VOTE for the Week 2 Orthopaedic Institute Shore Conference Football Player of the Week
There were some great individual performances in the air, on the ground, on defense and on special teams in Week 2. Now it’s time to get your vote in for who had the top performance in the Shore this weekend to choose the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey/Shore Sports Network Player of the Week. The winner will be announced on Wednesday right here on ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Voting will end Tuesday at midnight.
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Player of the Week nominees for Week 2 (listed in alphabetical order)
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.
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.
Troy Alvarez, Jr., QB/S, Keyport
Although it came in a 34-21 loss to Keansburg, Alvarez set a program single-game record with 19 completions which he turned into 249 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown and made 11 tackles on defense.
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.
Jaiden Brown, So., RB/LB, Southern
Brown had another big game for the Rams with 205 yards rushing and two touchdowns plus two interceptions on defense to lead the way in a 28-14 win over Howell.
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.
Jalin Butler, So., QB/DB, 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.
Jack Chamberlain, Sr., QB, Red Bank
Chamberlain threw for 124 yards and a touchdown and ran for 83 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bucs’ offense in a 21-7 win over Manasquan that improved their record to 3-0.
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.
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.
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.
Sean Kehley, Sr., QB, Manalapan
Kehley nearly led Manalapan to a comeback win over Toms River North before the Braves fell, 42-40, by completing 16 of 25 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns.
Casey Larkin, Jr., DB, Wall
Larkin returned an interception for a touchdown and made seven tackles as the Crimson Knights scored four times in the fourth quarter to post a 24-0 shutout of Jackson Memorial.
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.
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.
Matt Scott, Sr., WR/DB, 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.
Jaylen Smith, Sr., WR/CB, Raritan
Smith had two receptions for 75 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown catch, and on defense made six tackles, intercepted a pass and locked down Point Boro’s No. 1 receiver, in a 35-14 win for the Rockets.
Romeo Thomas, Sr., RB, Colts Neck
Thomas ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries as part of a 405-yard rushing effort from the Cougars in a 33-23 victory over Matawan.
John Volker, Jr., RB, Rumson-Fair Haven
Volker ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs bounced back from a loss with an emphatic 49-20 victory over Long Branch.