Ryan Allen Pinelands Football Player of the Week

Every week this season, Shore Conference football fans will have the chance to vote for the Ocean County Sports Medicine Shore Conference Football Player of the week on our website. The winner of the survey will receive a $25 gift card each week for Burger 25 at Tom’s River.

The Week 8 Player of the Week winner is Pinelands senior quarterback Ryan Allen as Wildcats fans voted one of their most notable seniors for the top spot for Week 2 consecutive. Allen completed 9 of 11 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Pinelands to a 48-14 win over Manchester for their fourth consecutive victory.

Allen threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Mike Frawley, a 39-yard touchdown pass to Steve Borden and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Rucci Jr to send Pinelands to a five-touchdown win over the Hawks. During the season, Allen threw for 811 yards and eight touchdowns with just two interceptions and rushed for 315 yards and a touchdown averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

Pinelands won their first game of the season under freshman head coach John Tierney, 19-14 against Point Beach, but then suffered three straight losses by a total of 10 points. After a 28-27 overtime loss to Matawan, the Wildcats regrouped and put together a four-game winning streak with wins over Lakewood (35-6), Jackson Liberty (12-7), Monmouth (12 -7) and Manchester. (48-14) to improve their season record to 5-3. It’s the first time Pinelands have won five games in a season since 2010.

Pinelands has just six all-time winning seasons with its last coming in 2004. Although the ‘Cats did not qualify for the NJSIAA State Playoffs, they play in the new regional invitational tournaments and can potentially play three more games. Pinelands will begin their playoffs in RIT South Group 3 on Thursday night when they host Triton Regional in a first round match.

Allen won a relatively close poll with 28.31% of the vote. Marlboro’s Matt Cassidy was second and Toms River East’s Jake Bruckman was third.


Week 7 – Mike Hall, Pinelands

Week 6 – Micah Ford, Toms River North

Week 5 – Joe Beley, Point Beach

Week 4 – Jake Czwakiel, Middletown South

Week 3 – Kyle Verriest, St. John Vianney

Week 2 – Ty Kazanowsky, Toms River North

Week 1 – Matt Cassidy, Marlboro

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