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Placer pushes past Patterson

Spangler rushes for 284 yards, Vanderdoes piles up four sacks as Hillmen move on to meet Del Oro
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Brad Spangler and the Placer High offense made Patterson’s massive defensive line look miniature Friday night at Le Febvre Stadium. Meanwhile junior Eddie Vanderdoes showed why he is one of the top recruits in the state. The Hillmen used a second-half surge to bury Patterson 48-28 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. Placer (9-2) will face its old Sierra Foothill League rival Del Oro (10-1) next Friday in Loomis. Spangler broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run on Placer’s first play from scrimmage, answering an 80-yard run by the Tigers’ George Garcia to open the game. The senior went on to rush for 284 yards and two TDs on just 16 carries. Senior Joe Mangino added 134 yards and two TDs on 21 carries as the Hillmen overcame Patterson’s USC-bound Pio Vatuvei (6-3, 265) and brothers Andrew and Tim Tuopola, who weigh a combined 700 pounds. “They were huge,” said Placer senior Tanner Anderson, who is not exactly small at 6-4, 280. “We pushed them around all night. In the third quarter we came out and we knew we had to finish them off. We were firing on all cylinders.” The game was tied 21-21 at the half. Placer picked up the pace on offense and Patterson could not keep pace. The Hillmen scored on a 72-yard drive to open the third. Peter Denham hit Tyler Graves with a beautiful 23-yard touchdown pass midway through the third after Vanderdoes forced a fumble and Johnny Foley recovered. Vanderdoes had the finest game of his career. The 6-4, 295-pound junior finished with four sacks. Placer’s defense came up big again after the Tigers recovered a blocked punt. The Hillmen gave up just 18 yards on four Patterson possessions in the third quarter. Placer delivered the knockout blow early in the third quarter as Michael Robinson finished off an 87-yard drive with a four-yard TD run. Patterson coach Nick Marchy said Placer’s execution was impressive. “They’re very consistent,” Marchy said. “We knew what to expect. They’re just very good at what they do. In the third quarter our tackling wasn’t the greatest. They came out a little faster than us.”