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Placer football gets a big lift

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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The Placer High football team kicked off a busy month Tuesday with a full afternoon of activity, including an impressive display in the weight room at the annual lift-a-thon fundraiser. After going through drills under the watchful eyes of scouts from USC and UCLA on the practice field, junior Eddie Vanderdoes did not disappoint at the lift-a-thon. The 6-4, 295-pound Vanderdoes power cleaned 335 pounds ? the top lift of the day. Junior defensive lineman James Hubbard showed his improved strength with a lift of 315 and newcomer Nate Duvall had a 300-pound lift. Duvall transferred from Golden Sierra earlier this year. ?We?re doing some lifts this year that aren?t normal for most teams,? Placer coach Joey Montoya said. ?It?s the strongest team I?ve ever had, by quite a bit.? The event served as a fundraiser for the program. Montoya said most of the players brought in upwards of $300 for their efforts. Placer will be on the practice field for non-contact drills this week before facing Nevada Union in a 7-on-7 scrimmage on Monday. Next Wednesday the players will split up into two teams for the inaugural Hillmen Classic flag football game at 6 p.m. Also on tap for June are a three-day camp at Pioneer High in Woodland, a youth camp June 25-28 and the start of summer football. ?It?s a lot of fun,? Montoya said. ?The kids have great attitudes. They?re a fun group to work with and they?re very competitive. Our theme for the year is ?One day at a time,? and today was a very good day for the Hillmen.?