Editor’s note: “Hidden Gems” will take a look at a few of the weekend’s under-the-radar performers in North Shore high school football.
DREW SALVO, Danvers
Because of injuries on the Falcons’ offensive line, this junior was forced to start at center against Peabody with only one day of practice. He had a splendid game, playing every snap offensively without having any missed center/quarterback exchanges. He also played 85 percent of the snaps at his regular position on defense and recorded 7 1/2 tackles in Danvers’ 20-14 win.
ROBERT CARRILLO, Bishop Fenwick
The Crusaders’ senior might be the best backup running back on the North Shore. After breaking a 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of a win against North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie the previous weekend, Carrillo took one 80 yards against Arlington Catholic last Friday as Fenwick won its Catholic Central League opener, 46-14.
HUNTER JACQUES, Pingree
It’s a good bet that Jacques didn’t wake up Saturday morning thinking he’d be celebrating his first career touchdown later that day. But when teammate Erik Fyrer batted down a Tilton pass and the ball popped into Jacques’ arms, the big sophomore gleefully took it 10 yards into the end zone. His teammates were ecstatic for Jacques, who scored the final TD in Pingree’s 52-14 romp over the Rams.