Edenton's Brooks selected to East-West football game

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John A. Holmes' Zakeem Brooks (right) helped the Aces advance to the NCHSAA 1AA East Regional Final last fall.


From staff reports

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The John A. Holmes football team will send another athlete to the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star game.

Edenton senior defensive back Zakeem Brooks was selected to take part in the annual high school football senior all-star game July 17 at Greensboro's Robert B. Jamieson Stadium.

Brooks was named the Albemarle Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and earned an all-conference selection for the 2018 season.

Brooks joins recent Aces Luke Hoggard and Lajarvius “Jarvi” Thomas to play in the contest.

Hoggard and Thomas competed in the 2017 edition of the East-West Game.

According to the East-West database, Brooks will become the seventh player from John A. Holmes High School to play in the contest.

Twenty-four players from Edenton High School also represented Chowan County in the game dating back to 1949.


Paced by multiple conference championships during the winter, John A. Holmes moved into first place in the Albemarle Athletic Conference’s Wells Fargo Cup conference standings.

Holmes ended the winter season with 18 points, Washington County was second with 12 points, Camden was third with eight points, while Gates, Manteo and Perquimans were tied for fourth with six points each.

After the fall and winter seasons, Edenton is first with 34 points, Manteo is second with 28 points, Camden is third with 27 points, Gates is fourth with 23 points, Perquimans is fifth with 19 points and Washington County is sixth with 18 points.

Edenton secured regular-season conference championships this winter in wrestling and second place finishes in boys and girls’ basketball and boys and girls’ swimming.

Edenton also earned points for the indoor track and field season.

Camden finished first in the conference in boys’ swimming, while the Perquimans girls’ basketball team finished third in the league.