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Placer football will be worth the long wait

Sierra Scoop
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Coaches are torn and players are grateful, but the general consensus is, the Sac-Joaquin Section’s mandatory three-week break from sports before the fall season opens is a good thing for all involved. Placer High coach Joey Montoya said it’s tough to break away just as his squad is rounding into form with less than six weeks before the season begins. But the three-week moratorium on football-related activities also gives players and coaches a chance to recharge. Montoya said he is taking 115 teenagers to a Young Life camp in Canada on Monday. After that he’s hoping to take a few days with his wife to visit Disneyland. “For me and the other coaches, come August 8, it’s a seven-day-a week job,” Montoya said. “So this is a good thing to let everyone get away and get a break. It allows the kids to be kids.” … During Wednesday’s seven-on-seven passing league scrimmage, Sutter’s players had to be shuddering when they saw Eddie Vanderdoes jog over and join the Placer huddle. The 6-3, 295-pound junior lined up for a handful of plays, showing off his uncanny speed and scaring the daylights out of a few Sutter players who were giving up 130 pounds, or so. Vanderdoes remains easy going and down to earth despite quickly becoming one of the hottest prospects in Northern California. The defensive lineman visited two college camps and received full-ride offers from both schools. Oregon State coach Mike Riley spoke with Vanderdoes last week and presented a scholarship offer. San Jose State offered last month. ... Anthony Hess had onlookers turning to each other and asking, “Who is that?” over and over again last week at Placer’s passing league contest. The impressive receiver/defensive back transferred from Burroughs High in Ridgecrest last spring. Montoya is all smiles when talking about the senior, who earned all-league honors last year at his southern California school. Playing safety, Hess led his team in tackles as Burroughs made the playoffs out of the tough Desert Sky League in the Southern Section. He’s 6-1, and 185 pounds with tremendous speed and excellent hands, adding another serious weapon to a Placer team that already had several at the skill positions. Hess is sure to distinguish himself when the season begins, but he’s already represented two of the most unique mascots you’ll ever find. Of course he’s playing for the Hillmen now. The mascot at Burroughs? The Burros, what else?