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 7. 

 

SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

Jaden Key, Sr., Red Bank Catholic

Key’s blocked extra point with under three minutes left in the fourth quarter enabled Red Bank Catholic to hold off Rumson-Fair Haven for a thrilling 14-13 win.

Devan Martin, Sr., Asbury Park

Martin’s 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter proved to be the winning points in Asbury Park’s 13-7 win over Keyport.

  

SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

AMERICAN DIVISION

Offense 

Jake Kazanowsky, So., QB, Toms River North 

Kazanowsky completed 8 of 13 passes for 241 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-7 win over Toms River East to mark the second time this season he has thrown five touchdowns in a game. He is tied for the Shore Conference lead with 17 touchdown passes.

Defense 

Vinnie Palmieri, Jr., LB, Toms River North

Palmieri made 13 tackles with one tackle for loss and a forced fumble in the Mariners’ 48-7 victory over Toms River East.

 

COLONIAL DIVISION

Offense 

Sha’Kim Shuler, So., QB, Freehold

Previously a wide receiver for Freehold, Shuler made the move to quarterback in Week 7 and produced 177 yards passing and two touchdowns plus 177 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead the Colonials to a 35-7 win over Lacey.

Defense

Nasiyah Nix, Sr., DE, St. John Vianney 

Nix made eight tackles, recorded one sack and one tackle for loss as the Lancers shut out then-No. 5 Middletown South, 9-0, to hand the Eagles their first conference loss of the season.

 

CONSTITUTION DIVISION (Besides overall player of the week, Marlboro’s Dontrell Alston) 

Offense 

Joe Guglielmo, Sr., RB, Southern

Guglielmo ran for a team high 64 yards and a touchdown and also had a 38-yard catch to help the Rams defeat Howell, 28-18.

Defense 

Anthony Carcaldi, Jr., LB, Marlboro 

Carcaldi recorded nine tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one interception to lead the Mustangs’ defense in a 26-14 upset win over Freehold Township.

 

FREEDOM DIVISION 

Offense 

Jermaine Corbett, Jr., RB, Long Branch 

Corbett erupted for a career-high 320 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Green Wave offense in a 34-0 win over Manalapan.

Defense 

Kashaun Turner, Sr., DT, Red Bank 

Turner had another impressive game with six tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack while also forcing an intentional ground penalty in the end zone for a safety to lead the Bucs to a 19-0 shutout win over Monmouth.

  

LIBERTY DIVISION 

Offense

Steve Coponi, Jr., QB, Raritan 

Coponi turned in a career game in a 48-6 win over Matawan with 335 yards and four touchdowns. He ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries – scoring on runs of 12 and 84 yards – and also completed 4 of 8 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Smith and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Nick Kenneally. 

Defense

Brendan Wei, Sr., DB, Colts Neck

Wei had 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass deflection against Pinelands.

 

PATRIOT DIVISION

Offense 

Evan Burton, Sr., RB, Pinelands 

Burton turned in another big game with 227 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries to lead the Wildcats to a 27-15 road win over Colts Neck. Burton had touchdown runs of 2 and 66 yards to give him 917 yards rushing on the season. 

Defense 

Charlie Cotton, Sr., LB, Barnegat 

Cotton had a big game on both sides of the ball to lead the Bengals to an 18-15 win over Point Boro, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Panthers. Cotton recorded six total tackles with four tackles for loss and a sack along with two forced fumbles. He also ran for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns on 33 carries.

 

NATIONAL DIVISION  

Offense 

Dean Gallo, Sr., RB, Holmdel

Gallo ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries to help lead the Hornets to a 43-3 victory over Point Beach that clinched the National Division championship, Holmdel’s first division title since 2007. Gallo has rushed for 842 yards and 10 touchdowns on an average of 11.4 yards per carry this season. 

Defense

Junior Haughton, So., LB, Asbury Park

Haughton had eight tackles with two sacks to lead the Blue Bishops’ defense in a 13-7 win over Keyport.

 

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