Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week: Point Boro’s Ronnie Leyda
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 66,000 votes cast so far this season.
The winner of the Week 4 readers’ vote for the Shore Conference Football Player of the Week is Point Boro senior linebacker Ronnie Leyda, who had three tackles for a loss among his 7.5 tackles to lead a defense that propelled the No. 8 Panthers to a 13-3 nondivisional victory over Monmouth Regional.
Monmouth entered the game ranked No. 10 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 and undefeated at 4-0, while the Panthers were 3-0 and ranked No. 8. Down 3-0 at halftime, Point Boro’s defense put the clamps on Monmouth’s offense to allow just 30 yards and two first downs over the final two quarters. The Panthers then rallied with touchdown runs by quarterback James Fara and running back Brandon Cipriano to start 4-0 for the third straight season.
Point Boro will try to remain in control of Class B South when it hosts Manchester (2-2) on Friday night.
Leyda won a close vote with Toms River East quarterback Louis Gallo IV by garnering 33.39 percent of the vote. Gallo ran for 122 yard and three touchdowns in a 42-28 win over Manchester to give Toms River East its first two-game winning streak in three years. Keansburg linebacker Joe Osterbye, who made 14 tackles in the Titans’ 14-13 win over Pinelands, was third.