The silence of the Rams
With a 43-point lead in hand early in the third quarter, the Placer High School football team turned to its second-team offense to run out the clock during Friday night’s home opener.
Led by backup fullback Cameron Scott, the unit didn’t skip a beat.
The junior carried 18 times for 213 yards and three scores, and the Hillmen (3-0) snapped a two-game losing streak to the Casa Roble Rams with a 63-21 victory at LeFebvre Stadium.
Scott had two touchdown runs of five yards and one for 38. He also ripped off rushes of 57, 19, 16, 10 and 14 yards against the Rams (1-3).
His efforts were preceded by three Michael Robinson TDs and two more from Todd Vallerie.
“We’re very blessed to have a set of good backs, with Michael being one of the main guys,” Placer coach Joey Montoya said of his starting three-headed-monster attack of Robinson, Vallerie and Isaac Brahce. “Cameron is also going to get some playing time and he showed why tonight.”
Robinson’s hat trick of touchdowns — all in the first quarter — helped build a 21-0 lead. Vallerie’s pair of scores gave the Hillmen a 36-0 at half.
“It’s nice when we get a lead like that,” Robinson said. “We can put in our second team. Everybody gets playing time and everybody gets better.”
Robinson, a three-year varsity player, was impressed by Scott’s outing.
“He did great (Friday),” Robinson said. “He’s looking fantastic. I think next year’s he going to do really well.”
The win marked the second straight week Placer’s second-unit offense got playing time and a running clock was used in the fourth quarter.
Placer’s starting defense dominated and didn’t allow a single point Friday night.
Isaiah Pineiro had two interceptions and Casey Yunk capitalized on a pick-six. Eddie Vanderdoes, Wyatt Decker and Stone Sander had sacks for Placer, which hosts Yuba City Friday night.
For Placer seniors, like Pineiro and Robinson, it was nice to finally beat the Casa Roble varsity team.
“I wanted redemption from last year,” Pineiro said. “All week at practice, we practiced hard and we were focused. We worked on the little things like eye discipline.”
Added Robinson: “We’re rivals … everybody was pretty pumped up for this game, looking for revenge.”
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