Saturday Aug 28 2010
Hospitality reserved for Placer fans
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
Pity isn’t something you’ll often see on a football field, even in the midst of a lopsided game in which the outcome is already decided. Football players are trained to go full speed, all-out, until the whistle blows. Even in a blowout, it’s imperative that the players play hard. As any coach will tell you, injuries often happen when a player isn’t going full speed and he runs into another player that is giving all-out effort. So you can’t really blame Zach Scott for taking little mercy on the visiting Vallejo players, who could muster little response to Placer’s onslaught Friday night at Le Febvre Stadium. Asked if he felt sorry for the Apaches, who suited up just 22 players for the game, Scott was honest. “Uh… no,” the senior said. “We were just out there playing. That’s football.” Vallejo’s team draws from an enrollment of more than 2,100 kids. But many players on the undermanned team were winded after the first quarter and by the second half they had little fight left in them. Meanwhile Placer’s second and third string players hit the field hungry for action and bursting with energy. The Hillmen sideline bustles with nearly 60 players – a testament to the excitement around the program. While Placer’s enrollment has dipped to under 1,300 students, the football program seems to still be gaining steam. … While the Vallejo visitors were whipped on the field, one family received a warm gesture from some Place supporters. A family of five from Vallejo arrived at the east entrance to Le Febvre Stadium after a three-hour drive, only to realize they didn’t have the cash to pay for admission to the game. Overhearing the Vallejo fans’ dilemma, a couple of Hillmen supporters stepped up and offered to pay for the family’s admission. Those Placer fans were winners in more than one way Friday night. … Many of the top ultrarunners in the world were all geared up for the prestigious Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc this weekend in the mountains of France, but the race did not happen. The leaders were about 20 miles into the race when organizers cancelled the event due to nasty weather they feared might cause mudslides and/or other dangerous conditions. Hundreds of runners were left to make other plans. Some ran an abbreviated race held Saturday while others headed to Italy for the Sky Running Marathon World Championships. Spanish phenom Killian Jornet was the two-time defending UTMB champion and had a slim lead when the race was halted Friday. Among those chasing him were 2010 Western States champion Geoff Roes and seven-time WS champ Scott Jurek. Greg Soderlund is one who can certainly feel the pain of those disappointed runners who trained for months, even years, for Europe’s most prestigious ultramarathon. Western States’ race director was forced to make the agonizing decision to cancel Western States back in 2008 when smoke from wildfires made conducting the race a serious hazard.