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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Placer was limited to a truncated season of only 3 games in Spring of 2021, but despite multiple challenges they finished with another winning season and were so grateful to have been able to get back on the field!

Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the Hillmen are looking forward to a return to football in the Fall, another challenging schedule, as well as extending the program’s streak of twelve consecutive playoff appearances!  Placer will kick off their season on August 26 at Home Vs Casa Robles. Key road games this year include, Vista Del Lago (September 9), Lincoln (Oct 7th), Nevada Union (October 14), and West Park (October 21).

Key home games include, Ponderosa (September 30) and Nevada Union (October 14).

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

Placer Hillmen Football
Varsity and JV Fall 2022 Schedule

(Frosh Thursdays)

August 26: Home vs Casa Robles
September 2: @ Silver Creek
September 9: @ Vista del Lag
September 23: Home vs Rio Linda

Foothill Valley League Play Begins!

September 30: Home vs Ponderosa
October 7: @ Lincoln
October 14: Home vs Nevada Union
October 21: @ West Park
October 28: @ Oakmont

Playoffs Begin!


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