The News & Record’s Joe Sirera looks at some high school football players who will be in the spotlight in Friday night's games:
ALONZA BARNETT, sophomore, QB, Page: If senior starter Javondre Paige hasn't recovered from a concussion in time to play at Dudley on Friday night, Barnett will get his first start for the Pirates in a tough environment. He's had some promising moments in Page's first two games, completing 13 of 26 passes for 222 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and has a bright future.
CARSON CASSETTY, junior, RB, Northwest Guilford: OK, it was against struggling Smith and Western Guilford teams, but Cassetty has rushed for 268 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns (6 rushing, one on a fumble return) in two games. He and the Vikings will get their biggest test to date when they travel to Southeast Guilford, which hasn't forgotten that its only regular-season loss in 2018 was to Northwest.
DEVAN BOYKIN, senior, DB, Ragsdale: The N.C. State commit may be the best cover man in the area, and he'll be tested against a Northern Guilford team that moves the ball primarily through the air via QB Will Lenard. Boykin also can impact the game as a kick returner or as a wild card on offense.
KAMELL SMITH, junior, QB, Eastern Guilford: Smith has completed 30 of 51 passes for 438 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. If the No. 4-ranked Wildcats are going to knock off No. 2 Grimsley at Jamieson Stadium, Smith has to be able to stretch a stingy Whirlies' defense to open things up on the ground for junior RB Hezekia Newby (182 yards, 3 TDs rushing, 1 TD receiving).