The first Friday of the high school football season is in the books, and you know what that means – it’s time for the Telegram Power 10. There were plenty of surprises in Week 1 and tons of notable individual performances, but in the end our staff had room for just 10 players. Here are this week's movers and shakers.
Week 2 Power 10:
1. Deshan Farmer, Sr., RB, Tarboro – Farmer ran for 117 yards and three touchdown, as the Vikings took down Nash Central. The senior was quick and showed he’s ready to carry the load this season.
2. Rashawn Harris, Sr., WR, Rocky Mount - Harris returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and hauled in a 27-yard pass for a score in the Gryphons' blowout of South Granville.
3. Tajh Deans, Jr., S, Southern Nash - Deans didn’t have the best statistical game, but that’s a good sign. The Firebirds' defense held SouthWest Edgecombe to less than 200 yards of offense.
4. Antwoine Pittman, Jr., RB North Edgecombe - Business as usual for Pittman. The junior ran for three touchdowns in a blowout of Northwest Halifax.
5. Houshun Gaines, Sr., DE, Nash Central - Gaines picked up his first sack of the season but struggled with double-teams throughout the game. He had four tackles in the loss.
6. Joshua Carter, Sr., QB, Rocky Mount - Carter threw for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He looks like the top quarterback in the Twin Counties.
7. Grant Jones, Sr., RB, Southern Nash – Jones had a good day for the Firebirds with 113 yards and a score on 19 carries. He will be the feature back for the Firebirds until Jaquay Mitchell comes back into the fold in a couple of weeks.
8. Broderick Caudle, Sr., S, Rocky Mount - It will be hard for Caudle to top last week’s performance. He returned a fumble 23-yards for a touchdown and led a defense that posted a shutout.
9. Jacob Hunter, Jr., RB/CB, Rocky Mount Academy - The Eagles were idle last week, but Hunter is expected to play Thursday after nursing a hamstring injury.
10. Marcus Williams, Jr., RB/S, SouthWest Edgecombe – When Williams got the ball in space, good things happened for the Cougars. However, he did not get many offensive touches, and his tackles came too far down the field for SouthWest Edgecombe’s liking.