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There were some great individual performances in the air, on the ground, on defense, and on special teams in Week 8, and now it’s time to get your vote in for who had the top performance in the Shore this weekend to choose the Ocean County Sports Medicine/Shore Sports Network Player of the Week. The winner will be announced on Thursday right here on Voting will end Wednesday at midnight.    

The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Burger 25 in Toms River.

Scroll down to see the candidates and make your selection.    


Ocean County Sports Medicine Player of the Week nominees for Week 8 (listed in alphabetical order) 

Ryan Allen, Sr., QB, Pinelands

Allen completed 9 of 11 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats won 48-14 over Manchester.


Jake Buckman, Jr., TE/WR, Toms River East

Buckman caught two passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on receptions of 15 and 71 yards, to help the Raiders earn a 19-13 win over Jackson Liberty.


Matt Cassidy, Jr., RB/S, Marlboro

Cassidy ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries and made seven total tackles with one sack and four tackles for loss to lead the Mustangs to a 14-0 upset of No. 7 Colts Neck that put Marlboro into the state playoffs for the first time since 1999.


Jake Croce, Jr., RB, Point Boro

Croce ran for 134 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime as the No. 3 Panthers survived an upset bid to defeat No. 10 St. John Vianney, 19-13, and clinch the Independence Division championship.


Jack Dettlinger, Sr., WR, Manasquan

Dettlinger caught eight passes for 101 yards and three touchdowns in Manasquan's 34-24 victory over Monmouth Regional, the Warriors' fourth straight win.


Tyler Douglas, Sr., QB, Ocean

Douglas threw for 155 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 110 yards and the go-ahead 47-yard touchdown in the final minute to lead the Spartans to a 26-22 win over Red Bank that clinched the Freedom Division title.


Kieran Falzon, Sr., RB, Raritan

Falzon ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to help the Rockets defeat Holmdel, 37-21, to claim the Battle of the Border trophy and clinch a No.1 seed in the state playoffs.


Micah Ford, Jr., QB/DB, Toms River North

Ford ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, ran for three 2-point conversions, completed 5 of 7 passes for 115 yards, and made seven tackles on defense as the Mariners won 50-6 over Middletown North to clinch the Colonial Division title.


Colin Gallagher, Jr., LB, Middletown South

Gallagher posted 13 total tackles with 10 solo stops, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in the No. 5 Eagles' 17-6 win over No. 4 Donovan Catholic.


Anthony Gartz, Sr., RB, Wall

Gartz ran for 121 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, including the go-ahead 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, to give the Crimson Knights a 14-7 victory over Manalapan for their first win of the season.


AJ Grygiel, Sr., QB, Brick

Grygiel had two touchdown runs and also threw a touchdown pass to help lead the Dragons to a 28-20 victory over archrival Brick Memorial.


Nicholas Maertens, Jr., QB/LB, Lacey

Maertens completed 8 of 11 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 102 yards on 19 carries, and totaled six tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, and one pass breakup to steer the Lions to a 13-10 win over Southern.


Colin Palumbo, So., RB/LB, Matawan

Palumbo ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns and recovered a fumble on defense to lead the Huskies to a 27-12 win over Barnegat that clinched the Liberty Division title.


Sabino Portella, Sr., RB/DB, Red Bank Catholic

Portella ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and recorded five tackles on defense in RBC's 42-14 over Rumson that clinched the American Division title.


Earnest Reevey, Jr., QB, Long Branch

Reavy completed 14 of 17 passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 68 yards and a touchdown on four carries to power the Green Wave to a 49-7 win over Central.


Aidan Sweeney, Sr., RB, Jackson Memorial

Sweeney ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Jackson to a 35-14 victory over Freehold Township that helped the Jaguars claim a share of the Constitution Division championship.


Nazir Treadwell, Jr., RB, Keyport

Treadwell ran for 219 yards and five touchdowns on just seven carries to lead the Red Raiders to a 42-6 win over New Egypt.


Dajuan Weems, So., RB, Keansburg

Weems ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries as the Titans picked up their first win of the season with a 47-8 triumph over KIPP Academy.




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