Shore Sports Network Football Players of the Week, 10/22/13
*All selections are made by managing editor Scott Stump except for Fans’ choice, which is from the voting in the weekly poll.
Fans’ choice: 1. Noah Yates, DB, Point Beach – 40.7 percent of the vote
2. Dwyane Gudge, RB, Brick Memorial (37.8%)
3. Southern RB Rob Yaiser (6.4%)
More than 46,000 total votes were cast this week, with the Point Beach fan base pouring in more than 18,800 votes for Noah Yates.
Yates had a sensational day with four interceptions, believed to be a school record, in a 42-14 win over Keansburg on Saturday. Yates now has a Shore Conference-high six interceptions for the season.
Shore Sports Network Players of the Week
(tie) Matt Gudzak, Sr., RB, Toms River East; Dahmiere Willis, Jr., RB, Long Branch
Gudzak rolled up 155 yards on the ground and two touchdowns while also catching two touchdown passes, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, to give him nearly 220 yards of total offense in a 42-35 victory that handed Brick its first divisional loss in Class A South.
Willis (#4 at left) had the biggest rushing day of any running back in the Shore Conference this season when he exploded for a career-high 276 yards on 17 carries in a 48-23 win over Freehold. He is believed to have tied the single-game school record with five touchdowns.
Mason Fazekas, Sr., LB, Southern
Fazekas (#54 above) had 6 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks to spearhead a dominant Southern effort on defense in which it limited Lacey to 123 total yards, including minus-7 on the ground, to power a 21-7 win over the previously unbeaten Lions in Class A South that halted a 15-game winning streak against Shore Conference competition by Lacey.
Mike Creamer, Sr., K, Matawan
The Huskies’ senior kicker continued a strong season and bolstered Matawan’s playoff hopes when he hit three field goals in a 9-7 win over Wall. Creamer now leads the Shore Conference with eight field goals and has 31 points on the season. His final field goal came with 41.8 seconds left in the game from 26 yards out, and gave the Huskies the win.
Manalapan’s special teams unit
The Braves had a pair of special teams touchdowns in a 42-7 win over East Brunswick, as Dan Debner took a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and John Cheung returned a punt for a 50-yard score.
Matt Mosquera, So., K/P, Middletown South
Mosquera nailed a 37-yard field goal in a 30-16 win over Freehold Township.
Raul Perez, Sr., K, Manasquan
Perez’s 25-yard field goal proved to be crucial in the Warriors’ 17-14 win over Monmouth Regional.
Divisional Players of the Week
Class A North
Donald Glenn, Fr., QB, Middletown North
The Lions’ freshman signal-caller had the best game of his young career, going 11-for-16 for 261 yards and four touchdown passes in a 41-12 win over Marlboro to give Middletown North its first win of the season.
Martin Hooper, Sr., DL, Colts Neck
Hooper led another stellar defensive effort for the Cougars, who forced five turnovers on their way to a 35-7 win over St. John Vianney. Hooper played every snap and was consistently in the Lancers’ backfield on his way to eight tackles and a sack in the win.
Class A Central
Charlie Volker, Jr., RB, Rumson-FH
Volker rolled up a career-high 246 yards rushing on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 28-6 win over Raritan.
Tanner Cowley, Jr., LB, Manasquan
Cowley had 8 tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and a pass break-up to help Manasquan edge Monmouth 17-14 for its fourth straight win.
Class A South
Rob Yaiser, Sr., RB, Southern
Yaiser ran for a career-high 158 yards and a touchdown and also caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in Southern’s 21-7 win over previously unbeaten Lacey. Also the team’s placekicker, Yaiser added an extra point to give him 141 career points, which is the school record.
Darrius Hart, Sr., DB, Toms River South
Hart had two interceptions to go along with his two touchdown catches on offense to lead a 33-14 win over Jackson Memorial that handed the Jaguars their first loss in Class A South.
Class B North
Sadiq Palmer, So., WR, Red Bank
Palmer had a sensational all-around game to lead the Bucs to their first win of the season, a 36-35 double-overtime thriller against Neptune. Palmer had six catches for 112 yards and three touchdowns, including a 25-yard catch in overtime that brought Red Bank within a point. He then dove into the end zone for a successful two-point conversion run to give Red Bank the win. Defensively, he had 12 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.
Jake Weber, Jr., DL, Matawan
Weber had a fumble recovery at Wall’s 3-yard line that set up a field goal and also had four quarterback pressures to help lead a strong defensive effort in a 9-7 win over Wall.
Class B Central
Joe Wegrzyniak, Jr., RB, Point Beach; Michael Frauenheim, Jr., RB, Point Beach
Wegrzyniak piled up 207 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground in a 42-14 win over Keansburg, while Frauenheim had 101 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 13 carries along with a touchdown catch and an interception on defense in the victory.
Tyquis Davis, Jr., LB, Asbury Park
Davis had a strong all-around game in a 26-18 win over Mater Dei Prep, as he had a forced fumble and a sack that led to a turnover on defense, and had five catches for 105 yards on offense.
Class B South
Amani Richardson, Sr., RB, Manchester; Joey Fields, Sr., RB, Msgr. Donovan
Richardson had 154 yards rushing and a touchdown to help the Hawks pick up their first win of the season with a 34-17 victory over Point Boro.
Fields had 133 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 99-yard score, in a 36-7 win over Pinelands that gave Griffins’ head coach Dan Duddy his 100th career win.
Amir Tyler, So., LB, Lakewood; Ricky Gerena, Jr., DB, Barnegat
Tyler had a tackle in the end zone for a huge safety that snapped a 20-20 tie with 2:10 left in the game in Lakewood’s 29-20 win over Jackson Liberty, as the Piners’ defense only surrendered one offensive touchdown. He also had a 42-yard touchdown run in the win.
Gerena had a pair of interceptions to give him five on the season and helped hold standout Central wideout Isaiah Akers to one catch for six yards in Barnegat’s 23-7 win over Central that gave the Bengals’ sole possession of first place in the division.