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Frosh Football: 2021 Info!

Hello Future Hillmen Football Parents and Players,

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during these challenging times. Despite there being a lot of questions about this up and coming season, we want to let you know we are confident that we will get a “normal” season in the fall. First, let me say that your child’s health and safety is our number one concern and we will be vigilant as always to accomplish this. 

Traditionally we would meet with your child during the spring at their school to get out the information about the summer schedule and then would start practice the week after they get out of school on June 7th. During the summer practice the frosh staff implements the base offense and defense, the basic fundamentals and our conditioning program . While we cannot get out to each of our feeder schools to promote this, we still WILL START June 7th for Summer Camp. 

We are so excited to work with your son/daughter at Placer and their time here will be a life changing experience. If your child is interested in playing football this fall please email our Frosh Head Coach Jim Packheiser at 

Thank you and Go Hillmen!!

Joey Montoya
Head Football Coach
Physical Education Teacher

Dates to plan for:

-June 7-July 1: Summer practice. M-Thursday 3-5:30. The form below will need to be filled out and turned in on the first day we start. 

-July 26th the official start of the season 3pm in the stadium (ending around 5:45)

Important note: your child will need to be cleared online through our school by the start of the 27th. This includes getting a physical, filling out the information and also the donation. You can accomplish this here: on Placer’s main athletic page online.

Game 2: Placer vs Nevada Union

This week is our first home game, as the Nevada Union Miners are coming to Le Febvre Friday, March 19! Frosh play at 3: 30, JV at 5:30, and Varsity at 7:30.

Once again spectators will be extremely limited and tickets will only be available for the players’ families. Please do not show up at the stadium expecting to buy a ticket and get in. However, even if you can’t be there in person to cheer the Hillmen on, as always KAHI will be broadcasting the varsity game and there will also be a video livestream of all three games on Facebook!

Listen to KAHI radio’s Casey Freelove and Dave Rosenthal’s play by play on 104.5 FM, online at, or on the free KAHI phone app. Pregame coverage starts at 7:15!

We also will be streaming video of all three games through Facebook live for free! Audio for the varsity game will be from Dave and Casey of KAHI. The streams will be available at game time (3:30, 5:30 and 7:30) on the Hillmen Football Facebook page

You can also show your Hillmen spirit by joining the drive by parade around the stadium from 7:15-7:30! We want to hear you! Show your Placer Pride by decorating your cars, honking, and cheering! Let our players know that even though you’re not able to be there in person watching them, you are there in spirit for our first home game in over a year!!!! Please follow all social distancing procedures and stay in your cars. Please drive safe and obey all traffic laws too!

Go Hillmen!

Game 1: Placer @ Lincoln

After a year of uncertainty, at last it’s time for some Hillmen Football! Friday, March 12th we travel to Lincoln to face the Fighting Zebras. 

Spectators at this game will be extremely limited. Only two tickets will be given to each athlete for immediate family only. Please do not show up at the stadium expecting to buy a ticket and get in. Tickets will be color-coded for each game as all three games will be played on Friday: frosh at 3:30, JV at 5:30, and varsity at 7:30. They will clear the stadium after each game before allowing the next color-coded ticket in the gate.However, even if you can’t be there in person to cheer the Hillmen on, as always KAHI will be broadcasting the varsity game and there will also be a video livestream on Facebook!

Listen to KAHI radio’s Casey Freelove and Dave Rosenthal’s play by play on 104.5 FM, online at, or on the free KAHI phone app. 

We also will be streaming video of the game through Facebook live for free! Audio will be from Dave and Casey of KAHI. The stream will be available at game time (7:30) on the Hillmen Football Facebook page

Go Hillmen!

Summer Ball Begins June 22!

The 2020 Placer Hillmen football season is beginning!!!  

Varsity and JV will start summer ball Monday June 22 and the Frosh will start the 29th. Varsity will practice from 9-12 and JV from 2-5 Monday through Thursday. Unlike the original schedule, instead of ending on the 2nd of July we will end Thursday July 16th and will be off until the July 27th. 

Protocols outlined by Placer Union High School District and Placer County, such as daily temperature checks will be followed. Team moms will email out to the Hillmen Football families how it will work. If you haven’t heard from your team mom, email us at and we’ll make sure you’re on the email list.

Players will need to go online and get cleared like they do for the season. Go to this Placer Athletics Website to find the Athletics Registration link (where they go to get cleared) and the link for the Physical Form. THEY DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A PHYSICAL done for summer (22/29) but will need to have it done by the official start of the 27th of July (we highly recommend they get it done ASAP). 

As we get more information on the schedule, etc., we will share it here and on the Hillmen Football Facebook and Twitter pages.

Go Hillmen!

Code of the Hillmen: Pain is temporary, pride is forever!

Some thoughts on our last game and the 2019 season from Coach Erik Egan:

It’s always tough after the last game every year having kids come up to me upset and apologizing because they didn’t bring it home. It’s one of the few times I am not sure what to say to them because I know at that moment they are speaking from a place of raw emotion. But the truth is, these kids have nothing to be sorry for. Losing the last game is disappointing yes, but they didn’t let me down. 

