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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. Winners 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 8, 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 Week 8 (listed in alphabetical order)


Ryan Allen, Jr., QB, Pinelands

Allen completed 4 of 10 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 123 yards on 17 carries to help lead the Wildcats to a thrilling 34-33 victory over Manchester.


JoJo Bivins, Jr., RB, Barnegat

Bivins ran into the Barnegat record book during the Bengals' 48-20 win over Lakewood with 223 yards rushing and a program single-game record six touchdowns on 24 carries. In the process, he also set a new single-season program rushing record with 1,172 yards and a single-season touchdown record with 19.


Mikal Braithwaite, Sr., QB, Keansburg

Braithwaite threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns to power the Titans to a 42-0 win over Point Beach.


Alex Brown, Sr., QB, Red Bank Catholic

Brown threw for 83 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 98 yards and a touchdown on six carries in No. 1 RBC's 47-7 win over No. 5 Manalapan.


D'Maari Brown, Sr., WR, Manchester

Brown caught seven passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns (15 and 51 yards) and also returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown in Manchester's 34-33 defeat vs. Pinelands.


Jalin Butler, Sr., QB, Donovan Catholic

Butler ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and threw for 104 yards and two touchdowns in No 3 Donovan's 42-7 win over No. 8 Southern.


JJ Cavanagh, Sr., DL, Manasquan

Cavanagh had five tackles for loss and totaled a team-leading 12 tackles as No. 10 Manasquan held No. 9 Point Boro and its No. 1 scoring offense in check during a 35-30 victory.


Connor Dietz, So., QB, Brick Memorial

Brick Memorial snapped a five-game losing streak with a 31-0 victory over Matawan and Dietz led the way by rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and completing 7 of 9 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.


Gaetano Dimiele, Sr., RB, Lacey

Dimiele ran for 133 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries as the Lions defeated rival Central Regional, 17-7, for a big late-season victory heading into the playoffs.


Matt Dollive, Sr., RB, Wall

Dollive ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries as No. 6 Wall blew open a tie game at halftime for a 42-14 win over Middletown North.


Tyler Douglas, Jr., QB/DB, Ocean

The Spartans picked up their first win of the season with a 28-0 win over rival Neptune and Douglas led the way with 122 yards passing and two touchdowns, 10 carries for 75 yards, an interceptions return for a touchdown and nine tackles


Kieran Falzon, Jr., RB, Raritan

Falzon had a humongous performance in the Rockets' 40-28 win over Asbury Park with 234 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 25 carries. He had touchdown runs of 4, 2, 1, 6, and 44 yards and also had a 76 yards run that set up a touchdown. He broke the program's single-game record for rushing touchdowns previously held Joe D'Iorio, Michael Fabozzi, and Derek Ernst and tied the overall total touchdowns mark of five held by Fabozzi.


Micah Ford, So., QB, Toms River North

Ford ran for 207 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 24 carries, completed 10 of 13 passes for 111 yards and on defense had five tackles with a pass breakup to lead the Mariners to a 25-22 win over St. John Vianney.


Omar Francis, Sr., DL, Freehold Township

The Patriots rallied for a 16-7 win over Toms River East thanks to a strong defensive performance and Francis led the way with three tackles for loss among his 10 total tackles, eight of which were solo stops.


Kamore Gill, Sr., WR, Freehold

Gill switched from quarterback to wide receiver and had a big game to help the Colonials knock off Holmdel, 34-21. Gill caught 11 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown, ran for 68 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, completed 2 of 2 passes for 38 yards, and also made 12 tackles on defense.


Stephen Jardim, Sr., QB, Howell

Jardin completed 20 of 32 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Howell's 24-21 loss to Colts Neck.


Julian Jones, Jr., RB, Monmouth

Jones ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the way for the Falcons in their 20-7 win over Jackson Liberty.


Beau Kemler, Jr., DB, Rumson-Fair Haven

The No. 2 Bulldogs and their defense bounced back in a 12-7 win over No. 4 Middletown South and Kemler posted two interceptions, a fumble recovery, and three tackles for loss among his nine total tackles to help lead the way.


Jack Latore, Sr., DE, Middletown South

Latore was a force once again during the No 4 Eagles' 12-7 loss to No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven with 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.


Tai Mann, Jr., QB, Jackson Memorial

Mann ran for the game-winning touchdown in overtime as the Jaguars won a thriller, 14-8, over Brick. He also scored the game-tying 2-point conversion in regulation and had 11 tackles on defense.


Jamie Mazzacco, Sr., QB, Shore

Another week, another nomination for Mazzacco. The senior ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, kicked a 28-yard field goal, threw for 91 yards and intercepted a pass on defense to lead the Blue Devils to a 23-8 win over Red Bank for their fifth consecutive victory.


AJ Schwartz, Jr., QB/DB, Marlboro

Schwartz completed 9 of 12 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 41 yards and a touchdown, and had a tackle for loss on defense in the Mustangs' 34-6 win over Toms River South.


Chris Scully, So., RB, Colts Neck

Scully posted his second straight game of 150-plus rushing yards by running for 167 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in the Cougars' dramatic 24-21 win over district rival Howell.





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