VOTE for the Week 5 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 5. 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.
Scroll down to see the candidates and make your selection. If you'd like to vote more than once, just wait one hour and come back.
Player of the Week nominees for Week 5 (listed in alphabetical order)
Troy Alvarez, Jr., QB, Keyport
Alvarez led the Red Raiders to a scintillating 22-16 victory over Asbury Park by throwing for 116 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 63 yards and two touchdowns. His 7-yard touchdown run with 37 seconds left gave Keyport the lead after Asbury had taken a 16-14 lead with 2:13 to play. He also had a 10-yard touchdown run and a 73-yard touchdown pass to Zack Connallon.
Mikal Braithwaite, So., QB, Keansburg
Braithwaite had another standout performance in a Titans’ victory with 219 yards passing and three touchdowns to lead the ‘Burg to a 21-6 victory over Pinelands.
Ryan Clark, Sr., QB, Donovan Catholic
Clark ran for 156 yards on 15 carries and threw for 61 yards and two touchdowns when the Griffins’ defeated Manasquan, 42-6, to clinch at least a share of the Liberty Division title and start 6-0 for the first time in program history.
Marcandrew Gagneron, Sr., RB, Matawan
Gagneron had a career day in the Huskies’ wild 49-42 overtime victory over Toms River South with a whopping 318 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 53(!) carries as Matawan rallied from a 42-28 deficit to score the game’s final three touchdowns.
Chris Grille, Jr., LB, Manchester
Grille recorded five tackles and forced a fumble, and it was that fumble which he also recovered and returned 52 yards for a touchdown to spark the Hawks’ 20-10 comeback victory over Point Beach.
Andre Johnson, Sr., RB, Manalapan
Johnson ran for 182 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries to lead the Braves to a 34-19 win over Long Branch.
I-meer Johnson, Jr., LB, Central
Johnson had six tackles with one tackle for a loss and came up with a huge defensive play by returning a fumble 64 yards for a touchdown in the Golden Eagles’ 16-9 win over Holmdel.
Jack Kelly, Jr., DL, Rumson-Fair Haven
Kelly was a force along the defensive front for Rumson in its huge 21-16 win over Mater Dei Prep and delivered the go-ahead score when he intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. He totaled 14 tackles with three sacks and eight quarterback pressures to go along with his game-changing pick-6.
Jamie Mazzacco, So., LB, Shore Regional
Mazzacco intercepted two passes, including one returned for a touchdown, and made five tackles with one tackle for loss in the Blue Devils’ 35-7 win over Monmouth Regional.
Dom Palumbo, Sr., TE/DE, Marlboro
Palumbo was a big-play machine again for the Mustangs in a thrilling 14-12 win over Freehold Township with two receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He took a screen pass 40 yards for a touchdown and then produced a 96-yard touchdown reception. Palumbo was a difference-maker on defense, as well, with two sacks, four tackles, a forced fumble and two pass breakups
Trebor Pena, Sr., RB/DB, Ocean
Pena did it all and showcased his abilities as one of the Shore Conference’s best all-around playmakers in Ocean’s sensational 42-37 comeback victory over Raritan that clinched at least a share of the Patriot Division title. Pena ran for 237 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, caught four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns and on defense made 13 tackles with one interception and one fumble recovery. Ocean was down 21-0 in the second quarter and 24-7 at halftime before staging a furious rally.
Jarrod Pruitt, Sr., RB, Toms River North
Pruitt ran for 194 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to help the Mariners clip Middletown South, 34-29, and remain tied for first in the American Division.
Colin Riley, So., LB, Wall
The Crimson Knights’ defense was at it again with another shutdown performance, this time in a 34-7 victory over Brick Memorial that pushed the Shore’s No. 1 team to 6-0. Riley continued his fantastic season with five sacks and two tackles for loss among his 10 total tackles plus one additional quarterback pressure.
Romeo Thomas, Sr., RB, Colts Neck
Thomas ran for 149 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries as the Cougars rolled to a 42-0 win over Lakewood to improve to 5-1.
Will Towns, Jr., RB, Jackson Memorial
Towns ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass as the Jaguars defeated rival Jackson Liberty, 14-7, to win back the Connor Cup.