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Centi saves more than touchdowns

Sierra Scoop
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Darren Centi has played the hero for the Placer High football team on a handful of kickoff returns and long runs in recent weeks. As a speedy defensive back, and Placer’s kicker, he’s often the last line of defense between the opposition and the end zone. Centi’s most important save came away from the field last weekend. Out to dinner at Max’s Diner with his girlfriend and her family, Centi noticed a couple at a nearby table acting strange. “I was watching this couple and I thought they were fighting and then the man got up and it looked like he was going to throw up,” Centi said. “Then his wife stood up an said, ‘He can’t breathe!’” Centi jumped into action. He performed the Heimlich maneuver and on his second thrust, the man’s throat cleared and he was able to breathe again. “It was just a reaction,” Centi said. “I was up before anybody else and I just did it twice and he was alright.” The grateful man thanked Centi and insisted on buying dinner for Centi’s table of six. Centi said he remembered proper Heimlich maneuver technique from John Hilton’s class during his freshman year at Placer. Hilton, who had coached football at Placer for many years, is now an assistant at Bear River. The Hillmen host the Bruins on Friday. … Le Febvre Stadium was abuzz on Thursday night for a change, when the Colfax soccer team visited Placer last week. The atmosphere wasn’t quite like that of a Placer football game, but hundreds of fans saw a thrilling 80 minutes of the other brand of football. Even the Hillmen football team showed up to root on the green and gold, who fell to the Falcons 1-0. The football team chanted incessantly for senior Jose Arellano, who dazzled even the visiting fans with his quickness and fancy footwork. The loss dropped Placer into second place behind Foothill in the Pioneer Valley League standings. But a lot of things will likely change as the intensity picks up this month. “Everybody’s in one-goal games all around the league and these next five games are going to be competitive all the way around,” Colfax coach Jim Logan said. “This league is pretty cool in that regard.”