The first round of the NJSIAA playoffs featured some great individual performances on the ground, through the air and on defense and special teams as teams began their quest for a state championship.

Now it’s time to get your vote in for who had the top performance in the Shore this weekend to choose the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey/Shore Sports Network Player of the Week. The winner will be announced on Wednesday right here on ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Voting will end Tuesday at midnight.

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Week 9 Player of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)

Matt Benedetti, Jr., LB, Manalapan

Manalapan’s defense stood tall in a 14-7 road win over Hunterdon Central in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 5 playoffs and Benedetti led the way with 13 tackles, including nine solo stops, plus a sack to send the Braves to the semifinals.

 

Canyon Birch, Sr., RB, Manasquan

Birch ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to lead a 300-yard rushing effort by the Warriors in a 40-21 victory over Delaware Valley in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 2 playoffs.

 

Trevor Brey, Sr, QB, Middletown South

Brey ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and completed 8 of 16 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eagles to a 35-14 victory over Northern Burlington in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 playoffs.

 

Joe Carchio, Sr., RB/LB, Brick

Carchio had a huge game in Brick’s 17-3 win over Jackson Memorial in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 playoffs with 4.5 sacks and three tackles for loss to lead a ferocious defensive effort. Carchio also ran for two touchdowns and caught a 2-point conversion pass to send the Dragons back to the semifinals.

 

Jermaine Corbett, Jr., RB, Long Branch

Corbett ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns and also took a screen pass 15 yards for a touchdown as the Green Wave crushed Middletown North, 42-0, to open their title defense in the Central Jersey Group 4 playoffs.

 

Dean Gallo, Sr., RB, Holmdel

Gallo ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns, including an 89-yard touchdown run on the Hornets’ first offensive play, to key a 42-0 shellacking of Nottingham in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 3 playoffs. The victory was Holmdel’s first postseason win since 2007.

 

Quadir Lawson, Sr., RB/LB, Asbury Park

Lawson had a big game on both sides of the ball when the sixth-seeded Blue Bishops went on the road and shut out Woodbury, 27-0, in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 1 playoffs. Lawson ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and also made five tackles with one sack and a forced fumble to send Asbury into the semifinals.

 

Kyle McBride, Sr., LB, Brick Memorial

McBride had a great game in recording 15 tackles with one tackle for loss, half a sack and an interception to lead the Mustangs’ defense in a 21-13 win over Freehold in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 playoffs. The Mustangs trailed 13-0 after the first quarter but allowed just 63 yards the rest of the game.

 

Makai Mickens, Sr., RB/DB, Red Bank

Mickens had a big all-around game to help the Bucs defeat Allentown, 30-13, in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 3 playoffs. Mickens had a big second half on the ground to finish with 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard score, and also made eight tackles, intercepted a pass and had a pass breakup on defense.

 

Logan Peters, So., QB/WR/DB, Wall

The Crimson Knights lost to Timber Creek, 33-28, in the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 playoffs but Peters had a clutch game in relief to nearly rally Wall to victory. After senior quarterback Dylan Richey went down with an injury in the second quarter, Peters stepped in and completed 7 of 15 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a 13-yard touchdown catch prior to taking over at quarterback, ran for 27 yards and on defense made eight tackles with one tackle for loss.

 

Johnny Volker, So., RB, Rumson-Fair Haven

Volker filled in for injured starter Alex Maldjian and made sure the Bulldogs didn’t miss a beat with 118 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 28-7 win over Ocean in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 3 playoffs.

 

 

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