Placer’s fate up in the air

Prep Football Primer
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Joey Montoya isn’t exactly sure what his Placer High football team is playing for tonight in its regular season finale against Foothill. The Hillmen have a shot at a piece of the Pioneer Valley League title, but only if Bear River beats Colfax tonight. Placer may have a shot at the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff bracket. Then again, the Hillmen could conceivably wind up in the Division III bracket when the pairings are announced Saturday evening. Placer is mostly concerned with taking care of business at Le Febvre Stadium. “From a talent standpoint, they’re scary,” Montoya said of Foothill. “It’s a team you don’t want to give momentum to because if they have confidence they can play with anybody.” The Mustangs feature senior Terrell Corbett, who is leading the PVL in rushing with 1,139 yards. Placer senior Josh Turney is close behind, but Montoya said he might not play due to nagging injuries. The Hillmen defense is out to make a statement of its own. “We’ve only given up 53 points in league and we want to be the top defense in the PVL,” Montoya said. “We can accomplish that if we play well.” Bear River (7-2) at Colfax (7-2) All eyes will be on Marson Stadium tonight as the Falcons look to cap off a perfect run through the PVL. Colfax followed up its stunning 24-21 win over Placer with a 28-7 romp at Lincoln last week. Meanwhile the Bruins have won three in a row since their loss at Placer and could claim a share of the PVL crown with a win. Bear River’s rushing game, which averages more than 270 yard per game, will test the Falcons’ stout defense. Josh Toft and Sam Houston are a tough combination. Quarterback James Harris has come on strong in recent weeks with help from tight end Brandon Wooner. The Colfax offense has used its signature balance to get the job done. Junior quarterback Austin Young spreads the ball around, averaging 186 yards passing per game with 21 touchdowns. Senior running back Tommy Baldoni has a shot at the PVL rushing title, heading into the game with 1,107 yards. The longtime rivals put on a thrilling show last year with Colfax rallying for a 31-30 victory in a game played on Monday night due to a flu outbreak at Bear River. “To play them in week 10 again and for the game to really mean something and carry the magnitude that it does, it’s great for both communities,” Bear River coach Scott Savoie said. “Colfax is a lot like us. They seem to be getting better and better. They’ve responded from their early losses. It’s an exciting game on several levels.” Woodcreek (5-4) at Del Oro (5-4) The Golden Eagles look to finish off their tremendous turnaround with a win at Homecoming. They can claim a share of the Sierra Foothill League title and likely a top seed in the playoffs – whether in Division II or III — with a win. The Timberwolves (1-3 SFL) are seeking another league win to qualify for the playoffs. Del Oro’s defense has emerged as a strength in SFL play while the running game is churning thanks to senior Kenny Andri and junior Nick O’Sullivan. Delta (9-0) at Foresthill (7-3) The Wildfires can spoil the Saints’ perfect season and claim their first Sacramento Metro Athletic League title with a win. Foresthill has not lost since a 28-12 defeat at Delta back on Oct. 1.