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High school football is in full swing and so is the Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week poll. We are excited to have Beacon 70 as the sponsor of the 2021 poll. Winner’s of the poll will receive a $25 Beacon 70 gift card. 

There were some great individual performances in the air, on the ground, on defense and on special teams in Week 3 and now it’s time to get your vote in for who had the top performance in the Shore this weekend to choose the Beacon 70/Shore Sports Network Player of the Week. The winner will be announced on Thursday night right here on Voting will end Thursday at noon. 

Scroll down to see the candidates and make your selection. 

Beacon 70 Player of the Week nominees for Weeks 3 (listed in alphabetical order) 


Joey Abarno, Sr., LB, St. John Vianney 

Abarno recorded nine tackles, including three tackles for loss and one sack, and also forced two fumbles and recovered another as the Lancers walloped Toms River East, 43-0. 


Ryan Allen, Jr., QB, Pinelands 

Allen ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the way for the Wildcats in their 18-6 victory over Lakewood. 


Connor Cilento, Jr., RB/DB, Point Boro 

Cilento ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, caught a touchdown pass, and intercepted two passes on defense as the Panthers won 42-14 over Asbury Park to improve to 3-0. 


Kyree Drake, Sr., WR, Donovan Catholic 

Drake had four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown and also ran a jet sweep 90 yards for a touchdown in the Griffins’ 34-13 victory over Toms River North. 


Tommy Fallon, Sr., QB, Colts Neck 

Fallon ran for a career-high 218 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries (36.3 ypc) and also threw a touchdown pass to guide the Cougars to a 33-0 win over Matawan. 


Seth Freiwald, Jr., LB, Barnegat 

The Bengals shut out Jackson Liberty, 26-0, to improve to 3-0 and Freiwald led the way on defense with seven tackles, one tackle for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.  


Jaden Gallo, Sr. RB, Holmdel 

The Hornets lost to Manalapan, 31-20, but Gallo had a huge game with 120 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries and two receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.  


Chase Gumbrecht, Jr., RB, Central 

Gumbrecht’s tremendous season continued with a monster performance in the Golden Eagles’ 35-0 win over Freehold Township. The junior ran for a career and Shore Conference season-high 302 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries, and also caught a touchdown pass. Central is now 3-0 and has outscored its opponents 104-0. 


Brian Haddow, Sr., RB/DB, Middletown North 

Middletown North fell to Lacey, 29-26, but Haddow has an outstanding all-around game with 104 yards rushing and a touchdown on 25 carries, seven receptions for 97 yards, and eight tackles with one pass breakup on defense. 


Mike Heckel, Sr., QB, Manalapan 

Heckel completed 7 of 10 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns, tossing touchdown passes of 20, 60 and 77 yards (screen pass) to help the Braves to a 31-20 victory over Holmdel.  


Julian Jones, Jr., RB, Monmouth 

Jones ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and also caught a touchdown pass to lead the Falcons to a 34-7 win over Keansburg.  


Jamie Mazzacco, Sr., QB, Shore 

Mazzacco had another huge game with 262 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 35 carries plus seven tackles on defense to lead the Blue Devils to a 21-8 win over Manchester.  


Zach Mendes, Sr., RB/LB, Marlboro 

The Mustangs are now 2-0 for the first time in at least 23 years after a 32-13 win over Neptune and Mendes had another big game on both sides of the ball with 24 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns, two catches for 10 yards, and a team-high nine tackles with one tackle for loss on defense.  


Gavin Migliori, Sr., WR, Toms River South 

A banged-up Toms River South team delivered a gutsy 14-12 win over Brick Memorial and it was Migliori’s 60-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that stood up as the game-winner. He finished with three receptions for 95 yards and a TD.  


Pierce Olsen, Jr., QB, Red Bank 

Olsen completed 8 of 11 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns as the Bucs defeated John F. Kennedy, 14-6, to give head coach Shane Fallon his first win at RBR.  


Brett Patten, Jr., QB, Manasquan 

Patten completed 12 of 16 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown to lead Manasquan to a 38-7 win over Ocean. 


Sabino Portella, Jr., RB/SS, Red Bank Catholic 

Portella ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns (52, 11) on 12 carries and also made seven tackles on defense in the Caseys’ 49-7 win over Raritan.  


Dan Primiano, Sr., RB, Middletown South 

Primiano ran for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles defeated Jackson Memorial, 27-0, to give head coach Steve Antonucci his 200th career win. 


Christian Rodriguez, Sr., QB, Long Branch 

The Green Wave knocked off No. 8 Freehold, 29-14, and Rodriguez led the way by completing 13 of 17 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 86 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.  


DJ Thomson, Sr., WR/DB, Keyport 

Thomson’s fantastic season continued in the Red Raiders’ 45-26 win over Point Beach in which he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown, caught a 32-yard touchdown pass, intercepted a pass on defense and recorded four tackles with one tackle for loss. Keyport is 3-0 for the first time since 2009. 




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