Each week they left it all on the field, which is all one can really ask. Wins and losses matter, but 10 years from now, I won’t remember the scores of games or final records. However, I will always remember the relationships I formed with these young men and the memories we had, and in some cases, those relationships will be life long ones.

Getting to know who a kid is when the shoulder pads and helmet comes off, is one of the greatest pleasures. Every kid is unique. They come from all walks of life and each has a different story to tell. To watch them grow from boys to men from the beginning to the end of their high school careers is what makes it all worth it. It means more to me than any championship ever could.

Be sorry that it’s over, but don’t be sorry ’cause you think you let me down……’cause you didn’t. Each of you boys on some level taught me something that I will carry on with me throughout the years. I will be forever grateful to you for that.

Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of your team and your lives this year, and for you seniors, the last 3-4 years. It’s been a heck of a ride.

Hillmen Pride

Placer ended the 2019 season as the 2019 Foothill Valley League Champions: with 10 wins and 3 losses. It was their 8th league championship in a row! Here are some more amazing facts about 2019:

Of Placer’s 13 opponents, 11 made the playoffs;

Of Placer’s 3 losses, two became Section champions (Manteca, Cardinal Newman) and one was the Division 2 Section runner-up (Whitney);

Placer defeated a defending State Champion (Rio Linda) and two defending Section Champions (Bishop O’Dowd, Eureka);

Placer vanquished a previously unbeaten school (Buhach Colony) and ended their season;

Placer went undefeated in the Foothill Valley League as the school with the smallest enrollment.

And when the team took its traditional FVL champion picture at midfield, they made sure that jersey number 44 was on display, as their teammate was recovering from season-ending knee surgery and could not be there.

In the best of times, in the worst of times, and at all times: it’s great to be a Hillman!

Placer vs Buhach Colony: SJS Div III Semifinal

After defeating the Yuba City Honkers in Round 2, the Hillmen have moved on to the semifinals! Placer will be playing the Buhach Colony Thunder of Atwater on Friday, November 22, at 7 PM at home! #GoHillmen!

Look for updates here and on the Hillmen Football Facebook page, on our Twitter, and/or sign up for the Hillmen Football Newsletter!

2019 Sac-Joaquin Div III Playoff Bracket!

Placer has been given the #2 seed in the Division 3 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs! We have a bye in Round 1 and will play the winner of the Christian Brothers/Yuba City Round 1 game in Round 2 on November 15, at 7 PM at home! #GoHillmen!

Look for updates here and on the Hillmen Football Facebook page, on our Twitter, and/or sign up for the Hillmen Football Newsletter!

Foothill Valley League Play Begins This Week!

It’s October, and that means it’s FVL time! The Placer varsity team begins defending its 2018 FVL title this week in Grass Valley, as they head to Nevada Union to take on the Miners on October 4th. Then there will be two home games in a row: October 11th against the Rio Linda Knights, and October 18th, Homecoming and Senior Night, against the Oakmont Vikings. They then travel to face the Ponderosa Bruins on October 25th, finishing up the regular season at home against the Lincoln Fighting Zebras on November 11th.

Every FVL team this year enters league with a winning record, so it should be an exciting and challenging season! Placer’s tough non-league schedule has prepared them and they are ready for the battles ahead!

Go Hillmen!

Home opener on our new Field!

Field update! Placer’s brand new field looks great and will be ready to go Friday, September 6th! The freshmen will play Woodcreek tonight (September 5th) at 6 pm at Colfax High School, but the JV and Varsity games against Cardinal Newman will be at home!

Placer vs Cardinal Newman
September 6, 2019
JV at 5 PM and Varsity at 7PM

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get things ready for our home opener! #GoHillmen!

Wrapping up 2018

By Coach Erik Egan

In football most people define a team’s level of success solely by wins, losses, and championships. While these are all important components of success, the most important element of a team en route to the top of that mountain, is the love players and coaches have for one another, their desire to play for each other, and the fact that they truly want all their brothers to succeed, even if it comes at their expense. This is what made these past 2 years so successful, why they achieved all the great things they did. Their talent on the field was evident week in and week out, but it was/is who they are people……genuine young men who truly cared about those around them both on and off the field who would do anything for you without question that set them apart. They all came from different backgrounds and had different stories which made them unique. But one thing was always constant…..the unconditional love they showed each other as well as myself. Spending 5 days a week with them for 6 plus months out of the year, we shared so many great memories, laughs, and even a few tears. I am sad that the football portion of our time together is over, but I am grateful to you boys for allowing me to be a part of your incredible experience. It’s something I will never forget. In my 20 plus years of being a part of this program, you really are some of the best young men I have been around. We may not take the field together again, but you will always hold a special place in my heart, and the relationships we built will last a lifetime. Know that I love you all. Thank you for the great ride! 

2018 Season Overview
It’s Great to be a Hillman!

Overall Record 12-1

League Record 5-0