Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week: Freehold’s Ashante Worthy
Every week this regular season, Shore Conference football fans will have their chance to vote for the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey/Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week on our website, with over 100,000 votes cast already this season.
The Player of the Week for Week 10 was such an obvious choice that we didn't even bother having a vote. Freehold junior quarterback Ashante Worthy went nuclear in Freehold's 69-56 NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV playoff win over Pennsauken to produce the greatest individual statistical performance in Shore Conference history. He rushed for a Shore Conference-record 465 yards and 8 touchdowns while throwing for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns to post a mind-boggling 536 yards of total offense and 10 touchdowns.
Worthy scored on runs of 10, 14, 1, 53, 15, 30, 24 and 53 yards while throwing a 14-yard touchdown to Ahlonte Hair and a 46-yard touchdown to Markee Gill. Worthy had seven touchdowns in the first half, including four in the first quarter, when Freehold grabbed a 49-32 halftime lead. Worthy also set the state record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback, surpassing the mark of 405 set by Old Tappan's Devin Fuller (now on the Atlanta Falcons) in a 2010 game vs. Paramus.
The 125 combined points put up by Freehold and Pennsauken made it the highest scoring playoff game in NJSIAA history, surpassing the 119 points set by Old Tappan and Paramus in 2010.
Worthy now has 1,881 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns plus 732 yards passing and eight touchdowns this season. He also has a kick return touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown to put him six touchdowns shy of tying the Shore Conference single-season record of 44 set by Mater Dei quarterback Christian Palmer in 2014.
The fans did get to vote on what they thought was Worthy's most impressive statistical performance, and the choice was his 10 total touchdowns.
Worthy and Freehold will try to keep their season going when they face top-seeded Brick in the semifinals of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV playoffs on Friday night.