With the 2015 season set to kick off, the 3-time defending Pioneer Valley League champion Hillmen are poised for another big season. On offense, Placer will have several key returning starters, including WR Ryan Huston, RB Owen Scott, OL Jacob Capra, Diego Lopez, TE Michael Downen, and FB Jared Halbert. QB Marcus Ante who started on defense last season takes over the reigns at QB for the Hillmen. On defense, the entire defensive line of Capra, Downen, Logan Crawford, and Simeon Engle return. Brian Stangland and Taylor Levesque return at LB as well. Ryan Huston who started at CB last season shifts to the safety position. Check out Ike Dobson’s article in the Auburn Journal about the five key questions facing the Hillmen in 2015!
After winning their third straight PVL title last week, the Hillmen (8-2) will be looking to make some noise in the playoffs, which kick off tonight at home against Rio Linda (8-2) at 7pm. The Placer defense which was stingy during league play, giving up just over 10 points per game, will be faced with the challenge of shutting down the Knights impressive backfield duo of Marcel Brown (1,411 yards, 22 TDs) and Calvin Robinson (1,008 yards). QB Clark Pietromonaco (1316 yards passing, 13 TDs) will lead a well balanced Hillmen (45 points per game in league play) offense that will look to continue their impressive play of late. Thanks in large part to strong play by the offensive line, the Hillmen ground game racked up over 290 yards per game over the past month. The backfield will get a boost tonight when FB Jared Halbert, who missed last week with an injury returns to action. Not to be overlooked, Placer has averaged 131 yards per game through the air as well. It figures to be a great game, so come on out to Lefebvre Stadium and catch all the action! If you can’t make it to the game, tune in to 950AM KAHI to hear the action and follow us for live updates on Twitter! Click on the link below to to read about the matchup in today’s Auburn Journal!
With their 45-21 waxing of Colfax last night, The Hillmen won their third straight PVL championship. Every championship team is unique in it’s own way. The 2014 has had to deal with it’ s fair share of adversity throughout the season, but from day one, everyone from the coaching staff has put in tireless hours in the film room and on the field week in and week out working to get better. Watching this group come together and grow as the season has progressed has been pretty awesome. Several key seniors have stepped up, and quite a few juniors have made huge contributions this year. I couldn’t be any prouder of the coaching staff and the players. They earned this banner. It is and always will be GREAT TO BE A HILLMEN! 2014 PVL CHAMPS!
To say there is no love lost between Placer and arch rival Colfax would be an understatement. The two teams will renew hostilities on the gridiron Friday night, as the Hillmen (7-2, 4-0 will be seeking the PVL title outright in the final game of the regular season. Placer, which has really kicked it into another gear since league play began five weeks ago thanks to a stout defense (6.66 PPG) and a well balanced offense (44 PPG) will look to continue their recent stretch of hot play against the Falcons as they look to end things on a high note entering the playoffs. Colfax, coming off a win against Foothill, will be looking to spoil The Hillmen’s bid to be sole owners of the PVL championship. The intensity will undoubtedly at a fever pitch. What more could you ask for? The varsity game will kickoff at 7:30pm. The JV game starts at 5:15pm. You can follow us for live in-game scoring updates on Twitter! You can read tonight’s game preview in the Auburn Journal by clicking the link below!
With their sights set on another league banner Friday night, the Hillmen (7-2, 4-0) made quick work of Lincoln, scoring 45 unanswered points in the first half, en route to a 52-7 victory to capture at least a share of their third straight PVL title. QB Clark Pietromonaco continued his strong play of late, throwing four touchdowns in the first half. Jared Halbert scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground, and Owen Scott, Frankie O’neal, Tyler Gums, and Austin Hess were on the receiving end of Pietromonaco’s touchdown passes for Placer. The defense which has allowed just 20 points in league play, turned in another stout performance, blanking the zebras in the first half. The Hillmen will look to win the league title outright when they travel to Colfax to take on the Falcons, their league rivals Friday night. To read more about the victory over Lincoln, check out today’s article in the Auburn Journal!
Fresh off their dominating performance against Bear River Saturday night, the Hillmen (6-2, 3-0) will look to keep the momentum going as they look to clinch their third straight PVL title tonight when they travel to Lincoln (1-7, 0-3) tonight to take on the Zebras. Placer, which has gotten off to a hot start thus far in league play, outscoring opponents 83-13, will be facing a Lincoln squad who despite being riddled with injuries to several key players this season, has played both Colfax and Center tough in recent weeks. The Hillmen meanwhile appear to be hitting their stride at the right time. The defense which features seven junior starters is beginning to come of age. Along with posting their second shutout of the season last week, the defense held Bear River to 180 yards of total offense. On the offensive side of the ball, Placer’s well balanced attack has been impressive to watch. Through the first two PVL games, the Hillmen have averaged 273 yards per game on the ground, and 167.5 through the air. The varsity game will begin at 7:30pm. The JV game starts at 5:15pm. You can follow us for live in-game scoring updates on Twitter! You can read tonight’s game preview in the Auburn Journal by clicking the link below.
For weeks we have heard about Bear River’s vaunted Jr class, but on Saturday night, it was the Hillmen who turned in their best team effort of the season, blanking Bear River 28-0 to gain the inside track to their third straight PVL title. Placer set the tone early on with their punishing, physical style of play on the defensive side of the ball and never looked back. The defense held the bruins to just 180 yards of offense en route to their second shutout of the season. The Hillmen offense was lights out as well. Clark Pietromonaco had three total TDs on the night, including a 49 yard run on a QB keeper. To read more about the victory, check out today’s story in the Auburn Journal!
In a game that will have huge implications for the league championship, the Hillmen (5-2, 2-0) will face off against Bear River (6-1, 2-0) in PVL showdown tonight at at LeFebvre Stadium. The Bruins who feature a strong defense and a grind it out offense are riding a six-game winning streak entering Friday night’s contest. Placer is coming off a blowout victory last week against Foothill and is averaging 59.6 points per game since a season opening loss to Nevada Union. The winner of tonight’s battle will have the inside track to the PVL championship. The Hillmen are seeking their third straight PVL banner this year, while Bear River is looking for their first since 2005. The game will kick off at 7:30pm. The JV game starts at 5:15pm. You can follow us for live in-game scoring updates on Twitter! You can read tonight’s game preview in the Auburn Journal by clicking the link below.
It’s been a long three weeks, but the Hillmen finally return to action tonight against Foothill in this year’s homecoming game. Placer (4-2, 1-0) have not played since September 26th against Vista Del Lago following their bye week and last Friday’s forfeit win against Center. The Hillmen who have taken big strides in the last few weeks of practice, are chomping at the bit to get back on the field. The game is set to begin at 7:30pm, with homecoming festivities taking place at halftime. The JV game kicks off at 5:15pm. You can follow us for live in-game scoring updates on Twitter! You can read tonight’s game preview in the Auburn Journal by clicking the link below.
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Due to a brawl and subsequent suspensions, tonight’s scheduled opponent, Center (3-3, 0-1), the Hillmen 4-2, 1-0) will be idle again tonight due to the forfeit. Placer will be awarded with a 2-0 victory over the Cougars. The JV will still kick of their PVL campaign tonight against Center, though the game has been pushed back to 6pm instead of the normally scheduled 5:15pm. The Hillmen will return to action next Friday night for homecoming against Foothill (0-5) at 7:30pm. To read about how the Varsity squad has been taking advantage of their bye weeks, check out today’s story in the Auburn Journal, which also features a tidbit on former Placer standout alum Eddie Vanderdoes scoring his first touchdown of the season last weekend for the UCLA Bruins.