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Section Championship! Placer vs Capital Christian: 12/1/18 7:30 pm at Whitney HS

This is it! For the third year in a row Placer has advanced to the Section Championship! Come on out on Saturday, December 1 to Whitney High School in Rocklin as the Hillmen face the Capital Christian Cougars! Kickoff is at 7:30 pm. Last year Placer won the Div IV Section Championship and this year they are looking to do the same in Div III.

The Cougars are the number one seed in the Div III playoffs and like our number two seeded Hillmen, they are undefeated with a 12-0 record so this has all the makings of an outstanding game!

Go Hillmen!!

The Sac-Joaquin Division 3 Playoff Bracket Has Been Released!

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 9, at 7 PM at home! #GoHillmen!

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Twelve Hillmen Garner First Team All PVL Honors

The Hillmen dominated opponents in the PVL this season en route to their fourth straight league title. On Tuesday night, they also stole the show at the annual all league meeting. Fourteen Hillmen garnered first team All-PVL honors, including running back Owen Scott (1620 yards rushing/receiving, 24 touchdowns) who was named offensive MVP and Michael Downen (9.5 sacks, 12 TFL, 84 tackles) who grabbed defensive MVP honors. Defensive Coordinator Eric Rodarte was named coach of the year. Below are this year’s first and second team All-PVL selections.

First Team

FB Jared Halbert (928 yds, 13 touchdowns

TE Derek Haney (4 catches, 83 yards, 1 touchdown; 2 carries 46 yards, 2 touchdowns)

OL Jacob Capra

OL Diego Lopez

DE Logan Crawford (5.5 sacks, 7 TFL, 70 tackles)

DT Simeon Engle (5 sacks, 5 TFL, 61 tackles)

LB Taylor Levesque (57 tackles, 4 TFL,  2 interceptions)

LB Dallan Trentman (67 tackles, 5 TFL)

S Ryan Huston (63 tackles, 3 TFL, 5 interceptions

CB Joe Robinson (33 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 interceptions)

Second Team

QB Marcus Ante (1360 yards passing, 16 touchdowns 3 interceptions

OL Logan Moore

2015 All Pioneer Valley League Selections

2015 Hillmen Stats


Marcus Ante’s first pass as a varsity starting quarterback was a memorable one. An 80 yard scoring strike to Owen Scott, to open the flood gates as Ante and the Hillmen put on an air show, routing NU 43-7 in the season opener.  Ante threw for four touchdowns, one more to Scott (76 yards), one to Derek Haney (74 yards), and Ryan Huston ( six yards). He also had 285 yards threw the air. Morgan Robinson (six yards) and Corey Yunk (55 yards) also had touchdown runs for the Hillmen on the ground. The defense also turned in a dominate performance, limiting NU to under 100 yards of total yards before the starters left the game. For more on last nights game check out Ike Dobson’s article in the Auburn Journal!

PARTY STARTERS: Placer Hillmen open up 2015 campaign with 43-7 rout of Nevada Union

2015 Hillmen Football Schedule

2015 Pioneer Valley League Standings

Hillmen conclude impressive camp against local powers

The Hillmen wrapped up a three day camp last week which saw them go toe to toe against perennial playoff teams Inderkum and Oakdale, and a Sacramento High squad that has enjoyed some playoff success in recent seasons. On offense, behind a strong offensive line, several players turned in impressive performances, including quarterback Marcus Ante, running back Waylen Cozad, and fullback Morgan Robinson.  On defense, linebacker Brian Stangland had an impressive camp, as did cornerback Anthony Pierce, and the defensive line of Logan Crawford, the reigning PVL defensive MVP,  and defensive tackles Simeon Engle and Jacob Capra. With just over two months before the start of the season, Placer looks to be gearing up for yet another big season. After a 10 day break, the Hillmen will begin summer workouts at 4pm on June 22nd. Read all about the camp and check out some great pics in Ike Dobson’s article in the Auburn Journal!

