Shore Conference Week 9 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 9, which included the first round of the NJSIAA public school sectional playoffs and regional crossover games. A premium is placed on performances from playoff games.
SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jayon Farrar, Jr., Long Branch
Farrar returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown that was a key play during Long Branch’s 33-3 win over Highland in the South, Group 4 quarterfinals.
Jack Friedman, Long Branch
Friedman blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by teammate Christian Rodriguez, kickstarting Long Branch on its way to a 33-3 win over Highland in the South, Group 4 quarterfinals.
SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense (Besides overall winner, Toms River North’s Zach Goodale)
John Volker, Jr., RB, Rumson-Fair Haven
Volker ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the defending-champion Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak with a 27-6 win over Delsea in the Central, Group 3 state quarterfinals.
Christian Rodriguez, So., DB, Long Branch
Rodriguez recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown and also intercepted two passes on defense in Long Branch’s 33-3 win over Highland that sent the Green Wave into the South, Group 4 semifinals.
Logan Peters, Jr., QB, Wall
Peters ran for three touchdowns and threw for another – all in the first half – when the undefeated and top-seeded Crimson Knights dominated Allentown, 49-7, in the Central, Group 3 state quarterfinals.
Collin McCarthy, Sr., DE, Jackson Memorial
McCarthy totaled seven tackles with 3.5 sacks, five tackles for loss a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Jackson’s 20-0 shutout victory over Moorestown in the Central, Group 4 quarterfinals.
Will Devane, Sr., WR, Southern
The Rams fell to Vineland, 24-21, in the South, Group 5 quarterfinals but Devane had a great game to complete his one and only season of high school football with three catches for 86 yards and a touchdown and three carries for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Eddie Farrell, Sr., LB, Middletown North
Middletown North lost to Toms River East, 17-7, in the Central, Group 4 quarterfinals but Farrell was outstanding with 10 tackles one sack and three tackles for loss to continue his great senior season.
Mike Goodall, Sr., QB, Toms River East
Goodall paced the Raiders’ offense with 117 yards rushing on 19 carries to help Toms River East defeat Middletown North, 17-7, in the Central, Group 4 quarterfinals for the program’s first playoff win since 2009.
Alex Smith, Sr., DB, Toms River East
Smith’s interception early in the second half halted a Middletown North drive and led to a Toms River East touchdown as the Raiders defeated the Lions, 17-7, in the Central, Group 4 quarterfinals for their first playoff win in 10 years.
Tynan Jensen, Jr., RB/LB, Lacey
Jensen ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries and also had an interception on defense to lead the Lions to a 35-15 win over Burlington Township in the Central, Group 3 state quarterfinals.
Myles Day, Jr., DB, Holmdel
Day had two interceptions and also blocked a field goal in Holmdel’s 22-14 victory over Red Bank in the South, Group 3 quarterfinals.
Trebor Pena, Sr., RB/DB, Ocean
The Spartans suffered a heartbreaking 27-23 loss to Seneca in the South, Group 3 quarterfinals to end their season, but Pena was fantastic to lead the Spartans on both sides of the ball. The Temple University recruit ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns, had a 74-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown and also intercepted two passes on defense.
Griffin Jackstadt, Sr., DL, Barnegat
Jackstadt recorded six total tackles with one sack and four tackles for loss as the Bengals topped Middle Township, 13-6, in a Group 2 regional crossover game.
Jai’Sun Brown, Fr., QB, Asbury Park
Brown threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns in the Blue Bishops’ 42-20 loss to Woodbury in the South, Group 1 quarterfinals.
Jake Ferrara, Jr., DB, Keyport
Ferrara made eight tackles and recorded two sacks in Keyport’s 14-7 win over South Hunterdon in a Group 1 regional crossover game.
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