Surf Taco Football Player of the Week: Pinelands’ Nathan Jeannotte
Every week this season, Shore Conference football fans will have their chance to vote for the Surf Taco/Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week on our website.
The Week 4 Player of the Week is Pinelands senior running back Nathan Jeannotte, who ran for a career-high 187 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries to help the Wildcats defeat Lakewood, 38-22, and earn their first win of the season. Jeannotte will receive a $25 Surf Taco gift card.
The Wildcats went into the season with a new offense, switching to a flexbone, triple-option attack and moving away from the double wing offense it had used in five of the last six seasons. The results weren’t great as they started 0-3 and scored just 20 points combined. Pinelands decided to go back to the double wing for Week 4 and the result was a 415-yard offensive explosive that included 332 rushing yards, 23 first downs and going 9 of 12 on third downs.
Jeannotte led the way with his performance that average 9.8 yards per carry. He scored on a 35-yard run to give Pinelands a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and added a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 38-14 lead. The 38 points are the most Pinelands has scored in a game since 2018.
Pinelands faces Central on Friday night and will try to duplicate its success on the ground and take out the Golden Eagles (2-2).
There were many great Player of the Week candidates for Week 4 and Jeannotte came out on top with just over 19 percent of the votes to narrowly win over Point Boro freshman fullback Jake Croce. Raritan sophomore running back Kieran Falzon was third and Toms River North senior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky, whose career-best performance led the way in a win over Jackson Memorial, was fourth.
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