Placer Hillmen Football

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Auburn, California, Placer High School is home to one of the most storied football programs in the state. Founded in 1897, the Hillmen have taken part in many great gridiron battles for well over a century. Beginning in 1972, co-head coaching greats Bill Miller and Tom Johnson led their teams on an impressive 10-year run in which Placer won two state championships (1977, 80), five section championships (1975-77, 80-81), and seven league titles (1972,75-77, 79, 80-81).

In recent years, current head coach and former Hillman, Joey Montoya and his staff have helped return the program to prominence. Since his return to the sidelines in 2007, Montoya has taken his teams to six section title games (2008-09, 2016-19), winning the section title in 2017. In 2017, in addition to winning the section title, the Hillmen went on to win the Northern California Div. 4-AA State Championship vs Salinas, and came just 3 points shy of winning the state title, falling 46-43 to Crenshaw in Los Angeles.

After winning the Pioneer Valley League championship for six straight years, Placer moved on to the Foothill Valley League in 2018, where they had an undefeated regular season, won the Foothill Valley League championship, and were the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 runners-up.

In 2019 the Hillmen played their most challenging non-league schedule in program history, then went on to their second year in the FVL, where they went undefeated in league play, won their second consecutive FVL title, 8th straight league championship, and were the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 runners-up.

Entering the 2020-2021 season, the Hillmen are looking forward to another great year, as well as extending the program’s streak of twelve consecutive playoff appearances. The Hillmen will kick off their season January 15th at home against Roseville.

Other key home games include matches against Vista del Lago (January 29th), Casa Roble (February 12th), Nevada Union (February 26th),  and Ponderosa (March 19th).

Key road games include: Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa (January 22nd), Del Campo (February 5th), Lincoln (February 19th), Rio Linda (March 5th), and Oakmont (March 12th).

We are so hopeful to have another exciting season on The Hill!


Placer Football 2020-2021 Schedule

March 14th                     –  Pancake Breakfast – PHS Cafeteria

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the dates for the following have changed or are still to be determined. Check back here for updates!

TBD                                 –  Senior Cabinet Meeting – Sizzler  6:30 pm

TBD                                   –  Lift-a-thon – Varsity 

June 22nd  – July 16th        –  Summer Football –  M-Th (Updated Dates!)

TBD                                     –  Placer Football Kids Camp  –  12pm-2pm

TBD                                      – Card Night Fundraiser  

July 17th -July 25th             –  Off (Updated Dates)

TBD                                      –  Mandatory Football Conditioning/Fall Practice

TBD                                       –  Scott’s Flat Team Bonding Trip – Varsity

TBD                                        –  Green and Gold Game/Picture Day – All Levels

Summer 2021                                – Kickoff Dinner at The Ridge

Placer Football Game Schedule (Frosh play Thursdays)

January 15th                     –  Home vs Roseville 

January 22nd                  – Placer at Cardinal Newman (Frosh TBD)

January 29th                  –  Home vs Vista Del Lago

February 5th                 -Placer at Del Campo

February 12th               –  Home vs Casa Roble

Foothill Valley League Games

February 19th                     –  Placer at Lincoln

February 26th                     – Home vs Nevada Union

March 5th                          –  Placer at Rio Linda

March 12th                     –  Placer at Oakmont

March 19th                    – Home vs Ponderosa(Last regular season game)

Playoffs start March 26th


2019 Foothill Valley League Champions!

2018 Foothill Valley League Champions!

2017 CIF Div. 4-AA Northern California State Champions!

2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV Champions!

2017 PVL Champions! 6 Peat!


2016 PVL Champions!

2015 PVL Champs
2015 PVL Champs


2014 PVL Champs
2014 PVL Champs


2013 Placer Hillmen Football PVL CHAMPS