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 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 August 28th at home against Roseville.
Other key home games include matches against Vista del Lago (September 11th), Chico (September 25th), Homecoming vs Nevada Union (October 9th), and Ponderosa (October 30th).
Key road games include: Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa (September 4th), Del Campo (September 18th), Lincoln (October 2nd), Rio Linda (October 16th), and Oakmont (October 23rd).
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 2020 Schedule
March 14th – Pancake Breakfast – PHS Cafeteria
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the dates for the following are still to be determined. Check back here for updates!
April 16th – Senior Cabinet Meeting – Sizzler 6:30 pm
May 21st – Lift-a-thon – Varsity
May 18th-22nd – Spring Football -Varsity – 3-5:30pm
June 1st – July 2nd – Summer Football – Mon-Thurs
June 8th-11th – Off for Varsity/JV – Frosh is ON
June 15th-18th – Placer Football Kids Camp – 12pm-2pm
July 2nd – Card Night Fundraiser
July 3rd -July 25th – Off
July 27th – Mandatory Football Conditioning/Fall Practice
July 30th – Scott’s Flat Team Bonding Trip – Varsity
August 8th – Green and Gold Game/Picture Day – All Levels
August 14th – Scrimmage vs River Valley -Varsity 7 pm
August 15th – Scrimmage vs River Valley -Frosh 9 AM, JV 11 AM
Placer Football Game Schedule (Frosh play Thursdays)
August 28th – Home vs Roseville
September 4th – Placer at Cardinal Newman (Frosh TBD)
September 11th – Home vs Vista Del Lago
September 18th -Placer at Del Campo
September 25th – Home vs Chico
Foothill Valley League Games
October 2nd – Placer at Lincoln
October 9th – Homecoming and Senior Night vs Nevada Union
October 16th – Placer at Rio Linda
October 23rd – Placer at Oakmont
October 30th – Home vs Ponderosa (Last regular season game)
October 31st – Release of Playoff Brackets
November 6th – Playoffs Round 1 TBA
November 13th – Playoffs Round 2 TBA
November 20th – Playoffs Round 3 TBA
THERE WILL BE PRACTICE ON THANKSGIVING!
November 27/28th – Section Title Game/The Show! TBA
December 4th – Regional Game TBA
December 11th/12th – State Championship Game TBA
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!