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The Starting 11: The top high school football players from Week 3

Wake Forest defender Cody Britt (24) intercepts a pass intended for Middle Creek’s Kyle Ihle (11) during the Middle Creek Mustangs’ football game at Wake Forest Cougars on Monday, September 9, 2019.
Wake Forest defender Cody Britt (24) intercepts a pass intended for Middle Creek’s Kyle Ihle (11) during the Middle Creek Mustangs’ football game at Wake Forest Cougars on Monday, September 9, 2019. newsobserver.com

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 3

Ro’Mello Cowan, Triton: The senior fullback had 243 Yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries against South Johnston. Cowan has 527 yards and 10 touchdowns through three games.

Omarion Hampton, Cleveland: The Rams’ sophomore back continues to impress. He ran for 282 yards and three touchdowns and caught one pass for a 55-yard score in a 49-12 win over Southeast Raleigh.

Dakota Marquess, Cleveland: The senior linebacker finished with 20 tackles and one sack against Southeast Raleigh.

Cody Britt, Wake Forest: Picked off two passes as the Cougars defeated Middle Creek 52-6.

Derek Coombs, Holly Springs: Junior running back finished with 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-28 win over Green Hope on Monday night.

Trexler Ivey, Wakefield: Senior quarterback was on fire against Apex Friendship. He completed 15 of 18 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-14 win.

Tristen Pullen, Millbrook: The Wildcats’ quarterback threw for 209 yards and a touchdown and ran for 110 yards with three more touchdowns in a 34-29 win over Garner.

Kambron Whitaker, Corinth Holders: The senior fullback finished with 137 yards on 21 carries in a 21-13 win over Clayton.

Landin Sledge, Riverside: The junior quarterback completed 20 of 32 passes for 382 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-19 win over Person.

Devin Smith, Riverside: The senior wideout caught eight passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns against Person.

Isaiah Jones, Riverside: The junior receiver had seven catches for 138 yards and one touchdown.

Sports reporter Jonas Pope IV covers college recruiting, high school sports, NC Central and the ACC for the Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.
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