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

The Week 1 Player of the Week is Jackson Liberty senior running back and linebacker Gian LiBassi, who was a factor on both sides of the ball in the Lions’ season-opening 16-14 victory over Toms River East.

On defense, LiBassi made 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, while recording two sacks and three tackle for a loss. On the ground, the senior ran for 70 yards and a touchdown and also caught one pass for 15 yards. His 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter started the scoring for Liberty as the Lions won their season-opening game for the first time since 2012.

Unfortunately, Liberty won’t get to try to build off the victory for the time being as the school will have to shut its program down for two weeks due to exposure to COVID-19. The Lions’ Week 2 game with Point Boro has been canceled and school is attempting to reschedule the Week 3 game against Neptune.

LiBassi won a close vote with 13.74 percent of the votes to narrowly win over Toms River South quarterback Jack Huber. Central linebacker Vinnie Dallicardillo and Colts Neck running back Joe Barsky finished tied for third and Freehold Township’s Matt Cardone was fifth.


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