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!
IT’S GREAT TO BE A HILLMAN!
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
THERE WILL BE PRACTICE ON THANKSGIVING!
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!