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 2 Player of the Week is Southern Regional sophomore running back Jaiden Brown, who ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and also intercepted two passes on defense to lead the Rams to a 28-14 victory over Howell.

Brown got the scoring started in the first quarter when he broke free on a 59-yard touchdown run. Southern extended its lead to 14-0 in the opening period when sophomore Nate Committee took a screen pass from Cole Robinson 64 yards for a touchdown. After a Howell touchdown cut the Rams’ lead in half, Brown ripped off another big run, this time a 65-yard jaunt to set up a 4-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to senior tight end JT Cornelius that gave Southern a 21-7 halftime lead. Howell once again pulled to within seven points with a touchdown in the third quarter, but Brown put the game away for the Rams with a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Brown was the starting running back at Jackson Liberty as a freshman and ran for 929 yards. His family moved to the Southern Regional district prior to this season and he has been a major difference-maker for a Rams team that is 2-1 entering a pivotal Week 3 Constitution Division showdown with Brick Memorial. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound sophomore has rushed for 448 yards and five touchdowns on an average of 9.1 yards per carry, going over 100 yards in all three games.

Brown won a very close Player of the Week vote with 13.72 percent of the votes to finish just ahead of Toms River East’s Yusuf Ahmed, Brick Memorial’s Anthony Albanese and Lacey’s Noah Brunatti.

 

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