Vote for the Shore Conference Football Player of the Week for the NJSIAA Semifinals
The semifinals of the NJSIAA playoffs featured some great individual performances on the ground, through the air and on defense and special teams as teams moved one step closer to 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 10 Player of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)
Canyon Birch, Sr., RB, Manasquan
Birch ran for 152 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries in the Warriors’ 14-7 win over Cinnaminson in the Central Jersey Group 2 semifinals. Birch’s 31-yard run and subsequent 3-yard touchdown run with 2:12 left stood up as the game-winning score and sent Manasquan to its 19th sectional championship game.
Steve Cmielewski, Sr., LB, Red Bank Catholic
Cmielewski made 14 tackles, two sacks and three hurries to lead a Caseys defense that recorded its second shutout of the season in a 27-0 win over Pope John in the Non-Public Group 3 semifinals.
Jermaine Corbett, Jr., RB, Long Branch
Corbett was unstoppable in Long Branch’s 47-14 win over Brick Memorial in the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals with 314 yards rushing and five total touchdowns. Corbett averaged 13.7 yards per carry and scored rushing touchdowns of 29, 58, 39 and 20 in the second half. He also had an 18-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass in the first half.
Jimmy Leblo, Sr., QB/WR/DB, Brick
Leblo ran for 128 yards and four touchdowns, caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and had a fumble recovery on defense as the Dragons walloped Middletown South, 42-14, in the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals. Leblo scored all five of his touchdowns in the first half to stake the Dragons to a 35-0 halftime lead.
Rob McCoy, Sr., QB, Mater Dei
McCoy ran for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns as the Seraphs stunned DePaul, 28-23, in an instant classic in the Non-Public Group 3 semifinals. McCoy’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Lewis with 41 seconds left gave Mater Dei the lead after DePaul had pulled ahead with just over two minutes left. McCoy had touchdown runs of 1 and 9 yards in the first quarter and also threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Alston in the fourth quarter.
Keegan Woods, Sr., LB, Rumson-Fair Haven
Rumson’s defense was outstanding in a 14-9 win over Red Bank in the Central Jersey Group 3 finals and Woods led the way with 20 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and also had a game-clinching interception in the final minute. The Bulldogs held Red Bank to 99 yards of offense and just 50 yards rushing to reach their sixth straight sectional final.