Shore Conference Week 12 Football Player of the Week: RBC’s Charlie Gordinier
Every week this 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.
The Week 12 (Thanksgiving and the Non-Public Group 3 championship) Player of the Week winner is Red Bank Catholic junior linebacker Charlie Gordinier, who made major contributions to a clutch defensive effort that led the Caseys to a 14-10 win over Mater Dei Prep in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 3 championship game.
Gordinier had nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery for an RBC defense that made several clutch plays in the state championship game. His fumble recovery off a strip by MJ Wright came deep in RBC territory and followed the Caseys being stopped on fourth-and-1 from their own 29-yard line. Gordinier also had a key tackle for loss on third down late in the first half that forced Mater Dei to settle for a field goal and keep the Caseys ahead, 7-3.
Gordinier was also part of a goal-line stand with under five minutes left in the game that kept RBC in front, 14-10. Mater Dei had first-and-goal from the 9-yard line but was denied getting into the end zone on four straight tries, including one final play from the 3-yard line were Gordinier, Kevin Bauman, Steve Cmielewski and Jake Louro all had a hand in turning the ball over on downs.
RBC’s 14-10 victory gave the Caseys their second NJSIAA group state title in program history and first since 2014. It was their third NJSIAA title including a Non-Public South A sectional title won in 1976 and seventh overall including four championships won before the playoff system was implemented. The Caseys also finished the season undefeated for the first time since 1960.
Gordinier, who has scholarship offers from Pitt and Rutgers and has received interest from several other FBS programs, had a standout year as a member of an RBC defense that finished third in the Shore in points allowed at 10 per game. He finished the season with 83 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one interception and six passes defensed. He also had nine receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end.
Gordinier secured the final Player of the Week award for the season by garnering 35.6 percent of the votes to win over Wall’s Tanner Powers and Mater Dei’s Malik Ingram.