Shore Conference Week 4 Divisional Football Players of the Week
In addition to the reader-selected Ocean County Sports Medicine 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 4.
SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Michael Thomas III, So., Donovan Catholic
Thomas returned a blocked field goal 80 yards for a touchdown for the No. 3 Griffins' only touchdown in their 14-7 loss to No. 1 Red Bank Catholic.
Michael Calton, Sr., Manalapan
Calton connected on a 35-yard field goal in the Braves' 14-10 loss to No. 6 Rumson-Fair Haven.
Ian Poole-Morgan, Jr., Middletown North
Poole-Morgan kicked a 37-yard field goal and went 2-for-2 on extra points during the Lions' 17-0 victory over Southern.
Diego Wolf, Sr., Lacey
Wolf went 4-for-4 on extra points and converted a 34-yard field goal as the Lions beat rival Central, 31-18, for their first win of the season.
SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense (Besides Player of the Week voting winner, Middletown South's Jake Czwakiel)
Sabino Portella, Sr., RB, Red Bank Catholic
Portella ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns to help lead No. 1 RBC to a 14-7 win over No. 3 Donovan Catholic.
Austin Kiernan, So., LB, Rumson-Fair Haven
Kiernan had three sacks, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and seven total tackles in Rumson's 14-10 comeback victory over No. 6 Manalapan that evened the Bulldogs' record at 2-2.
Micah Ford, Jr., QB, Toms River North
Ford's outstanding season continued in the No. 2 Mariners' 42-7 win over Long Branch where he completed 5 of 9 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He also had eight tackles, an interception, and a tackle for loss on defense.
James Barnao, Jr., LB, Middletown North
Barnao was a defensive force in the Lions' 17-0 shutout victory over Southern and also contributed on the offensive side of the ball. The junior made nine total tackles with an impressive five tackles for loss, ran for 27 yards and a touchdown on five carries, and had a 21-yard reception.
Chris Scully, Jr., RB, Colts Neck
Scully is enjoying a breakout season and turned in his best performance yet on Saturday with a career-high 254 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 31 carries to lead the Cougars to a 14-7 win over Freehold Township.
Ray DeFrancesco, Jr., LB, Howell
DeFrancesco recorded seven tackles and intercepted a pass which he returned 20 yards for a touchdown to help the Rebels knock off then-No. 7 Marlboro, 28-14.
Connor Dietz, Jr., QB, Brick Memorial
Dietz had a monster game in Brick Memorial's wild 47-41 overtime win over Neptune in which the Mustangs rallied from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He completed 12 of 25 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 165 yards and the game-clinching 25-yard touchdown run in overtime. He also converted 3 of 4 extra points and ran for a 2-point conversion.
Ben Trench, Sr., DL, Ocean
Trench had two sacks, two tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery in the No. 6 Spartans' 39-0 win over Toms River South.
Julian Jones, Sr., RB, Monmouth Regional
Jones ran for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries as the Falcons picked up a 14-9 victory over Holmdel to even their record at 2-2.
Aiden Ward, Sr., DE, Point Boro and Colin Obser, So., OLB, Point Boro
Both Ward and Obser recorded eight total tackles and one sack as the No. 4 Panthers blanked then-No. 10 Raritan, 39-0, to remain undefeated.
Zack Corrado, Sr., RB, Jackson Liberty
Corrado rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries as the Lions defeated Manchester, 18-14.
Amari Phillips, Sr., LB, Toms River East
Phillips returned an interception for a touchdown and ran for a team-high 66 yards as the Raiders shut out Barnegat, 14-0, to improve to 2-2 and hand the Bengals their first division loss.
Keyon Tims, Sr., RB/LB, Lakewood
Tims was electric in the Piners' 54-35 win over Keansburg with 214 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 19 carries plus 11 tackles on defense. Lakewood ran for 492 yards and six touchdowns in total to earn its first win of the season.
Ralee Stephens, Sr., TE/FS, Asbury Park
Stephens intercepted a pass and recorded six tackles, plus caught three passes for 60 yards as the Blue Bishops topped Point Beach, 27-14, for their first win of the season.