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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 7 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.  Voting will end Wednesday at noon and the winner will be announced on Wednesday afternoon right here on

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 7 (listed in alphabetical order)


Akhi Barksdale, Sr., RB, Brick Memorial

Barksdale had a touchdown run and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to lift the Mustangs to a 24-10 win over St. John Vianney for their fourth straight victory.


Mikal Braithwaite, Jr., QB/LB, Keansburg

Braithwaite ran for 96 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, threw a 2-point conversion pass and made 13 tackles on defense to help the Titans clip Point Beach, 20-14, in overtime.


Yahsin Calhoun, Jr., RB/WR/DB, Freehold

Calhoun was making plays everywhere in Freehold’s wild 38-35 comeback win over Southern with nine carries for 84 yards and a touchdown, five receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown, two 2-point conversions, 24 tackles and one interception.


Christian Donnelly, Sr., QB/DB, Holmdel

Donnelly ran 151 yards on 11 carries, completed 5 of 6 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown to lead the Hornets to a 20-13 win over Manasquan.


Kieran Falzon, So., RB, Raritan

Falzon ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries to help the Rockets rally from a two-touchdown deficit and defeat Lacey, 29-19, to improve to 6-1.


Jayon Farrar, Sr., WR/DB, Donovan Catholic

Farrar caught 10 passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns, ran for a 2-point conversion and intercepted a pass on defense when the Griffins beat Red Bank Catholic, 28-14, to remain undefeated and advance to the unofficial Shore Conference championship game.


Casey Larkin, Sr., RB/DB, Wall

Larkin ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and made seven tackles with one tackle for loss in the Crimson Knights’ ultra-impressive 42-0 wipeout win over Mater Dei to advance to the unofficial Shore Conference championship game.


Owen Laughlin, Sr., QB, Red Bank

Laughlin threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 130 yards on 22 carries to lead the Bucs to a 31-12 victory over Hackensack.


Na’Jier Massey, Sr., RB/LB, Asbury Park

Massey ran for 192 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and made six tackles on defense to help the Blue Bishops earn a 20-17 win over Matawan.


Anthony Matrone, Sr., WR/DB, Manalapan

Matrone ran for 76 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, caught two passes for 54 yards and a touchdown and returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown as the Braves trounced Marlboro, 49-6, to pick up their first win of the season.


Shane McLaughlin, Sr., RB, Shore

The Harvard-bound McLaughlin ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries as the Blue Devils walloped Jackson Liberty, 42-6.


Yassin Moore, Sr., QB/RB, Monmouth

Moore ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and added a pair of 2-point conversion runs as the Falcons edged Pinelands, 16-15.


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

Volker ran for 115 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries when the Bulldogs defeated Colts Neck, 28-14, to hand the Cougars their first loss of the season.




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