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October 8, 2013

Hidden Gems for Week 5 of the high school football season

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.

JOSH McRAE

Salem linebacker

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior captain has a motor that never stops running — something that’s evident with the way he invaded the Winthrop backfield Saturday afternoon. In addition to making double-digit tackles, McRae flattened the Vikings’ Reise Turansky with a bone-jarring hit for no gain; crunched another running back, Jordan Corbett-Franks, at the line of scrimmage; and flattened Zach Deeb on a pass in the flat.

KYLE KOWALSKI

Masconomet defensive lineman

The Chieftains got all they could handle from North Reading’s power running game and needed some big stops to escape with a 21-18 win. Several of those came from junior Kyle Kowalski, who came up with a sack in the closing seconds of the first half to make sure the Hornets couldn’t extend their lead.

Earlier in the second quarter, North Reading was threatening to extend its lead and had driven deep inside Masco territory. Kowalski came up with a tackle-for-loss on third down and was in on the gang tackle on fourth as Masco forced a turnover on downs.

KEVIN HANNON

Bishop Fenwick linebacker

There were several big, momentum-changing plays in Bishop Fenwick’s 42-20 win over Catholic Central League rival Cardinal Spellman on Saturday. None was bigger than the play Hannon made, however.

Fenwick took an early 7-0 lead and came up with a defensive stop on the Cardinal’s next possession. An interception set Cardinal Spellman up with good field position and a chance to tie, but Hannon delivered a hit that jarred the ball loose. Fenwick cornerback Tommy Parsons then scooped up the loose ball and returned it 70 yards for the score.

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