Marlboro’s Matt Cassidy is the Week 1 Shore Conference Football Player of the Week
Every week this season, Shore Conference football fans will have their chance to vote for the Ocean County Sports Medicine Shore Conference Football Player of the Week on our website. The winner of the poll each week will receive a $25 gift card to Burger 25 in Toms River.
The winner of the Week 1 Player of the Week award is Marlboro junior running back/strong safety Matt Cassidy, who had a big game on both sides of the ball to lead the Mustangs to a 34-7 win over Brick. Cassidy ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and also recorded 16 tackles with one tackle for loss as Marlboro began the season with a victory.
Cassidy was an SSN Third Team All-Shore selection last season as a defensive back when he made a team-high 111 tackles with 14 tackles for loss and three interceptions. On the offensive side of the ball, Cassidy played wide receiver and caught 12 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. With last season's starting running back, Zach Mendes, having graduated, the Mustangs moved Cassidy to running back and it didn't take long for him to make a major impact on the ground.
Last season, Marlboro went 7-3 for its first winning season since 1999. With standout players like Cassidy, senior quarterback/free safety AJ Schwartz, senior wide receiver/outside linebacker Ryan Mendes, and senior left tackle Corey Shanin among the team's 13 returning starters, the Mustangs have their sights set on competing for a division title and getting back to the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years.
After defeating Brick in Week 1, Marlboro will open its division schedule against district rival Freehold Township on Saturday afternoon.
Cassidy secured 44.74 percent of the votes to win the Week 1 poll over a stellar group of 18 other nominees. Raritan's Dan Calicari finished second in the voting and Pinelands' Ryan Allen was third.