Placer Hillmen not happy being Woodcreek's homecoming opponent

Lewis:‘It’s a slap in the face to us’
By: Matthew Kimel / Auburn Journal
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The Hillmen still aren’t looking ahead. Not even with Pioneer Valley League play looming. And the Placer High School football team might have extra motivation on the gridiron this week when they play Woodcreek at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Timberwolves (2-2) scheduled Placer (4-0) for their homecoming. “I feel like it’s a slap in the face to us,” said two-way lineman Jake Lewis. “They had the choice between us and Rocklin — I feel like they think they’re going to walk on us. That’s not going over well with us. Nobody liked the fact they picked us.” Lewis holds the belief, like many others, that a homecoming opponent is usually picked with the intention of earning a victory in front of the home crowd. “You usually schedule a for-sure win, you’re going to slaughter them,” Lewis said. “They’ve got one coming. We’re going to come out pissed. We’re going to be hungry to play that game.” Added Eddie Vanderdoes: “It’s definitely something we take personally. It makes us feel like they don’t think too much of us.” Woodcreek is coming off a 39-36 loss to Antelope, which was preceded by wins over Casa Roble and Oakmont. In Week 1, the Timberwolves were the victims of Folsom sophomore quarterback Jake Browning’s epic 10-touchdown performance. Offensively Woodcreek is fairly balanced, averaging 262.5 yards-per-game passing and 181.3 on the ground. Mitchell Layton (123.5 yards per game, six TDs) has a team-high 73 carries. Quarterback Stephen Nogosek has thrown 13 TDs on the year and rushed for 154 yards, including a run for 59 yards. “They’re a good team. Their QB is a scrambler, he’s fast,” Lewis said. “If we play our game, do what we’re taught to do, it will be a good game.” Placer coach Joey Montoya’s description of Nogosek on film made it sound like he can extend plays like the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger. “He’s good,” Montoya said of the Woodcreek signal-caller. “He makes things happen. He creates plays with his feet. When things aren’t open, he’ll scramble. It looks like he’ll run and then throw it.” When asked whether this was like a final tuneup before PVL play starts vs. Foothill next week, Montoya kept his focus on Friday’s contest. “It’s another big game,” the coach said. “Woodcreek is another good football team. They’re a dynamic offense. We’re their homecoming game. They’ll be up for us.” And for now, Placer will remain focused on getting up for Friday’s contest. “Every game to us is a big game,” Montoya said. “Every game is significant, no more important or less important. We’re really sticking to our one-day-at-a-time theme.” Reach Matthew Kimel at Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel for live updates from tonight's game at Woodcreek.