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 four section title games (2008-09, 2016-17), winning the section title in 2017. The Hillmen are currently the reigning six-time champions of the Pioneer Valley League, which includes the school’s first undefeated regular season since 1980 (10-0) in 2012. 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.

Entering the 2018 season, this year’s varsity football squad is looking forward to playing in a new league: the Foothill Valley League, as well as extending the program’s streak of ten consecutive playoff appearances. The Hillmen will kick off their season August 17th at Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove).

Key home games include matchups against Whitney (August 24th), Bishop Manogue of Reno (August 31st), Vista Del Lago (September 7th), Homecoming vs El Dorado (September 14th), Nevada Union (September 28th), and Ponderosa (October 19th).

Key road games include: Rio Linda (October 5th),  Oakmont (October 12th), and Lincoln (October 26th).

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


Placer Football 2018 Schedule

March 24th                   –  Pancake Breakfast – PHS Cafeteria

April 26th                       –  Senior Cabinet Meeting – Sizzler  7:00 pm

May 31st                         –  Lift-a-thon – Varsity  –  PHS Gym  6:30pm

May 14th-17th            – Spring Football  –  PHS Field  3-5:30pm

May 21st-25th           –  NO FOOTBALL – Finals Week

May 28th-June 1st  –  Spring Football and Lift – Varsity  –  9am-12pm

TBA                                     –  Practice for Flag Game

TBA                                     –  Flag Football Game  –  Varsity  6:30

June 4th – 7th                –  Summer Practice  – Varsity – 9am-12pm

June 5th                           – 7 on 7 – Varsity – Truckee

June 7th                           – 7 on 7 – Varsity – at Sierra College

June 11th – 15th           – Off

June 18th – 28th           –  Summer Football  –  All 3 Levels – Mon-Thurs

June 18th-21st             –  Placer Football Kids Camp  –  12pm-2pm

June 19th                         – 7 on 7 – Varsity – Home vs Truckee

June 21st                          – 7 on 7 – Varsity – at Sierra College

June 27th                           –  Card Night Fundraiser

June 28th                           – 7 on 7 – Varsity – at Sierra College

July 2nd -July 13th       –  Off

July 16th – 20th              –  TBA

July 23rd                            –  First Official Day of Fall Practice

July 26th                              –  Scott’s Flat Team Bonding Trip – Varsity

July 28th                             –  Fill The Helmet

August 4th                         –  Green and Gold Game/Picture Day

August 10th                     –  Scrimmage vs River Valley 7 pm

August 11th                       –  Kickoff Dinner 7pm


Varsity Game Schedule

August 17th                     –  Game 1 (week 0) @ Pleasant Grove

August 24th                     –  Game 2 (week 1) Home vs Whitney

August 31st                     –  Game 3 (week 2) Home vs Bishop Manogue

September 7th               –  Game 4 (week 3) Home vs Vista Del Lago

September 14th            –  Game 5 (week 4) Homecoming vs El Dorado

September 21st             –  BYE

September 28th             –  Game 6  Home vs Nevada Union

October 5th                     –  Game 7 @ Rio Linda

October 12th                  –  Game 8 @ Oakmont

October 19th                  –  Game 9 Home vs Ponderosa

October 26th                 –  Game 10 @ Lincoln

October 27th                –  Release of Playoff Brackets

November 2nd             –  Playoffs Round 1: Placer Bye

November 9th             –  Playoffs Round 2: Placer at home vs either Christian Brothers or Yuba City

November 16th          –  Bye due to poor air quality


November 23rd            –  Playoffs Semi-Finals against River Valley

December 1st                –  Section Title Game/ The Show! TBA

December 7th/8th     –  Regional Championship Game TBA

December 14th/15th – State Championship Game TBA


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