Hillmen cruise in final PVL tuneup
PLACERVILLE — There were the usual hugs and high-fives after another blowout victory for the Placer High football team Friday night at El Dorado. But the Hillmen knew the celebration would be short-lived with Bear River lurking next Friday.
Placer aced its final non-league test with a 54-10 thrashing of the Cougars in the Pick Axe Classic – the new name for the meeting between the oldest schools in Placer and El Dorado Counties.
Josh Turney rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and Darren Centi returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown as the Hillmen were never challenged.
The Placer defense was terrific again. El Dorado gained just four first down in the first half and two of those were on penalties against the Hillmen. Cougars’ star Jeremy Darr broke loose for a 59-yard run in the first half, but did little else against the swarming Placer defense.
“Last year they came out and punched us first and we didn’t want to let that happen again,” Placer linebacker Caleb Mitchell said. “I didn’t have a great game last week, so I was focused in practice and I wanted to have a good game tonight.”
Senior Josh Case set up Placer’s opening touchdown with an interception in El Dorado territory. Three plays later Turney scored on a 16-yard touchdown run. Joe Mangino followed with a 4-yard TD run on Placer’s next possession.
El Dorado got on the scoreboard with a 27-yard field goal after a big kickoff return by Gabe Derilo. But the Cougars did not score again until the final minute of the game.
Placer meanwhile tacked on a touchdown later in the second quarter when Eddie Vanderdoes blocked a punt and Chi-one Song jumped on it in the end zone for a touchdown. Turney added TD runs of 22 and 55 yards before halftime to make it 33-3.
Centi said after the win, the Hillmen immediately turned their focus to the Bruins (3-1), who had a bye Friday night.
“I’ve been wanting to start league since the summer,” he said. “We’re all really looking forward to it. We’re going to have to step our game up, but I think we’ll be ready.”
Placer 42, El Dorado 12 — Coach Jim Packheiser said the Hillmen didn’t play their sharpest game, but they had plenty of firepower to down the Cougars.
Isaac Brahce rushed for two touchdowns while Brendan Packheiser and Tyler Lipsmeyer each ran for one. Jalen Lewis returned a punt for a touchdown and Bryan Berube caught a touchdown pass from Casey Yunk.
Jacob Peek, Jake Lewis, Nathan Ralls, Corey Schlittenhart and Isaiah Pineiro led the defensive effort.
El Dorado34, Placer 26 — The Cougars pulled away in the third quarter and held on as they took advantage of four Hillman fumbles.
Logan Strange completed 3 of 4 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Todd Valliere had 68 receiving yards and 65 rushing yards with one TD. Cameron Scott ran for 157 yards and two TDs.
Noah Daley had an interception and Caleb Clement had a big game on defense.