Week 5 Ocean County Sports Medicine Football Players of the Week: SSN picks, Fan vote, Divisional Selections
The Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week feature is back for another week as we recognize the top performers on offense, defense, and special teams.
This year we will be expanding our Player of the Week offering beyond our usual voting system. The vote will still be present to determine the "fan selection" but now Shore Sports Network will select an overall Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Player of the Week for the entire conference, sponsored by Ocean County Sports Medicine. We will also select players of the week in those three categories for all seven divisions.
Below are our conference-wide Players of the Week picks along with links to the divisional players of the week and the fan vote. The poll will close at 12 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
Ocean County Sports Medicine Week 5 Overall Shore Conference Football Players of the Week
Matt Oliphant, Sr., QB, Point Boro
The Panthers racked up 519 yards of offense in a 42-28 win over Rumson-Fair Haven and Oliphant was spectacular by going 7-for-7 for 156 yards and three touchdowns passing and rushing for 145 yards and a touchdown. He ran for a 40-yard touchdown run and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Colin Obser, an 8-yard touchdown pass to Brayden Forfar, and a 61-yard touchdown pass to Brian Simoes.
Matt Cassidy, Sr., LB, Marlboro
Cassidy returned an interception for a touchdown, recorded a sack, forced a fumble, and made six total tackles in the Mustangs' 28-14 win over Freehold Township to improve to 5-0. He also led the offense with 208 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 28 carries.
Emanuel Ross, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
Ross's 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter ignited RBC's comeback from a 16-7 deficit to defeat Seton Hall Prep, 21-16, in a key nonconference game. He had a great all-around game with six catches for 107 yards plus an interception and six tackles on defense.