The Thanksgiving Day games and the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 3 championship game featured some great individual performances on the ground, through the air and on defense and special teams as teams.

Now it’s time to get your vote in for who had the top performance in the Shore this weekend to choose the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey/Shore Sports Network Player of the Week. The winner will be announced on Thursday right here on Voting will end Wednesday at midnight.

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Week 12 Player of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order) 

Sam Akinlolu, Sr., RB, Toms River South

The Indians won the 99th all-time meeting with Lakewood, 59-36, thanks in large part to a career game by Akinlolu, who ran for a career-high 232 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries.


Marc Dennis, Sr., QB, Long Branch

Dennis had three touchdown passes – all in the third quarter – and also ran for a touchdown as the Green Wave defeated Red Bank, 33-14, on Thanksgiving to tie the school record for wins with 11.


Charlie Gordinier, Jr., LB, Red Bank Catholic 

Gordinier made nine tackles with two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble as part of a clutch defensive performance that led RBC to a 14-10 win over Mater Dei in the Non-Public Group 3 final. Gordinier was also in on the tackle that stopped Mater Dei on fourth-and-goal from the 3 with under five minutes left in the game.


Najiere Hutchinson, Sr., RB/LB, Neptune

Hutchinson ran for 60 yards and scored the Scarlet Fliers’ only touchdown in a 7-6 win over Asbury Park on Thanksgiving. He also led the charge defensively to hold the Blue Bishops to only a single touchdown.


Malik Ingram, Jr., RB, Mater Dei Prep 

Although the Seraphs lost to Red Bank Catholic, 14-10, in the Non-Public Group 3 final, Ingram was outstanding with 250 yards rushing and a touchdown on 34 carries. He finished the season with 1,914 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.


Dante Morris, Sr., RB, Lakewood

Mr. Do-it-all for the Piners had a memorable game to close out his career by rushing for 244 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries, throwing a touchdown pass and rushing for three 2-point conversions in a 59-36 loss to Toms River South.


Tanner Powers, Sr., TE/LB, Wall

Powers had a big all-around game to lead the Crimson Knights to an 18-7 win over Manasquan on Thanksgiving. He made 10 tackles, including four tackles for loss and one sack, snagged an interception and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass as Wall took a 10-9 lead in the all-time Thanksgiving series.



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