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High school football has returned, and so has the Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week award. We are excited to have Surf Taco as the sponsor of the 2020 poll with the winner each week to receive a $25 Surf Taco gift card.

There were some great individual performances in the air, on the ground, on defense and on special teams in Week 2 and now it’s time to get your vote in for who had the top performance in the Shore this weekend to choose the Surf Taco/Shore Sports Network Player of the Week. The winner will be announced on Wednesday right here on Voting will end Tuesday at midnight.

Scroll down to see the candidates and make your selection. If you'd like to vote more than once, just wait one hour and come back.

Surf Taco Player of the Week nominees for Week 2 (listed in alphabetical order)


Joe Barsky, Sr., RB, Colts Neck

Colts Neck rallied from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit to beat Freehold, 36-35, and Barsky played a huge role by rushing for a career-high 202 yards and three touchdowns, plus the go-ahead 2-point conversion, on a whopping 39 carries.


Tyron Blackwell, Sr., LB, Jackson Memorial

Blackwell made eight tackles with one sack, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery during Jackson’s dominant 26-0 win over Manasquan where the Jaguars held the Warriors to minus-2 yards of total offense.


Mikail Braithwaite, Jr., QB, Keansburg

Braithwaite completed 9 of 14 passes for 145 yards and four touchdowns as the Titans beat Abraham Clark (Roselle), 37-0, to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2012.


Jaiden Brown, Jr., RB/LB, Southern

Brown had another huge game in Southern’s 28-13 win over Brick Memorial, rushing for a career-high 222 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 29 carries and also intercepting a pass on defense.


Mikai Brown-Jones, Sr., WR/DB, Asbury Park

Brown-Jones caught three passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown as the Blue Bishops beat Point Beach, 40-6, to give head coach Nick Famularo his first career win.


Alex Dekis, Jr., OLB, Raritan

Dekis led the defensive charge for Raritan with 10 tackles and two tackles for loss as the Rockets defense did not allow an offensive touchdown during a 21-14 win over St. John Vianney, their first over the Lancers since 2013.


Jaden Gallo, Jr., RB, Holmdel

Gallo had a monster day with a career-high 252 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the Hornets to a 33-14 win over Ocean.


Jack Huber, Sr., QB, Toms River South

Huber ran for 115 yards and touchdowns of 81 and 21 yards on just four carries and also threw for 157 yards and a touchdown lead the Indians to a 42-6 rout of Lakewood.


Casey Larkin, Sr., RB, Wall

Larkin ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries and caught two passes for 90 yards and a touchdown as the top-ranked Crimson Knights routed Neptune, 44-0.


Owen Laughlin, Sr., QB, Red Bank

Laughlin ran for 160 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and completed 5 of 8 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the Bucs’ blowout victory over JFK.


Jahdir Loftland, Sr., RB, Donovan Catholic

Loftland ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries in the Griffins’ 47-7 win over Toms River East.


Hunter Lino, Sr., RB/LB, Howell

Lino scored both touchdowns in Howell’s 13-7 win over Manalapan that gave Frank Edgerly his first win as Rebels head coach and served as the program’s first win over Manalapan since 2009. Lino caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, returned an interception for a touchdown, ran for 56 yards on seven carries and recorded five tackles with one sack.


Tom Schork, Jr., QB/DB, Middletown South

Schork ran for 56 yards and two touchdowns, returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and threw for 52 yards as the Eagles rebounded from a loss to knock off No. 3 Red Bank Catholic, 32-25.


Nick Sura, Sr., RB/S, Central

Sura ran for a career-high 220 yards and three touchdowns and on defense recorded nine tackles with three pass breakups to power the Golden Eagles to a 20-7 win over Manchester.


Andrew Vernieri, Sr., CB/WR

Vernieri was a one-man no-fly zone in Barnegat’s secondary, doubling his career total by pulling down three interceptions in the Bengals’ 20-13 victory over Shore. He also scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.


John Volker, Sr., RB, Rumson-Fair Haven

Volker ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries as the Bulldogs bulldozed Long Branch, 28-0, in a matchup of top-10 teams in the Shore.


Keontae Wiggins, Sr., RB, Monmouth

Wiggins ran for a career-high 219 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries as the Falcons beat Keyport, 36-13, to snap a 10-game losing streak and give second-year head coach Dan Wendel his first career win.




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