VOTE for the Week 3 Orthopaedic Institute Shore Conference Football Player of the Week
There were some great individual performances in the air, on the ground, on defense and on special teams in Week 3. 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 Wednesday right here on ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Voting will end Tuesday at midnight.
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Player of the Week nominees for Week 3 (listed in alphabetical order)
Yusuf Ahmed, Jr., LB/RB, Toms River East
Ahmed recorded eight tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss and also ran for a touchdown and blocked an extra point in the Raiders’ 24-20 victory over Colts Neck. He had a 19-yard run on fourth-and-2 that clinched the game and sent Toms River East to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.
Andrew Bartlett, Sr., LB, Pinelands
In a 14-13 loss to Keyport, Bartlett set what is believed to be a Shore Conference single-game record by intercepting five passes. He returned one of those interceptions 50-plus yards for a touchdown and had four of the picks in the first half.
Mikal Braithwaite, So., QB, Keansburg
Braithwaite ran for 95 yards and a touchdown and threw for 88 yards and a touchdown as the Titans rallied for a 12-7 victory over Manchester with a touchdown in the final minute.
Chris Carasia, Jr., DB, Ocean
Carasia had two interception returns for touchdowns, including a school-record 99-yard pick-six, in the Spartans’ 47-0 win over Barnegat.
Nasir Calhoun, Sr., RB, Donovan Catholic
Calhoun ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as part of a 442-yard rushing effort in the Griffins’ 45-14 victory over Central Regional.
Ray Carlson, Sr., WR, Toms River North
A starting defensive back for the Mariners, Carlson played wide receiver for the first time and came up with a huge performance in a spectacular 22-21 double-overtime win over Rumson-Fair Haven. Carlson caught five passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, a 67-yard score in the second quarter and a one-handed, 28-yard touchdown in double overtime that set up Toms River North to go for the winning two-point conversion.
Brendan Doel, Sr., QB/DB, Freehold Township
Doel entered the game in the fourth for injured starting quarterback Lorenzo Chirichella and rallied the Patriots to a 21-13 win over Middletown North. He threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Matt Cardone to give Freehold Township a 14-13 lead and then sealed the victory with a 38-yard touchdown run. He also had eight tackles and a pass breakup on defense.
Justin Gorski, Sr., RB/DB, Lacey
Gorski ran for 136 yards and a touchdown and pulled down an interception on defense to help the Lions defeat Manasquan, 7-6, and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2013.
Junior Haughton, Sr., RB, Neptune
Haughton ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries in Neptune’s 46-0 victory over Jackson Liberty.
Malik Ingram, Sr., RB, Mater Dei Prep
Ingram was unstoppable in the Seraphs’ 35-0 win over St. John Vianney with 310 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 31 carries.
Shane McLaughlin, Jr., RB, Shore Regional
McLaughlin ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the Blue Devils to a 37-30 victory over Point Boro.
Dom Palumbo, Sr., TE/DE, Marlboro
Palumbo caught three passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns and made nine tackles with two sacks to help the Mustangs pick up their first win of the season with a 24-17 victory over Howell.
Will Towns, Jr., RB, Jackson Memorial
Towns ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 28-14 win over Brick that snapped a two-game losing streak.