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Placer manhandles Foothill

Hillmen improve to 6-0 after rout in Pioneer Valley League opener
By: Matthew Kimel / Journal sports editor
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Placer High sure knows how to schedule a homecoming opponent. The Hillmen ran for three touchdowns, threw for two and Tony Suverkropp returned an interception for a score … all in the first quarter. After jumping out to quite-possibly-a-school-record 41-0 lead after 12 minutes, Placer went on to beat Foothill 68-14 in the Pioneer Valley League opener Friday night at LeFebvre Stadium. “We still have a lot of stuff we need to work on,” said Placer’s Eddie Vanderdoes, who was named the homecoming king at halftime. “We still haven’t played our best game yet. We need to keep getting better at the little things.” Last week the Hillmen (6-0, 1-0 PVL) were scheduled as Woodcreek’s homecoming opponent, and that didn’t settle well with the team. The Hillmen responded with a 54-14 victory, spoiling Woodcreek’s celebration. This week the Hillmen certainly weren’t going to let Foothill (1-5, 0-1 PVL) ruin their special night. “The score speaks for itself,” said two-way lineman Jake Lewis. In the opening quarter, the Hillmen defense forced three turnovers and three three-and-outs. After six minutes, PHS held a 21-point lead and the outcome of the game was never in doubt. Hillmen quarterback Peter Denham, whose services were needed for just one quarter, tossed touchdowns to Stone Sander and Isaac Brahce. Backup quarterback Logan Strange connected with Sander for a TD, too. Brahce, Todd Vallerie, Michael Robinson, Cameron Scott, Nathan Ralls and Chris James all rushed for Hillmen scores. “Every young man that got in the end zone tonight is well deserving of it,” coach Joey Montoya said. “Anytime you get to get all of your kids in, it’s a special night. Fortunately for us, just about every game but a couple we’ve been able to do that. It’s been a great blessing.” Carlos Saghun had an interception, Michael Valdez recovered a fumble and Wyatt Decker recorded a sack for Placer, which preserved a shutout until Dillon Paris scored a TD with 1:14 left in the third quarter. The Hillmen are anticipating a tougher assignment next week when they host unbeaten Bear River (6-0, 1-0 PVL) in a league bout. “Bear River is a great football team, they’re very well coached and they’re very hungry,” Montoya said. “And I’m sure they believe they can beat us. It’s going to be an absolute great, 48-minute football game.” Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel