High School Sports

The Starting 11: the top players from week 8 of the high school football season

Franklinton's Kendall Harris (5) accelerates up the middle for a big gain. The Franklinton Rams visited the Rocky Mount Gryphons in a high school football game on Friday, October 6, 2017.
Franklinton's Kendall Harris (5) accelerates up the middle for a big gain. The Franklinton Rams visited the Rocky Mount Gryphons in a high school football game on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Each week, we honor the top 11 high school football performances from around the Triangle and Eastern N.C.

Nominations are appreciated. Email with nominations and send full box scores to hssports@newsobserver.com.

The Starting 11: week 8

Number in parentheses notes how many times the player has made The Starting 11 this year.

Jordyn Adams, Green Hope (2): UNC recruit tied the NCHSAA record with three punt returns for touchdown (45, 65 and 66 yards, respectively).

Holton Ahlers, D.H. Conley (4): Completed 15 of 23 passes for 264 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions; ran four times for 57 yards and one touchdown.

Ezekiel Best, Eastern Wayne (1): Completed 20 of 41 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.

Justin Eberhart, Union Pines (2): Ran 30 times for 278 yards and four touchdowns; caught four passes for 46 yards.

Kendall Harris, Franklinton (1): Ran 31 times for 248 yards and one touchdown.

Zonovan Knight, Southern Nash (1): Ran 12 times for 219 yards and four touchdowns.

Dexter McDuffie, South Central (1): Completed 7 of 12 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns with one interception; ran 14 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Emmanuel Lewis, South Central (1): Ran three times for 133 yards and one touchdown; caught five passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns.

Elijah Stewart, Southern Vance (1): Completed 18 of 25 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

Nazir Monroe-Smith, South Central (1): Ran eight times for 166 yards and four touchdowns; caught one pass for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Ricky Person Jr., Heritage (6): Ran 23 times for 243 yards and three touchdonws; caught two passes for 12 yards and one touchdown.

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