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.

The Week 4 Player of the Week winner is Donovan Catholic sophomore running back/linebacker Dominick Nocero, who had a big game on defense and also scored the game’s opening touchdown as the Griffins shut out Asbury Park, 24-0, to start the season 3-0 for the first time in over 15 years.

Nocero’s first career reception was a big one as it gave the Griffins a 7-0 lead two plays after he helped the defense force a turnover on downs. Asbury Park had used nine minutes of clock to open the game but Donovan quickly snatched the momentum when Nocero took a pass in the flat, slipped out of an ankle tackle, juked another defender and sprinted to the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown.

Donovan’s defense was on the field for more than double the plays of its counterpart as Asbury Park put together several long drives. The Griffins limited the Blue Bishops to 238 yards on just 3.8 yards per play and, more importantly, kept them out of the end zone. Nocero recorded a game-high 16 tackles, including one tackle for loss. In three games this season, Nocero has 25 tackles and one sack.

The Griffins will bring their undefeated record into a massive Week 5 game against Holmdel. Both teams entered the season as top contenders for the Shore Conference National Division title and the winner of Friday night’s game will take a major step toward securing the division crown. Donovan’s last division title came in 2012 when it captured the Class B South championship. Holmdel’s last title was in 2007 when it also won the National Division.

Nocero finished atop the poll with 26.71 percent of the votes to win over Manasquan’s Rashid Tuddles, Wall’s Casey Larkin and Brick Memorial’s Tyler Sindel.

 

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