Week 8 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 8 Overall Shore Conference Football Players of the Week
Frankie Williams, Jr., QB, Red Bank Catholic
Williams completed 20 of 30 passes for 317 yards and 3 TDs, ran for 100 yards on 15 carries, and led a game-tying 86-yard scoring drive with 1:42 left and zero timeouts when the No. 2 Caseys rallied for a 35-28 overtime victory over No. 3 Toms River North in an instant classic. Williams threw touchdown passes of 57 and 25 yards to senior wideout Emanuel Ross - the latter coming on the first play of overtime - and tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Jack Bohm-Squicciarini
Emanuel Ross, Sr., WR, Red Bank Catholic
Ross was incredible in No. 2 Red Bank Catholic's epic 35-28 overtime victory over No. 3 Toms River North with a career-high eight catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns, including a spectacular go-ahead 25-yard touchdown catch on the first play of overtime. He also had a 57-yard touchdown catch and a crucial 24-yard reception down to the 1-yard line with two seconds left that set up the game-tying touchdown and extra point. He also ran for 64 yards on three carries.
Nicco Maribo, Sr., LB, Brick Memorial
After sophomore linebacker Trey Tallmadge forced a fumble, Maribo scooped the bouncing ball off the muddy turf at DiFabio Field and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown with 48 seconds left to lift the Mustangs to an improbable 19-14 win over Brick to clinch the Independence Division championship and complete a 9-0 regular season.
Justin LaMorte, Sr., K, Red Bank Catholic
LaMorte went 3-for-3 on extra points and kicked a pair of field goals, including a Shore Conference season-long of 43 yards at the end of the first half, to help No. 2 Red Bank Catholic defeat No. 3 Toms River North, 35-28 in overtime, in an all-time classic between two of New Jersey's top teams.