THE ART OF BEING PERFECT: 10-0 Placer Hillmen join illustrious list of programs that enjoyed perfect regular seasons on the local gridironBy: Mike Ray of the Auburn Journal
Perfect regular season teams
1959 Placer 7-0 No CIF playoffs
1975 Placer 9-0 Def. Manteca, 20-6, CIF finals
1977 Placer 9-0 Def. Ponderosa, 33-7, CIF finals
1980 Placer 9-0 Def. Ponderosa, 35-8, CIF finals
1993 Del Oro 10-0 Def. Manteca, 16-0, CIF finals
1994 Del Oro 10-0 Def. Rio Americano, 22-0, CIF finals
Bear River 10-0 Def. G. Sierra, 3-0, CIF finals
1995 Del Oro 10-0 Def. by Sonora, 24-3, CIF finals
1997 Bear River 9-0-1 Def. By West, 27-24, CIF semis,
1998 Colfax 10-0 Def. by Escalon, 17-12, CIF semi-finals
2002 Colfax 10-0 Def. Manteca, 33-30, CIF finals
2004 Colfax 10-0 Def. by Manteca, 16-14, 1st round
Del Oro 10-0 Def. by Oak Ridge, 34-27, CIF finals
2005 Del Oro 10-0 Def. Rocklin, 18-15, CIF finals
2006 Colfax 10-0 Def. by Manteca, 34-14, CIF finals
2011 Colfax 10-0 Def. by L. Ranch, 34-33, 2nd round
2012 Placer 10-0 Def. by Escalon, 27-26, 2nd round
2015 Placer 10-0 ????
The undefeated season is a milestone that high school football teams are always chasing. After all, nobody wants to lose.
However, going undefeated isn't a very realistic goal. As most prep football coaches will tell you, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
So much has to go into an undefeated season. Good players, good coaching, preferred scheduling, staying healthy, and sometimes the good fortunes of the bouncing pigskin.
Placer High’s current team just completed a perfect 10-0 regular season. It was the second time in the past four seasons that the Hillmen have gone through the regular schedule unscathed.
Since 1955, some 50 years ago, in the foothills area, undefeated regular seasons have been chalked up during the regular season by local area teams – Placer, Del Oro, Colfax and Bear River - 18 times.
Of those 18 undefeated squads, and not counting Placer’s 1959 championship squad because CIF playoffs didn’t exist, only seven times did a section championship lie at the end of a perfect season rainbow.
“It’s hard to do,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello, whose 2002 team went 10-0 then capped a 13-0 season with a 33-30 win over Manteca in the CIF Div. III finals.
“We might have been better in 2003 (12-1) but we lost a league game to Oakmont,” Martello added. “It’s tough. You have to be good and stay healthy from August to December.”
Under coaches John Fletcher and Bob Christensen, Del Oro put together a three-year regular season run of 10-0 seasons from 1993 to 1995 but only won two CIF crowns (’93 and ’94).
Placer, under legendary coaches Bill Miller and Tom Johnson, posted 9-0 regular seasons in 1975, 1977 and 1980 and all three times went on to win (at the time two-game playoff formats) CIF titles.
Bear River’s glory year came in 1994 when the Bruins went 10-0 and then defeated Golden Sierra, 3-0, in the rain and mud at the Univeraity of Pacific. The next season, the Bruins fell to Vanden, 28-10, in the title game. The Bruins also had a 9-0-1 season in 1997 when they shared the SFL title with Del Oro
“Those undefeated seasons don’t come along too often so you have to savor them,” said Logue. “But they are special.”