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Placer whacks Woodland, 58-20

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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WOODLAND — It didn’t take long for the Placer High football team to make the sting of its first loss of the season a distant memory.
Junior Tyler Graves pounced on an onside kick on the opening kickoff and Colin Burnett tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Koal Swisley in the first 35 seconds of the game.
The Hillmen never let up in a 58-20 romp Friday night.
Senior Josh Turney rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Placer’s defense blanketed Woodland’s spread offense most of the night, led by defensive linemen Colton Davenport and Eddie Vanderdoes.
"It felt great to get back on track," Placer defensive back Cameron Hennen said. "All week, the loss was on our mind. We jumped on them early and we ddin’t want to let them get back into it."
Woodland (2-2) briefly threatened to make things interesting late in the first quarter. Trailing 15-0, the Wolves marched 71 yards on 11 plays for their only score of the first half.
Placer (3-1) responded with a 48-yard TD run from Turney on the final play of the first quarter. Following a big sack by junior Colton Davenport on fourth down, Turney broke off a 78-yard scamper down the Hillmen sideline to make it 30-6 at the half.
Junior Brad Spangler had a pair of touchdown runs and junior Jordan Ralls finished off the rout with two fourth-quarter TD runs.
Sophomore Vanderdoes had a big night with one sack and two tackles for loss. Davenport had two sacks among his 10 tackles. Placer played without senior standout Zach Scott, but Conor Gray and Tanner Jay came up big alongside Vanderdoes and Davenport.
“We have a lot of depth on the line,” Davenport said. “We played a lot better this week. We didn’t want to come out flat and let them get anything going.”
Josh Chase and Graves each had interceptions in the second half to snuff out Woodland drives.
Burnett finished the game 7-for-13 passing and was replaced by backup D.J. Rodriguez midway through the third quarter.
Junior varsity
Placer 61, Woodland 21 --
The Hillmen remained unbeaten as Isaac Brahce rushed for three touchdowns behind a stout offensive line.
Bryan Berube had two touchdowns on passes from Casey Yunk, who ran in one himself. Tyler Lipsmeyer and Brendan Packheiser added TD runs. Isaiah Piniero added a late TD on a 48-yard fumble return for Placer (3-0-1).

Freshmen

Woodland 14, Placer 6  — The Hillmen took a 6-0 lead at Colter Steinheimer’s interception and return set up a 3-yard touchdown run from Todd Valliere.

But the Wolves rallied back to win the game, sending Placer to 2-2 on the season. The Hillmen drove inside the Woodland 15-yard line twice, but could not find the end zone.

Placer will face El Dorado next Thursday in Placerville.