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Mangino’s big night not enough for Hillmen

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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LOOMIS — When Joe Mangino goes for a run on the football field everything goes quiet as he zones in on his destination — the endzone. The Placer High senior running back may have left the field of Friday night’s clash against rival Del Oro with a heavy heart, but he also played with a lot of heart. Mangino rushed past Del Oro’s mighty defense for 121 rushing yards in the first half as Placer built a 12-7 lead. A couple of long sprints, including one for 81 yards made him a standout. He said on runs like that, extreme focus clicks on. “It kind of all goes silent and I just focus on the endzone,” Mangino said. Mangino fnished with a game-high 213 yards on 19 carries. It’s the most yardage any back has gained on the Golden Eagles’ defense all season. On one of Mangino’s drives, Del Oro senior Russell Smith chased him down the field, before he was finally brought down by Golden Eagles teammate senior Blake Covey. “I didn’t prepare for him especially. I just focus on the whole game,” Smith said. Although Placer won’t continue on the road to a section championship, Mangino said this year’s Hillmen team has been especially close. “It was a very good start and tonight we just lost to a better team,” Mangino said. “We all played our hearts out.” Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.