Week 9 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 9.
SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jack Dematteo, Sr., K, Manalapan
Dematteo kicked field goals of 31 and 28 yards to help the Braves defeat Hunterdon Central, 14-7, in the Central Jersey Group 5 quarterfinals.
Trebor Pena, Jr., Ocean
Pena had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during Ocean’s 28-7 loss to Rumson in the Central Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals.
SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Trevor Brey, Sr., QB, Middletown South
Brey ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and threw for 135 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eagles to a 35-14 win over Northern Burlington in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 playoffs.
Matt Benedetti, Jr., LB, Manalapan
Benedetti had 13 tackles, including nine solo stops and a sack, to lead the Braves’ defense in a 14-7 win over Hunterdon Central in the Central Jersey Group 5 quarterfinals.
Jeff Lavarin, Sr., RB, Brick Memorial
Lavarin’s 64-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-two late in the third quarter tied the score and enabled Brick Memorial to take the lead no the extra point in a 21-13 win over Freehold in the Central Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals. Lavarin finished with 90 yards rushing on nine carries.
Joe Carchio, Sr., LB, Brick
Carchio had a huge game in Brick’s 17-3 win over Jackson Memorial in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 playoffs with 16 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and four tackles for loss to lead a ferocious defensive effort. Carchio also ran for two touchdowns and caught a 2-point conversion pass to send the Dragons back to the semifinals.
CONSTITUTION DIVISION (Besides overall Player of the Week, Wall’s Logan Peters)
Dante Morris, Sr., RB/LB, Lakewood
Morris was tremendous to lead Lakewood to its first win of the season, a 34-28 victory over Bridgeton, in an NJSIAA regional crossover game. After Lakewood’s quarterback was injured on the first drive of the game, Morris put the team on his back by carrying the ball on every single Piners play the rest of the game, finishing with what is believed to be a school-record 371 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 43 carries. He also had nine tackles and two sacks on defense in one of the Shore’s best two-way performances of the entire season.
Colby Saxton, Jr., DL, Southern
Saxton had five tackles and two sacks and combined to record a safety in Southern’s 8-0 win over Atlantic City in a regional crossover game.
Nigel Mitchel, Sr., WR/RB, Red Bank and Makai Mickens, Sr., RB, Red Bank
Mitchel and Mickens combined for 263 yard of offense and all four touchdowns in Red Bank’s 30-13 win over Allentown in the Central Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals. Mickens ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard score, while Mickens ran for 114 yards and a touchdown, including a 46-yard touchdown run on Red Bank’s first offensive play, and also caught a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Luke Arnold, Sr., LB, Long Branch
Arnold made 12 total tackles with three tackles for loss and a sack plus an interception as the Green Wave shut out Middletown North, 42-0, in the Central Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals for their fifth shutout of the season.
Canyon Birch, Sr., RB, Manasquan
Birch ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns to lead a 300-yard rushing effort by Manasquan in a 40-21 win over Delaware Valley in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 2 playoffs.
Tristan McMerty, Sr., LB, Colts Neck
McMerty had five tackles for loss among his six total tackles in Colts Neck’s emphatic 50-0 win over Princeton in a regional crossover game.
Noah Colleton, Sr., RB, Matawan
Colleton exploded for 238 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just 10 carries as the Huskies defeated Robbinsville, 35-27, in a regional crossover game to avoid a winless season.
Evan Burton, Sr., LB/RB, Pinelands
Although it came in a 14-7 loss to Lacey, Burton had a big game to close his career with 10 tackles plus 123 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Holmdel’s offensive line
The Hornets’ line of seniors Sean McCann, Jack Tedeschi, Chris Muldoon, Mike Iulo and Austin Fischer along with senior tight end Dan Tempone and junior tight end Bob Eknoian paved the way for Holmdel to rush for 465 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-0 wipeout of Nottingham in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 3 playoffs.
Quadir Lawson, Sr., RB/LB, Asbury Park
Lawson had a big game on both sides of the ball when the sixth-seeded Blue Bishops went on the road and shut out Woodbury, 27-0, in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 1 playoffs. Lawson ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and also made five tackles with one sack and a forced fumble to send Asbury into the semifinals.