Each week, we honor the top 11 high school football performances from around the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina.
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The Starting 11: week 8
Number in parentheses notes how many times the player has made The Starting 11 this year.
Holton Ahlers, D.H. Conley (5): Completed 17 of 23 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, ran seven times for 82 yards.
A.J. Banker, Arendell Parrott (2): Caught eight passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
Zaythan Hill, Pinecrest (1): Ran 24 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns; caught one pass for 12 yards.
C.J. Johnson, D.H. Conley (2): Caught 10 passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns.
Nolan McLean, Garner (2): Completed 18 of 21 passes for 342 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
Kam McNeill, Farmville Central (1): Caught six passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns; ran 14 times for 145 yards.
Allajah Mitchell, South Granville (2): Ran 14 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns; caught one pass for 7 yards; made five tackles (four for loss).
Ricky Person Jr., Heritage (7): N.C. State recruit ran 22 times for 202 yards and five touchdowns.
De’marius Staton, Triton (1): Ran 17 times for 199 yards and four touchdowns; caught one pass for 7 yards.
Jaquel Watkins, Green Hope (1): Ran 17 times for 268 yards and five touchdowns.
Payton Wilson, Orange (3): UNC recruit ran 21 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, completed 5 of 7 passes for 15 yards and one interception and had 10 tackles, four for loss, with three sacks.