Shore Sports Network Football Players of the Week, 11/11/14
Shore Conference Overall Players of the Week
Mike Gawlik, So., RB, Jackson Memorial
The Jaguars sophomore ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 18-yard touchdown in overtime, as Jackson shocked Red Bank Catholic, 33-27, to end the Caseys’ 40-game Shore Conference winning streak. Among Gawlik’s runs was a 48-yard touchdown run in the second half that gave the Jaguars the lead. He now has 10 touchdowns in his last three games. He also had a fumble recovery on defense to help set up a field goal. Gawlik was also voted by the fans as the Ace Outdoor Power Equipment Player of the Week with a whopping 64.4 percent of the vote.
Calvin Beaty, Jr., LB, St. John Vianney
The Lancers junior was a wrecking ball in a 34-7 victory over Manasquan with 11 tackles, which included three hits for a loss, and a fumble recovery. He also ran for a pair of touchdowns at running back to help St. John Vianney clinch the outright Class A Central title, its first division title since 1982.
Jared Calhoun, Jr., K, Jackson Memorial
Calhoun kicked field goals of 34 and 35 yards - both season longs - while also booting three extra points to help the Jaguars defeat Red Bank Catholic, 33-27 in overtime, to end the Caseys’ 40-game Shore Conference winning streak and catapult Jackson Memorial to the No. 1 ranking. Calhoun is now 28-for-31 on extra points this season with five field goals.
Divisional Players of the Week
Class A North
Cole Rogers, Jr., RB, Middletown South
Rogers ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns during a 42-0 win over Freehold to go over 1,000 yards rushing on the season. The win helped the Eagles grab the No. 1 seed in the Central Jersey Group IV bracket.
Middletown South’s entire unit
The Eagles posted their fifth shutout of the season by blanking Freehold 42-0 and allowing just 34 total yards. The win gave Middletown South the necessary power points to leapfrog both Brick and Jackson Memorial for the top seed in Central Jersey Group IV. Sophomore linebacker James McCarthy had 6 tackles, including three for a loss, junior linebacker Dylan Rogers added five tackles and a hit for a loss, and senior defensive end Pat Crowe also had three hits for a loss to lead the way.
Class A Central
Derek Ernst, Jr., RB, Raritan
Ernst ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns to go over the 1,000-yard mark in a 28-0 victory over Monmouth Regional that secured a first-round home game for the Rockets in the Central Jersey Group III playoffs.
Also deserving mention: Makiya Caesar, Jr., RB, Matawan.
Mike Santillo, Sr., LB, Raritan
Santillo stepped in at middle linebacker for the injured Sean Ennis and registered 11 tackles and a sack to lead the Rockets' defense in their 28-0 shutout of Monmouth Regional. The win helped Raritan return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, and earn a home game as the No. 4 seed.
Class A South
Carmen Sclafani, Sr., QB, Brick
Sclafani ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass to Matthew Schliefer in a 34-14 victory over Toms River South that clinched the outright Class A South division title for the Dragons.
Zach Tetro, Sr., LB, Jackson Memorial
Tetro made 16 tackles, 12 of which were solo, along with two tackles for loss and a sack in the Jaguars’ 33-27 overtime victory over Red Bank Catholic.
Class B North
Jack Navitsky, Jr., QB, Red Bank
Navitsky threw touchdown passes to Mike Reardon and Teddy Mitchell, and ran for a 25-yard touchdown in a 28-7 victory over Manchester.
Frank Henry, Sr., S, Ocean
Henry had three sacks and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Spartans’ 41-22 victory over Colts Neck that helped them qualify for the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in Central Jersey Group III. Henry also had a rushing touchdown in the win.
Class B Central
Christian Palmer, Sr., QB, Mater Dei Prep
Palmer continued his school-record-setting season for the Seraphs by piling up 476 total yards in a 52-13 blowout of Point Beach. He ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns and went 16-for-26 passing for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Palmer now has 1,044 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns and 1,511 yards passing and 20 touchdowns.
Alex Johnson, Jr., LB, Shore
Johnson had three sacks during the Blue Devils’ 35-0 shutout of Asbury Park that clinched their second straight Class B Central division title and secured the No. 1 seed in the Central Jersey Group I bracket.
Class B South
Mike Bickford, So., RB, Central
The Golden Eagles sophomore erupted for 263 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 48-21 victory over Jackson Liberty. The win clinched at least a tie for the B South title, which is Central’s first division title since 1994.
Also deserving mention: Brett Ribellino, Sr., WR, Jackson Liberty; Devin Connelly, Jr., RB, Point Boro.
Gavin Hynes, Jr., DL, Point Boro
Hynes had a pair of sacks and two tackles for a loss in a 21-12 victory over Lakewood that moved the Panthers to 5-4.