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The starting 11: The top players from Week Four of high school football

Cleveland’s Joi Williams (85) is grappled by Cardinal Gibbons’ Trey Mason (3) during the first quarter.  The Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders and the Cleveland Rams met in a non-conference football game in Raleigh, N.C. on September 7, 2018.
Cleveland’s Joi Williams (85) is grappled by Cardinal Gibbons’ Trey Mason (3) during the first quarter. The Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders and the Cleveland Rams met in a non-conference football game in Raleigh, N.C. on September 7, 2018. newsobserver.com

The starting 11: The top players from week 2 of high school football.

Each week, The News & Observer honors the top 11 high school football performances from around the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina.

Nominations are appreciated and can be emailed to jpope@newsobserver.com.

The Starting 11: Week Four

Tai Goode, St. David’s: The 5-foot-6 running back ran for 165 yards on just seven carries and three scores. He also caught five passes for 73 yards and another score and returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown. Goode finished with 303 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns in a 65-14 win over Faith Christian.

James Talton, St. David’s: Junior quarterback was 11-16 for 173 yards and four touchdowns versus Faith Christian. Also ran the ball nine times for 52 yards.

Darius Ocean, Cleveland: Quarterback threw three touchdown passes during the Rams 44-35 win over Cardinal Gibbons.

Joi Williams, Cleveland: Senior was on the receiving end of two of Ocean’s touchdown passes during the win over Cardinal Gibbons.

Jawuan Smith, South Johnston: Caught two touchdown passes during the Trojans 21-14 win over James Kenan.

Kingsley Nwachukwu, Rolesville: Running back racked up 209 yards on 11 carries during a 21-0 win over Orange High School.

Julian Stinnett, Rolesville: Defender had 14 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in the win over Orange High School.

Walker Harris, Heritage: Junior quarterback completed 15 of 23 passes for 204 yards in a 28-12 win over Sanderson.

Trey Holloway, Heritage: Carried the ball 16 times for 152 yards and one touchdown.

Phillip Foster, Northern: Defensive end registered 10 tackles in a 27-19 win over Jordan.

Brycen Jackson, Northern: Quarterback completed 15 of 23 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

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