Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week: Lacey’s Coleton Klaus
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 80,000 votes cast so far this season.
The winner of the Week 5 readers’ vote for the Shore Conference Football Player of the Week is Lacey senior quarterback Coleton Klaus, who accounted for 365 total yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lions’ in their thrilling 34-33 comeback victory over Lakewood in a pivotal Class B South game.
Klaus completed 20 of 33 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 79 yards on seven carries as Lacey rallied to erase a 27-13 deficit in the second half and improve to 3-2. Klaus fired touchdown passes to Dylan Gudzak, Cory Gudzak and Ryan Kilmurray, and it was his 37-yard scoring throw to Kilmurray with 1:07 left in regulation which tied the score at 33 and set up junior Kevin Hayes to kick the go-ahead extra point.
Klaus’s 286 yards passing and 79 yards rushing are both career highs, and his three touchdown passes ties a career high. In five games this season, Klaus has thrown for 830 yards and five touchdowns with a completion rate of 57 percent.
Lacey returns to action in Week 6 with another crucial Class B South game at home against Barnegat. The Lions are two games back of both Barnegat and Point Boro in the division standings. They currently sit third in the South Jersey Group III power point standings.
Klaus took the Week 5 honors with 30.58 percent of the vote, eight percentage points ahead of Brick sophomore quarterback Anthony Prato and double the votes of both Long Branch wide receiver/defensive back Pasa Fields and Donovan Catholic running back Damian Johnson.