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Goldston finding gold with a little from everyone

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PHOTO (News & Observer): Leesville Road quarterback Deiondre Goldston.

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RALEIGH — Leesville Road High’s Deiondre Goldston entered this season aware his quarterback game needed growth beyond bigger, stronger, faster. To become a field general, he says he takes a little something from everybody.

Let’s start with John Mark Shaw, a UNC Pembroke freshman QB who was The Pride’s starter in 2022 and 2021. Goldston, the understudy as a sophomore a year ago, studied Shaw.

“I picked his brain a lot,” Goldston said. “He’s a buddy. I learned from him that to be a leader, the team has to respect you and trust you. He told me to stay poised and always be doing the right thing.”

Goldston spoke Monday between a team meeting and practice as he prepares for his first post-season start in the NCHSAA 4A East Region playoffs. Leesville (8-2), the No. 15 seed, faces No. 18-seed Richmond (5-5), a Rockingham school, at 7 p.m. Friday on The Pride’s field. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder’s rise to varsity starting quarterback was a goal he set as earlier as youth football.

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Previous weekly features this season:

— October 27, Leesville Road’s Deiondre Goldston, junior gaining attention

— October 20, Durham Jordan’s Amarion Blue, junior gaining attention

— October 13, Garner’s Isaiah Dawson, Richmond commit

— October 6, Cardinal Gibbons’ Whitt Newbauer, Furman commit

— September 29, Fuquay-Varina’s Malcolm Ziglar, North Carolina commit

— September 22, Wake Forest’s Zane Williams, North Carolina State commit

— September 15, South Garner’s Nnamdi Ogboko, Georgia commit

— September 8, Southeast Raleigh’s Chase Robinson, underrated prospect.

— September 1, Southern Durham’s Isaiah Campbell, 30-plus offers.

— August 25, Rolesville’s Isiah Jones, committed to NC State

— August 18, Millbrook’s Mason Fortune, underrated prospect.


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