Each week, the NJ.com football staff will recognize some of the more outstanding individual performances in the state’s six football conferences. Below are the Mid-State 38 Week 8 Players of the Week on offense and defense.
Danny Ramos, Brearley, Jr., QB
Prior to the game Friday, Brearley paid tribute to the late Jerry “Big Jer” Ramos – an ardent supporter of the school’s football program – with a plaque that will hang in the press box. Once the game began, Danny Ramos honored his grandfather by tearing up the field he so loved to visit. The junior quarterback rushed 19 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns and he hit on 5 of 6 passes for 52 yards and a score to guide the Bears (8-1) to a 35-13 victory over New Providence and into the North 2, Group 1 playoffs. Ramos, who now has 950 rushing yards and 16 TDs this season, also recorded three tackles and an interception at DB.
Nate Caldwell, Cranford, Jr., SS
Coming off a loss to North Hunterdon, Cranford was going to need big performances in all areas Saturday in its effort to upend powerhouse Summit and secure a spot in the North, Group 4 playoffs. Caldwell did his part and a bit more defensively with eight tackles and two sacks to bolster that unit and help the Cougars to a 35-20 victory over the reigning North 2, Group 3 champion. Cranford earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming North 1, Group 4 playoffs. “He did everything we asked this week and has all year,” said Cranford coach Erik Rosenmeir. “We gave him multiple man coverages and run fit assignments and he was right every time.”
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