High School Sports

The Starting 11: The top players from week 9 of the high school football season

Hillside's Brendon Edgerton (32) grapples Orange's Payton Wilson (11) during the fourth quarter.The Orange Panthers visited the Hillside Hornets in a high school football game on Oct. 13, 2017. Orange wins 31-20.
Hillside's Brendon Edgerton (32) grapples Orange's Payton Wilson (11) during the fourth quarter.The Orange Panthers visited the Hillside Hornets in a high school football game on Oct. 13, 2017. Orange wins 31-20. newsobserver.com

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

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.

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.

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