Township produces four 12th Man TD Club winners in first two weeks

Steinert’s Jake Swindasz was 1 of 4 Hamilton Football Players12th Man TD Club selection for Players of the Week.  Photo by Amanda Ruch Photography.

By Rich Fisher

Sep. 12: The 12th Man TD Club has begun its selection for Players of the Week, giving out its honors for Week Zero and Week One of the high school football season.

Four Hamilton Township players were honored in the first two weeks representing all three high schools. The township winners are as follows, with comments from their head coach.

Week Zero

Offensive Lineman of the Week
Nick Kloutis, Steinert (Sr., OL)

“Nick had a very good game for us and set the pace for our running game which had over 200 yards (in a loss to Middle Township)” – Steinert head coach Dan Caruso

Defensive Lineman of the Week
Kier Jenkins, Nottingham (Sr., MLB)

“He was all over the field against Allentown — our offense gave up 21 points and special teams seven in that loss. He had 16 tackles, five solos and 11 assisted” – Nottingham head coach Jon “Big Dawg Adams” Adams.

Week One
Defensive Back of the Week
Jake Swindasz, Steinert (Sr., LB)

“Jake was all over the place for us in our game. He had 13 total tackles including three tackles for loss and had an interception in the game as well. He is the heart and soul of our football team” – Dan Caruso

Special Teams Player of the Week
Domonic Cooper, Hamilton West (Jr. K)

A 33-yard game winning field goal as time expired. Four-for-four on extra points in 31-28 win over Lawrence. “I’ve been praying for a kicker for this year and my prayers were answered with this kid” – Hamilton head coach Tom Hoglen.

The other winner from Week Zero was Allentown defensive back X’Zavier Harris. Other Week One winners are Lawrence running back Davon Hemingway, Hun offensive lineman C.J. Williams and Ewing defensive lineman Obiefuna Ezeigbo.

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.