CAMP POINT, Ill. (WGEM) -- Born in Mexico, Alger Saldana moved to Coatsburg, Illinois when he was only 3-years old.
More than a decade later he's one of the top athletes at Camp Point Central High School.
"My mom used to be an exchange student here and she met my dad because she stayed with his family," Saldana said.
"Then they kind of got back together after a little while and then they moved back here. It kind of all worked out."
Saldana, a junior, got his first taste of varsity football last fall when the Panthers advanced to the Class 2A semifinals.
And this season he's averaging 22 yards every time he touches the ball.
"Any time he gets the ball he has an opportunity to take it to the house," head coach Brad Dixon explained.
"He has that ability, if we can get him to the edge where he can break one tackle, then it's hard for someone to catch him."
Senior running back Austin Kramburg is in awe of Saldana's elusiveness.
"It's amazing watching him play," Kramburg said. "Watching him hit the holes..it's amazing."
According to Saldana, "I feel like this year it's a lot cooler. I feel like I'm more involved now than I was before. It's a good feeling."
A star on the track, Saldana's stock is quickly rising on the gridiron and his love for the sport continues to grow.
"He's really fast," junior fullback Bobby Keltz said.
"When he gets out in the open nobody can catch him. It's great to have a guy that can do that."
Saldana added: "I like the brotherhood you have with all your friends that you're out here with.
It's so much closer than other sports because you're mainly depending on everybody else. If one person isn't doing their job then everyone else goes down with them."
Although he's firmly entrenched in the Coatsburg and Camp Point communities, Saldana says he hasn't forgotten his roots and tries to visit Mexico at least once a year.
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