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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 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 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 8 (listed in alphabetical order)


Haaziq Barksdale, Sr., RB, Lakewood

Barksdale had three rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown to lead the Piners to a 40-12 win over Jackson Liberty.


Nik DiLeo, Sr., RB/LB, Barnegat

DiLeo ran for 162 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries and made two tackles for loss in his final high school game as the Bengals defeated St. John Vianney, 14-7, to send head coach Rob Davis out with a victory in the final game of his 15-year coaching career at Barnegat.


Tyler Douglas, So., QB, Ocean

Douglas could not be stopped in the Spartans’ 49-26 win over Manchester, rushing for 126 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries and completing 5 of 9 passes for 129 yards and one touchdown to help Ocean finish the season 3-3.


Von Factor, Sr., DL, Rumson-Fair Haven

Rumson kept Freehold’s explosive offense out of the end zone in a 28-3 victory and Factor was at the forefront of the effort with 10 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.


Gerry Ferrigno, Sr., RB, Toms River South

Ferrigno had three touchdown runs to help the Indians take a 41-25 victory over Jackson Memorial to finish the season with a 6-2 record.


Stephen Jardim, Jr., QB, Howell

Jardim completed all six of his passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown as Howell closed its season with an emphatic 49-0 win over Immaculata.


Tynan Jensen, Sr., RB, Lacey

Jensen erupted for a career-high 255 yards rushing and four touchdowns to lead the Lions to a 40-27 victory over Toms River North, giving head coach Lou Vircillo his 299th career win.


Jack Lawrie, Sr., RB, Pinelands

Lawrie ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on just five carries to help the Wildcats run past Point Beach, 34-14.


John Manos, Jr., RB/LB, Colts Neck

Manos stepped in when starting running back Joe Barsky went down with an injury and ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries to help the Cougars hold off Southern, 17-14, to finish the season 7-1. Manos also had a great game on defense with a team-high 11 tackles and three tackles for loss to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.


Anthon Matrone, Sr., RB/DB, Manalapan

Matrone had a touchdown run and returned an interception for a touchdown as the Braves closed out their season with a 41-0 victory over Freehold Township.


Luke O’Hea, Sr., RB/CB, Raritan

O’Hea ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on three carries, caught a 74-yard touchdown pass and made a team-high 13 tackles when Raritan beat Brick Memorial, 42-20, to close the season with six straight wins and finish 6-1.


David Onuoha, Jr., RB/LB, Matawan

In Matawan’s 35-12 win over Monmouth Regional, Onuoha was a two-way standout with 75 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just eight carries plus 11 tackles and one sack on defense.


Keisun Sanders, So., DL, Wall

Sanders recorded seven tackles with one tackle for loss, which included a game-saving stop at the one-yard line on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line when Wall held off Donovan Catholic, 18-15, in an instant classic to win the unofficial Shore Conference championship.


Nick Totten, Sr, QB/DB, Toms River East

Totten ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and on defense recorded 16 tackles with one tackle for loss and an interception to lead the Raiders to a 24-21 win over Shore Regional.




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