WHO WILL STEP UP?: Camp battles determine early depth chart leaders for Placer football

Camp Photo Gallery

2015 Hillmen Football Calendar/Schedule

Hillmen kick off 2015 as three day camp begins

The Hillmen strapped on the pads for the first time Tuesday night as they began the quest for their fourth straight PVL title with the start of a three day summer camp. The camp features the defending Section III champion Oakdale Mustangs, the runner up Inderkum Tigers, and another playoff participant from last year, the Sacramento Dragons.  The camp also runs today from 5-8pm, and tomorrow from 10am-12:30pm. Check out Ike Dobson’s article in today’s Auburn Journal for a rundown of the camp and photos of the action!


Photo Gallery from Tuesday’s camp

What it means to be a Hillmen: In the words of former Player Chris James

High School football teaches boys many valuable life lessons, which help shape not only who they are today, but what they will eventually become.  Below is exactly what it means to be a Hillmen in the words of former player Chris James, class of 2012.

I got this tattoo back in May and still do not regret it to this day. To some people it may just be a number but to me its meaning is much deeper than that. Football was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was not going down a great path before highschool and really had no purpose. No where I fit in. I had friends but not all of them were good people. Football gave me a reason to do well in school and in life in general. It gave me a reason to be the best I could. It also gave me a place to feel safe. No matter what was going on when I strapped up I felt at home. My teammates and coaches were like a second family to me. They pushed me beyond my limits and made me realize how strong I could be. Not just physically but mentally. I appreciate every single person I played with, coached me, and supported me or my team. They helped me through a lot and I am eternally grateful. I would do anything for any of my brothers and would have any of their backs. I am happy that I got to experience this thing that a lot of people don’t even get the opportunity to do. I would not give up a single day of it for anything. Football was the best thing that ever happened to me as it kept me from possibly going down a dark path. It helped me realize how hard I can push myself, how important teamwork is, and gave me a place to channel my anger. All of this is represented on my right bicep and I wear it proudly. I am currently working at playing again be it at Sierra or somewhere else and if you do not believe in me then let me know. It will make it a lot sweeter when I do it. And if you do believe in me you can let me know too. If you are not there through my failures do not expect to be there in my success.

Hillmen look to continue to build momentum tonight at home against Sheldon

Fresh off a convincing 55-0 victory last Friday night against Pioneer, the Hillmen (1-1) will look to continue to build momentum tonight at home against Sheldon (1-1).  Following their strong performance last week, Placer’s defense faces another stiff challenge, as the Huskies have a lot of speed on the offensive side of the ball. Offensively,  the backfield figures to get a boost with the return of running back Austin Hess, who missed last week’s game due to injury.  Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.  If you can’t make it to the game, tune in to 950AM KAHI to hear all the action! You can also follow us for live in-game scoring updates on Twitter! Click on the link below to read tonight’s game preview in the Auburn Journal.

Hillmen look to continue to build momentum tonight at home against Sheldon

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 2014 Season Stats

2014 Placer Football Schedule

2014 PVL Standings

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Hillmen rout Pioneer 55-0 for first win of the season

Led by a strong ground attack and a stingy defensive effort, the Hillmen routed Pioneer 55-0 for their first win of the season. Running back Owen Scott scored on runs of 20 and 13 yards, and Logan Markstein scampered 46 yards to pay dirt and Placer jumped out to a commanding 20-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. It was more of the same in the second quarter as fullback Jared Halbert scored a pair of touchdowns, and quarterback Clark Pietromonaco connected with tight end Tyler Gums for an 18 yard scoring strike to give the Hillmen a commanding 41-0 lead. The offensive line turned in a solid performance, opening up holes for the running backs all night long.  The defense was equally as strong, holding Pioneer to just 45 yards in the first half.  Linebacker Ryan Gray had a big fumble recovery in the first half, and Ryan Huston and Corey Yunk each had an interception. Friday night was the first shutout by Placer since head coach Joey Montoya took over in 2007. The JV lost a tough one 58-36, and the Freshman picked up their first win of the season with a 50-6 victory on Thursday night. Click the link below to read more about it!

Hillmen Rout Pioneer 55-0

PVL Standings

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