In addition to the reader-selected Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week, we will also be selecting Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for each of the Shore Conference’s seven divisions. We’ll also choose an overall Shore Conference Special Teams Player of the Week to highlight any standout kicking performances or players who got it done in the return game.

Below we’ll focus on the best performances from Week 5. 

  

SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK 

Jake Hurler, Sr., K, Freehold

Hurler connected for a 36-yard field goal in the Colonials’ 17-12 win over St. John Vianney. He now has a Shore-leading five field goals this season.

  

SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

AMERICAN DIVISION (Besides overall Player of the Week winner, Middletown South’s Vinny Condito) 

Offense 

Nico Santorelli, Jr., RB, Manalapan 

Santorelli averaged nearly 23 yards per carry and totaled three touchdowns in Manalapan’s 42-14 win over Central. Santorelli ran for 137 yards and touchdowns of 64 and 55 yards on just six carries and also hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass.

Defense 

Dylan Walling, Sr., LB, Middletown South

Walling made six tackles, recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup in the Eagles’ 14-13 win over Toms River North that clinched the American Division title.

 

COLONIAL DIVISION

Offense 

Matt Krauss, Sr., QB, Freehold

Krauss ran for 272 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries and also threw for 73 yards as the Colonials rallied for a 17-12 victory over St. John Vianney.

Defense 

Keegan Woods, Sr., LB, Rumson-Fair Haven  

Woods made 12 tackles and recorded one sack as the Bulldogs shut out Brick, 13-0, to clinch the Colonial Division title.

 

CONSTITUTION DIVISION

Offense 

Dylan Richey, Sr., QB, Wall 

Richey had a career game in the Crimson Knights’ 49-21 win over Southern with 269 total yards and six touchdowns. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. He added three tackles on defense.

Defense 

Christian Pellone, Jr., SS, Jackson Memorial

Pellone was all over the field in a 20-6 victory over Marlboro that clinched the Constitution Division title, making 17 total tackles – 11 of which were solo stops – while recording two tackles for loss and forcing two fumbles.

 

 FREEDOM DIVISION

Offense 

Steve Lubischer, Sr., QB, Red Bank Catholic  

Lubischer completed 9 of 15 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 61 yards and a touchdown (49 yards) to lead the top-ranked Caseys to a 41-14 win over No. 4 Long Branch that clinched the Freedom Division championship.

Defense

Kashaun Turner, Sr., DL, Red Bank 

Turner made six tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss, as Red Bank defeated Toms River East, 35-7, to improve to 4-1 and jump into the Shore Sports Network Top 10.

 

LIBERTY DIVISION 

Offense

Canyon Birch, Sr., RB, Manasquan 

Birch ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, including a 74-yard touchdown run on Manasquan’s second offensive play, to help the Warriors top Colts Neck, 41-6, and clinch the Liberty Division title. Birch also had 1.5 sacks and a tackle for loss on defense.

Defense 

Jaylen Smith, Jr., DB, Raritan 

Smith had a 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown and then combined with Justin Acevedo to stuff a 2-point conversion attempt with no time left as the Rockets earned a thrilling 21-20 victory over Point Boro to improve to 4-1 for the first time since 2009.

 

PATRIOT DIVISION

Offense

Malik Ingram, Jr., RB, Mater Dei Prep 

Ingram averaged an unreal 30.8 yards per carry in the Seraphs’ 43-0 win over Barnegat to clinch the Patriot Division title. He broke an 84-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage and finished with 185 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just six carries.

Defense

Connor Harris, So., LB, Pinelands

Harris made five tackles with two tackles for loss, a sack, two quarterback pressures and a pass breakup as the Wildcats returned from their bye week to score a 20-14 win over Jackson Liberty.

 

NATIONAL DIVISION 

Offense 

Cameron LaMountain, Jr., RB, Holmdel 

LaMountain ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries as the Hornets earned a huge 21-11 victory over Donovan Catholic that put them in the driver’s seat for the National Division title. 

Defense 

Alexander Peavy, Sr., LB, Asbury Park

Peavy led the Blue Bishops’ defense in a 30-14 win over Manchester with six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

 

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