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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!

Hillmen aim for their 4th straight PVL crown this season

Armed with a deep and talented roster, the Hillmen will aim for their 4th straight PVL crown this season. Several key starters return, including, Jake Capra, OT/DT; Mike Downen,  DE/TE; PVL defensive MVP Logan Crawford DE/TE; Simeon Engle DT; Marcus Ante QB; Owen Scott RB; Ryan Huston WR/DB; Brian Stangland MLB, Diego Lopez G/DT; Jared Halbert FB/LB; and fellow seniors Derek Haney TE; and Chris McDonell S/RB;, Waylan Cozad RB/S; and Joe Robinson WR/CB; give the Hillmen even more fire power on the gridiron this  fall. Mikey Ferreira, Jr. RB/DB; Dallan Trentman, Jr. LB; Alex Houston, Jr. OT; Logan Moore, Jr. OG, headline a group of juniors who figure to be big contributors this season as well. Check out Ike Dobson’s Hillmen season preview in the Auburn Journal!  The season kicks off Friday night at Nevada Union High School at 7:30pm. You can hear all the action on 950AM KAHI. You can also follow us on Twitter for live scoring updates!

2015 Hillmen Football Preview

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2015 Hillmen Football Schedule

2015 Pioneer Valley League Standings

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Hillmen coaching staff features several familiar faces

The code of the Hillmen is: Pain is temporary. Pride is forever. Well it’s that pride and passion for the program that has brought several familiar faces back to the sidelines to be a part of the Hillmen coaching staff. This year’s coaching staff features 11 former Placer alumni. To read more about them check out Ike Dobson’s article in the Auburn Journal!

FOREVER HILLMEN: Placer Football coaches are devoted to their alma mater

2015 Hillmen Football Schedule

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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.

Placer faces Vista Del Lago in Final preseason tuneup

Riding a wave of momentum that has seen them outscore opponents 181-34 over the last three games, Placer (3-1) returns home to face Vista Del Lago (1-3) tonight in the final preseason tuneup.

The Hillmen, who have been lighting up the scoreboard at a blistering pace so far this season, scoring touchdowns on 26 of their last 29 possessions, will be without FB Cole Blackwell tonight, but have several players who are more than capable of stepping up. Jared Halbert (187 yards, five TDs) will get the start at fullback.  WR/CB Dom Perez also returns to action tonight, adding another weapon to Placer’s potent offensive attack.

The Hillmen defense which has been dominating over the past three games, will face their stiffest challenge to date as they will go up against an Eagle offense which has averaged 43 points per game this season. Vista Del Lago QB Matt Jimison (1,035 yards passing, 12 TDs) has several talented weapons at his disposal. RBs Dylan Hacket (301 yards, 2 TDs),  Colby Carrera (321 yards, 6 TDs) headline a strong backfield, and  WRs Blake Martin (26 catches, 264 yards, 3 TDs) and Brad Rittenhouse (19 catches, 233 yards, 3 TDs) lead a well rounded offense for the Eagles.

Kickoff is set for 7:30pm. 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.

Placer faces Vista Del Lago in final preseason tuneup

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2014 Placer Football Schedule

2014 PVL Standings

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Montoya, Placer seeking 3rd straight PVL title in ’14

Beginning with it’s battle with Nevada Union tonight, Placer and head coach Joey Montoya will be seeking their 3rd straight PVL title in ’14. The dawn of a new season brings with it a sense of excitement and a fresh set of challenges, but the  goal remains the same: keep the PVL banner on the Hill.  Following an undefeated league campaign in 2012, Placer followed that up with a strong performance in league play (4-1) to capture yet another championship last season. The road through the Pioneer Valley League will be a challenging one, with Bear River featuring a physical and talented team, Lincoln returning several key starters and hiring a new respected coach,  Colfax is always tough, and co-champs Center has talent once again at a few skill positions. However, lead by several returning seniors and a strong junior class,  Placer is poised to defend it’s crown in what promises to be another exciting season! Read about the 2014 season preview in today’s Auburn Journal.

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2014 Placer Hillmen Football Schedule

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Hillmen Deep, Talented at WR in ’14

Heading into the 2014 season,  the Placer Hillmen offensive attack features a deep, talented receiving corps. Led By Frankie O’Neal, Ryan Huston, Zack Madrigal, Dom Perez, and Anthony Pierce, Placer is poised for a big year through the air. Check out this article written by the Auburn Journal’s Matthew Kimel about this group of exciting pass catchers.