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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 4 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.

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Surf Taco Player of the Week nominees for Week 4 (listed in alphabetical order)


Yusuf Ahmed, Sr., RB/LB, Toms River East

The Raiders picked up their first win of the season with a 28-0 shutout of Brick Memorial and Ahmed was at the forefront with 10 tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery. He also had a 7-yard touchdown run.


Joe Barsky, Sr., RB, Colts Neck

This is the fourth straight nomination for Barsky, who has been the most productive running back in the Shore this season. In a 42-7 win over Freehold Township that moved the Cougars to 4-0 on the season, Barsky ran 158 yards and a career-high five touchdowns on 18 carries to give him 672 yards rushing and a conference-best 14 touchdowns.


Alex Brown, Jr., QB, Mater Dei Prep

Brown thew for 135 yards and four touchdowns with one interception on 8 of 11 passing in the Seraphs’ 34-20 victory over Long Branch.


Zack Connallon, Sr., WR/OLB, Keyport

Connallon had touchdown receptions of 18 and 19 yards and on defense recorded eight tackles with two sacks and two tackles for loss to help the Red Raiders take down rival Keansburg, 20-14, and earn their first win of the season.


Jake Croce, Fr., FB/LB, Point Boro

Croce played a huge role in Point Boro’s 41-20 victory over Monmouth to get into the win column, rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, including a 92-yard touchdown run on the Panthers’ first offensive play. He also had a sack and a forced fumble that was recovered for a touchdown.


Josh East, Sr., WR, St. John Vianney

East hauled in four passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, turning a short pass into an 83-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, as the Lancers knocked off No. 9 Holmdel, 24-7.


Kieran Falzon, So., RB, Raritan

Falzon ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries as the Rockets moved to 3-1 with a 31-7 victory over Matawan.


Nathan Jeannotte, Sr., RB, Pinelands

The Wildcats went back to their run-heavy double-wing offense to pick up their first win of the season, 38-22 over Lakewood, and Jeannotte flourished by running for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He also completed one pass for 24 yards.


Jake Kazanowsky, Sr., QB, Toms River North

Toms River North’s offense finally showcased the explosiveness that was expected this season and it all had to do with the performance of the reigning SSN Offensive Player of the Year. In the Mariners’ 42-40 win over No. 7 Jackson Memorial, Kazanowsky had the best game of his career by completing 16 of 22 passes for 266 yards and a career-high five touchdowns and rushing for a career-high 156 yards with an 87-yard touchdown on eight carries.


Jahdir Loftland, Sr., RB, Donovan Catholic

Loftland was at it again during Donovan’s 33-0 win over Brick with a career-high 230 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 28 carries. He now has 674 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.


Savon Myers, Jr., QB, Manchester

In the Hawk’ 27-16 win over Barnegat that put them at 3-1 for the first time since 2003, Myers completed 11 of 17 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two touchdowns.


Brett Patten, So. QB, Manasquan

Patten completed 14 of 17 passes for 155 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown to lead Manasquan to a 35-14 win over Neptune.


Sabino Portella, So., RB, Red Bank Catholic

Portella ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries, scoring on runs of 8, 1 and 48 yards, as the Caseys topped Middletown North, 35-20, to improve to 3-1.


Sha’Kim Shuler, Sr., QB, Freehold

Shuler had another huge game when he ran for 202 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and completed 6 of 10 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Colonials to a 33-13 win over Howell.


Will Towns, Sr., RB, Jackson Memorial

A player from a losing team rarely gets a nomination but it was impossible to ignore Towns’ monster performance in the Jaguars’ 42-40 loss to Toms River North. The Wake Forest commit ran for a career-high 300 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries and also returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown to account for all six of Jackson’s touchdowns.


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

It was another huge game for the Princeton-bound tailback as he rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries in a 42-6 thrashing of Middletown South. Volker scored on runs of 44, 5, 20 and 19 yards.



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