Shore Conference Week 2 Divisional Football Players of the Week
In addition to the reader-selected Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Football Player of the Week, we will also be selecting Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for each of the Shore Conference’s seven divisions. We’ll also choose Shore Conference Special Teams Players of the Week to highlight any standout kicking performances or players who got it done in the return game.
Below we’ll focus on the best performances from Week 2.
SSN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matt Scott, Sr., Barnegat
Scott set a program record for the longest punt return touchdown on Barnegat history when he returned a punt 82 yards for a score to help the Bengals to a 28-22 win over Shore Regional. Scott also had 24 yards rushing on two carries and made six tackles on defense.
Matt Spencer, Sr., Middletown North
Spencer returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown in the Lions’ 14-10 victory over Marlboro.
Mason Schenk, So., St. John Vianney
Schenk kicked a 37-yard field goal in the Lancers’ 45-21 victory over Brick.
David Hicks IV, Sr., Red Bank
Hicks returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown in Red Bank’s 21-7 win over Manasquan.
SSN DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jake Kazanowsky, Jr., QB, Toms River North
Kazanowsky was both efficient and explosive for the Mariners in a wild 42-40 victory over Manalapan by completing 8 of 11 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns. He threw scoring passes of 40, 33, 68 and 65 yards and also ran for 33 yards.
Ryan Ruane, Jr., FS, Rumson-Fair Haven
Ruane returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown - his second pick-six of the season, during the Bulldogs' 49-20 victory over Long Branch.
Kavon Chambers, Sr., RB, St. John Vianney
Chambers ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as the Lancers earned a 45-21 victory over Brick.
Jayden Bellamy, So., WR/DB, St. John Vianney
Bellamy made five solo tackles and intercepted two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown, in the Lancers’ 45-21 victory over Brick. Bellamy also caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Offense (Besides Overall Player of the Week, Southern’s Jaiden Brown)
Anthony Albanese, Sr., QB, Brick Memorial
Albanese completed 18 of 28 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 88 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the Mustangs’ thrilling 29-22 win over Freehold Township. His touchdown pass to Mekhi Irving with under a minute left in regulation proved to be the winning touchdowns.
Eddie Farrell, Sr., LB, Middletown North
Farrell made 16 tackles, 10 of which were solo stops, with three tackles for loss to help the Lions to a 14-10 win over Marlboro.
Jalin Butler, So., QB, Neptune
Butler did a little bit of everything for the Scarlet Fliers in a 50-20 win over Neptune by completing 5 of 8 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown, throwing a 2-point conversion pass, rushing for a two-point conversion and making eight tackles on defense.
Yusuf Ahmed, Jr., LB/RB, Toms River East
In a 28-0 win over Jackson Liberty, Ahmed made nine tackles with two tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He also made a touchdown-saving tackle to help preserve the shutout. Ahmed added 53 yards rushing on six carries.
Noah Brunatti, So., QB, Lacey
Brunatti completed 10 of 15 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions beat rival Central Regional, 34-21, to improve to 3-0.
Nico Ippolito, So., NG, Donovan Catholic
Ippolito made 10 tackles and recovered a fumble as the Griffins recorded their third straight shutout to start the season in a 31-0 victory over Holmdel.
Trebor Pena, Sr., RB, Ocean
Pena needed just nine carries to rush for 163 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Spartans to a 41-6 victory over Monmouth Regional. He scored on runs of 23, 3 and 52 yards.
Shane McLaughlin, Jr., RB, Shore Regional
McLaughlin had a tremendous performance in a loss to Barnegat by rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, rushing for a 2-point conversion and catching six passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Jaylen Smith, Sr., CB/WR, Raritan
Smith made six tackles, intercepted a pass and locked down Point Boro’s No. 1 receiver in a 35-14 win for the Rockets. He also had two receptions for 75 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown catch.
Mikal Braithwaite, So., QB, Keansburg
Braithwaite ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 50 yards and a touchdown to lead the Titans to a 34-21 win over rival Keyport that brought the Bayshore Bell back to Keansburg.
Matt Van Brunt, Jr., DB, Point Beach
Van Brunt made six tackles and intercepted a pass and also had a 24-yard touchdown reception during the Garnet Gulls’ 10-0 shutout of Pinelands that improved their record to 3-0.