Following their 65-52 victory last week against previously undefeated Patterson, the Hillmen (12-0) continue their playoff quest tonight with a showdown against top-seeded and also undefeated Central Catholic (12-0), with a birth in the Division III section championship game at stake. The Hillmen have churned out 1024 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in two playoffs games thanks to excellent offensive line play. The performance of the offensive line will be pivotal tonight as they will look to open up holes for Owen Scott (1487 yards rushing, 21 touchdowns), Jared Halbert (1146 yards rushing, 18 touchdowns), and Waylen Cozad (858 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns), against a solid Central Catholic defensive line. On the defensive side of the ball, the Hillmen will be faced with the challenge of containing running backs Justin Rice (1685 yards, 18 touchdowns), Jared Rice (898 yards, 12 touchdowns), and Montell Bland (347 yards, 12 touchdowns). Quarterback Hunter Petlansky also serves as a dual threat with 1371 yards passing and 14 touchdowns, and 658 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Placer quarterback Marcus Ante is coming off a strong game last week in which he threw two touchdown passes, including a 65 yard strike to Scott and will look to keep the momentum rolling tonight. Come on out and support your Hillmen in what figures to be an exciting battle tonight at 7pm! If you can’t make it out to the game, tune in to AM 950 KAHI to hear all the action, or follow us on Twitter for live in-game updates!
The Hillmen (12-0) took their offensive show on the road Friday night and did not disappoint, piling up 656 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns, to tame the Patterson Tigers (11-1) 65-52, setting up a showdown with undefeated Central Catholic this Friday night. Owen Scott continued his impressive run with 450 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, Waylen Cozad added 148 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, and Jared Halbert had 118 yards and a touchdown on the ground as well, as the offensive line once again controlled the line of scrimmage, leading the way for the offensive explosion. Quarterback Marcus Ante turned in a solid performance with a pair of touchdown passes, including a 64 yard strike to Scott. Defensively, Michael Downen wreaked havoc up front with seven tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a forced fumble. Logan Crawford had eight tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a sack, and Jacob Capra also added a sack. Ryan Huston had 11 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, and Derek Haney, who was also on the receiving end of Ante’s second touchdown pass, had a key interception for the Placer. The Hillmen will travel to Modesto to take on top seeded Raiders next with a berth in the section championship game on the line. To read more about Friday night’s victory, check out today’s article in the Auburn Journal!
The undefeated Hillmen will hit the road tonight to take on Patterson in a battle of unbeatens tonight in round two of the Sac Joaquin Division III playoffs. Last week, the Hillmen (11-0) defeated River City in the opening round, piling up 487 yards on the ground, and coming up with some key defensive stops late in the game to secure a 55-41 victory. Owen Scott (309 yards, four touchdowns last week) will look to continue his torrid run which has seen him rack up 911 yards of offense and 13 touchdowns in the last three games. Fullback Jared Halbert who went over 1000 yards for the season last week with his 100 yard, four touchdown performance against River Valley has also been a key cog in the ground attack. Waylen Cozad who returned from injury with several bruising blocks and some nice runs, give the Hillmen a potent trio on the ground as they gear up for a playoff run. The offensive line which once again controlled the line of scrimmage against River Valley much like they have all year, will be key tonight against Patterson. One of the biggest keys for the Hillmen offensively will be protecting the football. Patterson (11-0) forced nine fumbles and recovered seven in their 73-42 victory over Yuba City. Defensively, Placer will look to build off of their strong second half performance last week, which included strong play up front by the defensive line and big plays from the linebackers and the secondary. They will be faced with the task of containing Patterson’s athletic backfield of Michael Lawson (709 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns, 492 yards receiving seven touchdowns), Jamal Broussard (794 yards, 8 touchdowns), and Alec Espos (407 yards rushing, four touchdowns, 407 yards receiving, five touchdowns). It figures to be an exciting night of football! Kickoff is set for 7 pm. If you can’t make it out to the game, tune in to KAHI 950 to hear all the action. Follow us on Twitter for live in-game scoring updates!
After capping off an undefeated regular season last Friday night against Colfax, the Hillmen (10-0) are primed and ready to begin their playoff run tonight in the opening round of the Division III playoffs against River Valley (8-2). The Hillmen with be getting several key starters back. Linebacker Brian Stangland who has been out since week three, running back Waylen Cozad, and center Jack Petty. One of the biggest keys to the game will be the battle in the trenches. Placer has been dominant up front on both sides of the ball this season. Jacob Capra, Diego Lopez, Jack Petty, Logan Moore, Tyler Mader, and Alex Houston will look to neutralize a strong River Valley front four on defense. On defense, Michael Downen, Simeon Engle, Logan Crawford, Capra, and Lopez have consistently pressured opposing quarterbacks all year and will be looking to do the same against River City’s Avery Gould. Offensively, running backs Owen Scott and Jared Halbert will look to continue their recent run of success on the ground, and figure to get a boost with the return of Cozad, who was also having an impressive season prior to his injury. Tight end Derek Haney has also been impressive of late, and quarterback Marcus Ante has turned in solid performances in recent weeks. River City is led offensively by running backs Dante Love, Clarence Pierson, wide receiver JoJo Penn, and Gould. It promises to be an exciting night of football. Kickoff is set for 7 pm. Come out and support your Hillmen! If you can’t make it out to the game, tune in to KAHI 950 to hear all the action. Follow us on Twitter for live in-game scoring updates!
