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Every week this fall, Shore Sports Network will be selecting its own Shore Conference football players of the week on offense, defense, and special teams in addition to selecting those award-winners for each of the Shore's seven divisions. Our poll also returns to allow the fans to make their choice as to who they feel should be the conference's offensive and defensive players of the week.

Read through each player's accomplishments for the week and cast your votes. The polls will close at 10 p.m. on Tuesday of each week and the winner will be announced on Wednesday. Given the three-day holiday weekend, this week's poll will run until Thursday at 12 p.m. with the winner to be announced later that afternoon. 

 

Week 1 Fans' Choice SSN Football Player of the Week nominees

OFFENSE

Christian Booker, Sr., QB, Brick

Booker ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in the Dragons' 12-7 win over Jackson Liberty.

 

Jack Cannon, So., QB, Holmdel

Cannon completed 7 of 9 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown and ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries to pilot the Hornets to over 400 yards of offense in a 42-6 win over Toms River South.

 

Nick Cardone, Jr., QB, Freehold Township

Cardone completed 15 of 30 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 85 yards on eight carries to lead a Patriots offense that amassed 500 yards of offense in a 28-13 victory over No. 12 Red Bank Regional.

 

Micah Ford, Sr., QB, Toms River North

Ford completed 5 of 8 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 91 yards and a touchdown - all in the first half - during the No. 1 Mariners' 42-0 win over Toms River East.

 

Colin Gallagher, Sr., RB, Middletown South

Gallagher had an outstanding game on both sides of the ball, including at running back where he rushed for a career-high 241 yards and scored three touchdowns on 19 carries to lead the No. 5 Eagles to a 19-0 win over Raritan. On defense, he had 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.

 

Jonah Glenn, So., RB, Jackson Memorial

Glenn shined in the No. 7 Jaguras' 20-13 overtime victory over No. 9 Manalapan with 156 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 carries.

 

Eddie Green, Sr., RB, Neptune

Green erupted for 176 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 19 carries to power the Scarlet Fliers to a 28-6 win over Lakewood.

 

Ty Kline, Jr., QB, Pinelands

Kline completed 7 of 7 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' season-opening 41-13 win over Point Beach.

 

Todd Lambertson, Sr., QB, Donovan Catholic

Lambertson tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another in the No. 4 Griffins' 41-13 win over No. 8 Long Branch.

 

Josh Love, Sr., RB, Manchester

Love totaled 216 yards from scrimmage in the Hawks' 36-24 win over Barnegat, rushing for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries and catching two passes for 81 yards. He also made five tackles on defense.

 

Dom O'Grady, Sr., QB, Monmouth

O'Grady went 8-for-9 for 175 yards passing and ran for 36 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons moved to 2-0 with a 29-0 win over Keansburg.

 

Matt Oliphant, Sr., QB, Point Boro

Oliphant ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 54 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 6 Point Boro pull away in the fourth quarter for a 35-7 win over Manasquan.

 

Caden Oravets, Sr., QB, Southern

Oravets completed 5 of 6 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-0 win over Central.

 

Emanuel Ross, Sr., WR, Red Bank Catholic

Ross ran for a 65-yard touchdown and caught a touchdown pass in the No. 2 Caseys' 34-7 win over No. 11 Colts Neck.

 

Spencer Rushton, Sr., QB, Freehold

Rushton ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and threw for 176 yards in the Colonials' 35-28 win over Keyport in their season-opener.

 

James Sobieski, Jr., WR, Ocean

Sobiestki caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, threw a touchdown pass, and ran for 54 yards in Ocean's 28-14 season-opening win over Lacey.

 

Brandon Wright, Sr., RB, Howell

Wright ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and also caught a touchdown pass in a 21-20 loss to No. 15 Wall.

 

 

 

DEFENSE

Devonte Bonds, Sr., LB, Pinelands

Bonds made 17 tackles (10 solo) with one sack and two tackles for loss in the Wildcats' season-opening 41-13 win over Point Beach.

 

Jamie Gutridge, Jr., LB, Red Bank Catholic

Gutridge made nine tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss in the No. 2 Caseys' 34-7 victory over No. 11 Colts Neck. He also got into the end zone on a 9-yard touchdown run, finishing with 46 yards on nine carries.

 

Mekai Henderson, So., KR, Keyport

Henderson returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown during the Red Raiders' 35-28 loss to Freehold. He also made eight tackles with one sack, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery on defense.

 

Luke Houston, Jr., DB, Marlboro

Houston had a key interception that set up a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass to help send the No. 10 Mustangs to a season-opening 16-7 win over St., John Vianney.

 

Austin Kiernan, Jr., LB, Rumson-Fair Haven

Kiernan started the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown in No, 3 Rumson's 34-6 win over Matawan.

 

Daaron Lynch, Fr., DB, Neptune

Lynch returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown in his first high school game to seal the Scarlet Fliers' 28-6 win over Lakewood to open their season.

 

Noah Mammeri, Sr., LB, Manasquan

Manasquan's 35-7 loss to No. 6 Point Boro is deceptive as it was a close game until the Panthers pulled away with 21 points in the fourth quarter. Mammeri had a standout game with 15 total tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, and a forced fumble.

 

Dante Mortellite, Jr., LB, Manchester

Mortellite recorded a team-high 15 tackles (9 solo) with one tackle for loss to help the Hawks score a 36-24 win over Barnegat.

 

Anthony Rodriguez, Sr., LB, Toms River North

Rodriguez tied for the team lead with 10 tackles and posted three tackles for loss in the No. 1 Mariners' 42-0 win over Toms River East.

 

Armando Sanchez, Sr., DL, Southern

Sanchez made an impact on both sides of the ball in the Rams' 21-0 victory over Central with eight total tackles one sack, and four tackles for loss to spearhead the shutout. He also caught a 65-yard touchdown pass.

 

John Sherrod, Sr., LB, Colts Neck

Sherrod had a strong game in the No. 11 Cougars' 34-7 loss to No. 2 Red Bank Catholic with eight tackles, one tackle for loss, and a forced fumble.

 

Trey Tallmadge, So., LB, Brick Memorial

Tallmadge recorded 11 total tackles (6 solo) with one sack, one tackle for loss, and one forced fumble as the Mustangs' defense buckled down in the second half during No. 13 Brick Memorial's 21-17 comeback victory over No. 14 Middletown North.

 

Cole Toddings, Jr., LB, Barnegat

Toddings made 18 tackles with one sack, three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble in Barnegat's 36-24 loss to Manchester.

 

 

 

 

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