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.
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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.