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 five section title games (2008-09, 2016-18), 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.

Entering the 2019 season, this year’s varsity football squad is looking forward to their most challenging regular season schedule in school history and their second year in the Foothill Valley League, as well as extending the program’s streak of eleven consecutive playoff appearances. The Hillmen will kick off their season August 23rd at Eureka.

Key home games include matchups against Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa (September 6th), Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (September 27th), Rio Linda (October 11), Homecoming vs Oakmont (October 18), and the regular season finale against Lincoln (November 1st).

Key road games (in addition to 8/23 at Eureka) include: Whitney (August 30th), Vista Del Lago (September 13th), Nevada Union (October 4th), and Ponderosa (October 25th).

Come out and catch all the action, in what promises to be yet another exciting season on The Hill!



Placer Football 2019 Schedule

March 23rd                   –  Pancake Breakfast – PHS Cafeteria

April 25th                       –  Senior Cabinet Meeting – Sizzler  6:30 pm

May 21st                         –  Lift-a-thon – Varsity 

May 20th-23rd              – Spring Football  – 3-5:30pm

June 3rd  – July 3rd        –  Summer Football – All levels  Mon-Thurs

June 4                              – 7×7 Truckee – Varsity

June 10th-13th              – Off for Varsity/JV – Frosh is ON

June 17th-20th                –  Placer Football Kids Camp  –  12pm-2pm

July 2nd                              – Card Night Fundraiser  

July 4th -July 28th             –  Off

July 29th                              –  Mandatory Football Conditioning/Fall Practice

August 1st                           –  Scott’s Flat Team Bonding Trip – Varsity

August 3rd                           – Fill the Helmet Fundraiser

August 10th                         –  Green and Gold Game/Picture Day

August 16th                         –  Scrimmage @ River Valley -Varsity 7 pm

August 17th                         – Scrimmage @ River Valley -Frosh 9 AM, JV 11 AM

August 17th                         –  Kickoff Dinner


Placer Football Game Schedule (Frosh play Thursdays)

August 23rd                     –  Placer at Eureka (Frosh at Rocklin)

August 30th                     –  Placer at Whitney 

September 6th                  – Home vs Cardinal Newman (Frosh vs Woodcreek at Colfax HS)

September 13th               –  Placer at Vista Del Lago

September 19th               -Placer Frosh at Jesuit

September 20th               –  BYE for Varsity and JV

September 27th               – Home vs Bishop O’Dowd (Frosh BYE)

FVL League Games

October 4th                     –  Placer at Nevada Union (week 6)

October 11th                     – Home vs Rio Linda (week 7)

October 18th                    –  Homecoming vs Oakmont (week 8) Senior Night

October 25th                  –  Placer at Ponderosa (week 9)

November 1st                 – Home vs Lincoln (week 10)

November 2nd                –  Release of Playoff Brackets

November 8th             –  Playoffs Round 1 TBA

November 15th             –  Playoffs Round 2 TBA

November 22nd          –  Playoffs Round 3 TBA


November 29/30th         –  Section Title Game/The Show! TBA

December 6th                –  Regional Game TBA

December 13th/14th     –  State Championship Game TBA

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