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.
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)
QB Marcus Ante (1360 yards passing, 16 touchdowns 3 interceptions
OL Logan Moore
Fresh off capturing their fourth straight PVL title, the Hillmen will look to cap off a perfect regular season tonight at home against arch rival Colfax. The Hillmen (9-0, 4-0) have been playing well on both sides of the ball since league play began, beating opponents by an average of 26 points per game. Defensively, Placer turned in perhaps it’s most dominating performance of the year last week, limiting an explosive Lincoln offense to to seven points. All tolled, the starters have allowed just 41 points in four league games, by far the best total by a Hillmen defense since the last undefeated team in 2012. Offensively, Placer has been a well balanced machine, lighting up the scoreboard to the tune of 40 points a game so far in league. If Placer defeats Colfax. they will capture their second undefeated regular season in the past four seasons. Colfax (3-6, 1-3) has had an up and down season, and is coming off a 56-33 defeat to Foothill, which eliminated them from playoff contention. The Hillmen currently own a three game winning streak over the Falcons, and will be looking to continue to build momentum as they gear up for the playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm with the JV starting at 5:15. If you can’t make it out to the game, tune in to KAHI 950 to hear all the action. Follow us on Twitter for live in-game scoring updates!
Owen Scott had 300 yards of total offense and five touchdowns, and the defense shut down Lincoln’s potent offense as the Hillmen routed Lincoln 49-7 to clinch their fourth straight PVL title. It took Scott just under three minutes into the first quarter to find the end zone, as he scampered for a 16 yard touchdown run to kick off his big night. He then scored from 11 yards out near the end of the first quarter, and added a two-point conversion to put the Hillmen ahead to stay 14-7. Fullback Jared Halbert continued his impressive season, scoring on a 53 yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 21-7. Scott scored from one yard out for his third touchdown of the night. Following a 53 yard touchdown pass to Derek Haney, Ante connected with Scott for an 82 yard touchdown pass to put Placer in front 42-7. Scott scored on a 57 yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to close out the scoring. He finished with 204 yards rushing and 96 yards receiving. Defensively, the Hillmen held a Zebra offense that had been averaging 53 points per game in the PVL to just seven points. Placer forced four turnovers on the night. Taylor Levesque picked off Elijah Garcia twice, and Joe Robinson also added an interception. Chris Mcdonell forced a fumble, which was recovered by Michael Downen. The Hillmen starting defense has allowed just 41 points in four league games so far this season, tops in the PVL. The Hillmen will close out the regular season Friday at home against rival Colfax at 7:30pm. To read more about Friday’s PVL clinching victory, check out Ike Dobson’s story in the Auburn Journal. Also Friday night, the JV (7-2, 4-0) shut out Lincoln 19-0 to clinch a share of the PVL title. If they beat Colfax this Friday night, they will clinch their second straight outright PVL championship. The game will kick off at 5:15 pm. The Freshman routed Lincoln 48-12 to improve to keep their undefeated 9-0 record in tact. They will also face off against Colfax (8-1, 4-0) for the PVL championship Thursday at 5:30pm.
There is no place like home. Following their long four game road trip, the Hillmen finally return home for the first time since September 18th to face Lincoln tonight, needing just one win to secure their fourth straight PVL title. The Hillmen (8-0, 3-0) are coming off arguably their most impressive victory of the season against Bear River, and will looking to continue to build momentum as they head towards the playoffs. Lincoln (5-3, 2-1) is coming off a 69-62 defeat to Foothill. The Zebras offense has been carrying them all year, as they are averaging 53 points a game in PVL play. They are led by quarterback Elijah Garcia (20 touchdowns, 2066 yards), running backs Elijah Cunningham (922 yards, 19 touchdowns), Ryan Graham (801 yards, 10 touchdowns), and wide receiver Caleb Kettlehut (1017 yards receiving, 15 touchdowns). However, they will be facing their toughest challenge of the season in the Hillmen defense. In three league games so far this season, the defensive starters have allowed just 33 points. Anchored by a strong defensive line of Michael Downen (8.5 sacks, 69 tackles, 11 tackles for loss), Logan Crawford (5.5 sacks, 59 tackles, six tackles for loss) Simeon Engle ( four sacks, 45 tackles, three tackles for loss), and Jacob Capra and Diego Lopez who have split time at the other tackle spot, the starting defense has given up the the fewest points during league. The Linebacking corp of Dallan Trentman, Taylor Levesque, and Derek Haney has also been solid for Placer. Senior Brian Stangland who has been out since the second game of the season, is eyeing a return in week one of the playoffs, which will provide a huge boost defensively. Ryan Huston and Anthony Pierce have been stellar all season long in the secondary, and Joe Robinson and Chris Mcdonell have been playing well of late as well. Offensively, the Hillmen have been racking up 37 points per game in the PVL, thanks to a well balanced attack. The offensive line has been dominant up front this season has opened up holes for the running game, which has been particularly strong of late. Led by Jared Halbert (717 yards, 10 touchdowns), Waylen Cozad (623 yards and seven touchdowns), and Owen Scott (491 yards, seven touchdowns). The Hillmen will be without Cozad for a few weeks as he recovers from a knee injury, but he should return for the first game of the playoffs. In his place, Mikey Ferreria and Mcdonell will look to fill the void. Derek Haney, Robinson, and Xavier Lovelace, have made key plays in the passing game in recent weeks for the Hillmen. Quarterback Marcus Ante (14 touchdowns, 1085 yards) has been solid all season long, and will look to exploit a Lincoln defense which has allowed 125 points in the last three games. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm with the JV starting at 5:15. Tune in to KAHI 950 to hear all the action. Follow us on Twitter for live in-game scoring updates!
