Shore Conference Week 3 Divisional Football Players of the Week
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 Shore Conference Special Teams Players 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 3.
SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nick Costa, Jr., K, Toms River East
Costa connected on a 43-yard field goal, the longest kick in the Shore this season, during the Raiders’ 24-20 victory over Colts Neck.
Matt Dollive, So., Wall
Dollive returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to send the Crimson Knights on their way to a 42-21 victory over Freehold.
John Manos, So., Colts Neck
Manos blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown during the Cougars’ game against Toms River East.
Scott Stevens, So., Lacey
Stevens blocked an extra point to provide the winning margin in Lacey’s 7-6 win over Manasquan.
SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense (Besides overall player of the week, Toms River North’s Ray Carlson)
Geoff Schroeder, So., RB, Rumson-Fair Haven
Schroeder filled in for injured starter John Volker and ran for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 22-21 double-overtime loss to Toms River North.
Jake Louro, Jr., DT, Red Bank Catholic
Louro was a dominant interior presence in the Caseys’ 21-7 win over Long Branch with 15 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and five tackles for loss, plus a forced fumble.
Malik Ingram, Sr., RB, Mater Dei Prep
Ingram had a monster game with 310 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 31 carries in the Seraphs’ dominant 35-0 win over St. John Vianney.
Collin McCarthy, Sr., DE, Jackson Memorial
McCarthy was his usual game-wrecking self in the Jaguars’ 28-14 win over Brick with two sacks and five tackles for loss among his eight total stops.
Brendan Doel, Sr., QB, Freehold Township
Doel entered the game in the fourth for injured starting quarterback Lorenzo Chirichella and rallied the Patriots to a 21-13 win over Middletown North. He threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Matt Cardone to give Freehold Township a 14-13 lead and then sealed the victory with a 38-yard touchdown run. He also had eight tackles and a pass breakup on defense.
Dom Palumbo, Sr., TE/DE, Marlboro
Palumbo made nine tackles with two sacks and also caught three passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns to help the Mustangs pick up their first win of the season with a 24-17 victory over Howell.
Junior Haughton, Sr., RB, Neptune
Haughton ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries in Neptune’s 46-0 victory over Jackson Liberty.
Brandon McCormack, Jr., SS, Matawan
McCormack recorded three sacks, forced a fumble and had five total tackles as the Huskies shut out Lakewood, 31-0, for their first win of the season.
Ryan Clark, Sr., QB, Donovan Catholic
Clark ran for 176 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and also threw for 140 yards in the Griffins’ 45-14 win over Central.
Justin Gorski, Sr., DB/RB, Lacey
Gorski pulled down an interception and also ran for 136 yards and a touchdown to help the Lions defeat Manasquan, 7-6, and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2013.
Shane McLaughlin, Jr., RB, Shore
McLaughlin ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in the Blue Devils’ 37-30 victory over Point Boro.
Chris Carasia, Jr., DB, Ocean
Carasia had two interception returns for touchdowns, including a school-record 99-yard pick-six, in the Spartans’ 47-0 win over Barnegat.
Mikal Braithwaite, So., QB, Keansburg
Braithwaite ran for 95 yards and a touchdown and threw for 88 yards and a touchdown as the Titans rallied for a 12-7 victory over Manchester with a touchdown in the final minute.
Andrew Bartlett, Sr., LB, Pinelands
In a 14-13 loss to Keyport, Bartlett set what is believed to be a Shore Conference single-game record by intercepting five passes. He returned one of those interceptions 50-plus yards for a touchdown and had four of the picks in the first half.