Shore Sports Network Player of the Week: Derek Ernst
Every week this season, Shore Conference football fans will have their chance to vote for the Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week on our website, with tens of thousands of votes cast already this season.
The Week Four recipient is Raritan senior running back Derek Ernst, who ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the Rockets' 34-0 victory over Freehold to improve to 3-0. Ernst had a 79-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a 2-yard run touchdown run in the second quarter and a 31-yard scoring run in the third quarter. After rushing for 1,505 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, Ernst has picked up right where he left off with 467 yards rushing in three games with an average of 8.5 yards per carry.
Raritan's fans voted hard for Ernst, who beat out 16 other players and edged Middletown North's Dwight Wilkerson with 32.54 percent of the vote.