Owen Scott and Derek Haney scored fourth quarter touchdowns, and Mikey Ferreria caused a fumble on a kickoff return, as the Hillmen (8-0) came through with big plays in the clutch to defeat Bear River 26-14 in a PVL showdown. Trailing 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter, fullback Jared Halbert (156 yards rushing) and Owen Scott (74 yards rushing, two touchdowns), went to work on the ground, shredding the Bruin defense with several huge runs, to set up Scott’s one yard touchdown run with three and a half minutes left to put Placer ahead for good 19-14. Following the go ahead score, Ferreria stripped the ball from Dave Mastrella and Ryan Huston recovered it, and Derek Haney delivered an 11 yard touchdown run to put the game away. The defense also came up huge Friday night for the Hillmen, including key sacks on the final drive by Logan Crawford and Micheal Downen. Ryan Huston, Joe Robinson, and Anthony Pierce had strong games in the secondary as well. With the victory, the Hillmen are now just one win away from capturing their fourth PVL title. To read more about Friday’s thrilling victory, check out Ike Dobson’s article in the Auburn Journal! Also Friday, Mario Perez scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and Jonny Callahan intercepted a pass to secure a 25-22 victory to improve to 6-2 overall, and 3-0 in the PVL. On Thursday night, the freshman defeated Bear River 41-6 to move to 8-0 on the year. Michael Stuck threw a touchdown pass to Christian Evensen, and the Hillmen scored five touchdowns on the ground (Jorge Maldonado 2, Makell Jones (2), and Marshall Chapman). The Hillmen will return home for the first time in six weeks to take on Lincoln Friday night at 7:30pm. The JV game will start at 5:15pm. The Freshman game will be held Thursday at 5:15pm.
The game that both schools have been anticipating all season is finally here. In a battle of unbeatens, the Hillmen (7-0) and Bear River Bruins (7-0) will take the field tonight with the inside track to the PVL title on the line. Both teams boast strong lines on both sides of the ball, so one of the biggest keys to the game will be the battle in the trenches. The Hillmen offensive line of Jacob Capra, Diego Lopez, Logan Moore, Tyler Mader, and Alex Houston, Jack Petty, and Seth Horton have been phenomenal all season. This group will face perhaps one of their stiffest challenges of the season, but are more than ready for the challenge. Defensively, Bear River has been strong all season, allowing just under 11 points per game in PVL play. Gunnar Simpson leads the unit with eight sacks, 47 tackles, and six tackles for a loss. Connor Hollister, and Dave Mastrella are also having strong seasons for the Bruins. The Bear River defense will faced with the task of trying to slow down a potent Hillmen offense which as averaged 42.5 points per game in the PVL. Owen Scott (1067 total yards, 12 touchdowns) Waylen Cozad (591 yards rushing, six touchdowns), and Jared Halbert (561 yards, 10 touchdowns), have led a potent rushing attack. Derek Haney (210 yards, three touchdowns), and Joe Robinson (150 yards, two touchdowns), have had solid games receiving in recent weeks as well. Defensively, the Hillmen have only allowed one offensive touchdown to Bear River in three years, and will be looking to continue that trend. The defensive front of Michael Downen (59 tackles, eight sacks, 10 TFL), Logan Crawford (52 tackles, 4.5 sacks, six TFL), Simeon Engle (38 tackles, three sacks, two TFL), and Diego Lopez and Capra who have rotated in with each other have been lights out so far this season. Dallan Trentman (44 tackles, two TFL), Taylor Levesque (38 tackles, 2 TFL), and Derek Haney (28 tackles, 2 TFL) have been solid at the linebacker position. Ryan Huston, who leads the team with five interceptions, Cozad, Anthony Pierce, and Robinson have led the way in the secondary. This group will look to shut down WR Ben O’lena (397 yards, four touchdowns), Mostrella (151 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns), and running back Austin Baze (eight touchdowns). It promises to be an exciting night of action! if you can’t make it, tune in to KAHI 950 to hear all the action. Follow us on Twitter for live in-game scoring updates! The JV game will begin at 5:15pm. Check out Mike Ray’s article on tonight’s showdown in the Auburn Journal!