Week 5 Shore Conference Football Divisional Players of the Week
In addition to the reader-selected Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week, we will also be selecting Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for each of the Shore Conference’s seven divisions. We’ll also choose an overall Shore Conference Special Teams Player of the Week to highlight any standout kicking performances or players who got it done in the return game.
Below we’ll focus on the best performances from Week 5.
SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jake Hurler, Sr., K, Freehold
Hurler connected for a 36-yard field goal in the Colonials’ 17-12 win over St. John Vianney. He now has a Shore-leading five field goals this season.
SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
AMERICAN DIVISION (Besides overall Player of the Week winner, Middletown South’s Vinny Condito)
Nico Santorelli, Jr., RB, Manalapan
Santorelli averaged nearly 23 yards per carry and totaled three touchdowns in Manalapan’s 42-14 win over Central. Santorelli ran for 137 yards and touchdowns of 64 and 55 yards on just six carries and also hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass.
Dylan Walling, Sr., LB, Middletown South
Walling made six tackles, recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup in the Eagles’ 14-13 win over Toms River North that clinched the American Division title.
Matt Krauss, Sr., QB, Freehold
Krauss ran for 272 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries and also threw for 73 yards as the Colonials rallied for a 17-12 victory over St. John Vianney.
Keegan Woods, Sr., LB, Rumson-Fair Haven
Woods made 12 tackles and recorded one sack as the Bulldogs shut out Brick, 13-0, to clinch the Colonial Division title.
Dylan Richey, Sr., QB, Wall
Richey had a career game in the Crimson Knights’ 49-21 win over Southern with 269 total yards and six touchdowns. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. He added three tackles on defense.
Christian Pellone, Jr., SS, Jackson Memorial
Pellone was all over the field in a 20-6 victory over Marlboro that clinched the Constitution Division title, making 17 total tackles – 11 of which were solo stops – while recording two tackles for loss and forcing two fumbles.
Steve Lubischer, Sr., QB, Red Bank Catholic
Lubischer completed 9 of 15 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 61 yards and a touchdown (49 yards) to lead the top-ranked Caseys to a 41-14 win over No. 4 Long Branch that clinched the Freedom Division championship.
Kashaun Turner, Sr., DL, Red Bank
Turner made six tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss, as Red Bank defeated Toms River East, 35-7, to improve to 4-1 and jump into the Shore Sports Network Top 10.
Canyon Birch, Sr., RB, Manasquan
Birch ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, including a 74-yard touchdown run on Manasquan’s second offensive play, to help the Warriors top Colts Neck, 41-6, and clinch the Liberty Division title. Birch also had 1.5 sacks and a tackle for loss on defense.
Jaylen Smith, Jr., DB, Raritan
Smith had a 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown and then combined with Justin Acevedo to stuff a 2-point conversion attempt with no time left as the Rockets earned a thrilling 21-20 victory over Point Boro to improve to 4-1 for the first time since 2009.
Malik Ingram, Jr., RB, Mater Dei Prep
Ingram averaged an unreal 30.8 yards per carry in the Seraphs’ 43-0 win over Barnegat to clinch the Patriot Division title. He broke an 84-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage and finished with 185 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just six carries.
Connor Harris, So., LB, Pinelands
Harris made five tackles with two tackles for loss, a sack, two quarterback pressures and a pass breakup as the Wildcats returned from their bye week to score a 20-14 win over Jackson Liberty.
Cameron LaMountain, Jr., RB, Holmdel
LaMountain ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries as the Hornets earned a huge 21-11 victory over Donovan Catholic that put them in the driver’s seat for the National Division title.
Alexander Peavy, Sr., LB, Asbury Park
Peavy led the Blue Bishops’ defense in a 30-14 win over Manchester with six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.