Week honors, and Pearson beat out Wall senior R.J. Janeczek with 45.47 percent of the vote. Janeczek had a kickoff return touchdown and a punt return touchdown in the No. 6 Crimson Knights' 29-21 comeback win over Raritan to improve to 3-0.