Every week this season, Shore Conference football fans will have their chance to vote for the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey/Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week on our website.

The Week 1 Player of the Week winner is Brick senior linebacker Rich Tallmadge, who led the way for a Dragons’ defense that was dominant in shutting down Brick Memorial’s triple-option offense and spearheading a 30-7 victory.

Tallmadge made 16 tackles and had one pass deflection, but his biggest play came early in the game when he returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown on Brick Memorial’s first play from scrimmage. The defensive touchdown gave Brick a 7-0 lead and set the tone for the Dragons’ sixth straight win in the all-time series. Brick held Brick Memorial to just 130 yards of offense.

Tallmadge was a Shore Sports Network Second Team All-Shore selection last season when he made 131 tackles with 11 hits for a loss, two fumble recoveries and one sack to help Brick reach the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals and finish as the No. 8 defense in the Shore allowing 15.3 points per game. He was also selected as the Class A South co-Defensive Player of the Year last season and was an SSN Preseason All-Shore pick heading into this season.

Photo by Richard O'Donnell

Brick is ranked No. 4 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 and travels to Holmdel on Friday to face St. John Vianney. The Lancers started the season No. 2 in the Shore but are 0-2 with a pair of lopsided losses so far this season. Brick lost in blowout fashion to SJV last season so the Dragons will be out to exact a measure of revenge.

Tallmadge secured 25.41 percent of the votes to win the poll over Rumson-Fair Haven running back Alex Maldjian and Barnegat fullback Brian Ewan.

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