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Every week this fall, Shore Sports Network will be selecting its own Shore Conference football players of the week on offense, defense, and special teams in addition to selecting those award-winners for each of the Shore's seven divisions. Our poll also returns to allow the fans to make their choice as to who they feel should be the conference's offensive and defensive players of the week.

Read through each player's accomplishments for the week and cast your votes. The polls will close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday of each week and the winner will be announced on Wednesday. This week's poll will close on Wednesday at 11 p.m.


Week 4 Fans' Choice SSN Football Player of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)



James Alexander, Sr., QB, Toms River South

Alexander ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and completed 7 of 13 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in a 26-6 win over Neptune.


Matt Cassidy, Sr., RB, Marlboro

Cassidy ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to help lead the No. 8 Mustangs to a 21-7 comeback win over Lacey to improve to 4-0 for the first time in nearly three decades.


Jake Croce, Sr., RB, Point Boro

Croce ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the No. 6 Panthers'  42-14 win over No. 14 Long Branch.


Connor Dietz, Sr., QB, Brick Memorial

Dietz became Brick Memorial's all-time leading rusher when he ran for 276 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries to lead the No. 10 Mustangs to a 40-26 victory over No. 15 Freehold Township. He also threw for 84 yards and had six tackles and an interception on defense to help Brick Memorial start 5-0 for the first time since 2012.


Josh Love, Sr., RB, Manchester

Love ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and also caught a 65-yard touchdown pass during the Hawks' 35-33 loss to Keyport.


Am'ir Martinez, Jr., QB, Matawan

Martinez ran for 92 yards and a touchdown and threw for 95 yards and a touchdown when the Huskies knocked off No. 12 Brick, 18-13, for their first win of the season.


Luca Minardo, Sr., RB, St. John Vianney

Minardo ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries when the Lancers defeated Ocean, 34-0, for their first win of the season.


Brendan O'Brien, Jr., RB, Shore

O'Brien ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the Blue Devils' 26-18 win over Asbury Park. He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense.


Jeremiah Pruitt, Sr., QB/RB/WR, Toms River North

Pruitt ran for two touchdowns and hauled in a receiving touchdown in the No. 3 Mariners' 21-7 victory over No. 5 Middletown South.


Chris Scully, Sr., RB, Colts Neck

Scully ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries during the No. 9 Cougars' 42-7 win over Red Bank.


Kaiden Stafford, Sr., WR, Monmouth

Stafford caught eight passes for 149 yards and a touchdown to help lead the Falcons to a 7-0 win over Central to improve to 4-1.


Michael Thomas III, Jr., WR., Donovan Catholic

Thomas ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on just three carries and caught two passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the No. 1 Griffins' 35-0 victory over No. 16 Wall. He had a 93-yard touchdown run and a 79-yard touchdown reception.


Nazir Treadwell, Sr., QB, Keyport

Treadwell earns the division's offensive honors again after rushing for 185 yards and three touchdowns and completing all six of his passes for 30 yards to lead the Red Raiders to a big 35-33 victory over Manchester.




Davin Brewton, Sr., LB, Red Bank Catholic

Brewton returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and totaled 10 tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss in the No. 2 Caseys' 34-6 victory over No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven.


Jayden Craft, Sr., DB, Raritan

Craft had 11 tackles and an interception as the Rockets and their defense rose to the challenge in a 20-16 victory over No. 11 Manalapan. Craft also ran for 93 yards and a touchdown.


Gary Collyer, Sr., LB, Holmdel

Collyer returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown during the Hornets 23-0 victory over Manasquan to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2007.


Justin Coston, Sr., LB, Toms River South

Coston recorded 12 tackles with one sack and five tackles for loss as the Indians defeated Neptune, 28-6, for their third straight victory.


Welman Crooms, So., DB, Matawan

Crooms' 75-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter held up as the winning score when the Huskies knocked No. 12 Brick from the ranks of the unbeaten and picked up their first win of the season with an 18-13 triumph.


Mekai Henderson, So., LB, Keyport

Henderson recorded six tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles in the Red Raiders' 35-33 win over Manchester. He also had a huge game offensively with 184 yards rushing and two touchdowns.


Shaun Hubbard, Sr., DE, Jackson Memorial

Hubbard totaled a career-high four sacks and posted six tackles in the No. 7 Jaguars' 20-14 victory over Howell to improve to 4-0.


Dan Kikta, Sr., DE, Monmouth

Kikta had nine tackles with five tackles for loss when the Falcons shut out Central, 7-0, to improve to 4-1.


Dominick Larosa, So., DE, Freehold

Larosa returned an interception for a touchdown and forced two fumbles as the Colonials won a thriller over Barnegat, 26-20 in double overtime.


Christian Oliveri, Sr., LB, Toms River North

Oliveri recorded a team-high 10 tackles, a team-best two tackles for loss, recovered a fumble, and intercepted a pass when the No. 3 Mariners defeated No. 5 Middletown South, 21-7. Toms River North's defense limited Middletown South to 68 yards of total offense.


Corzeek Palms, Jr., LB, Jackson Liberty

Palms returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown during the Lions' 28-20 victory over Lakewood.


Cole Toddings, Jr., LB, Barnegat

Toddings set the Bengals' single-game record for tackles with 22 total stops including two tackles for loss in Barnegat's 26-20 loss to Freehold in double overtime. He also caught four passes for 15 yards and two touchdowns.






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