comments

Video: Former Hillman tackles shirtless man who interrupted Placer-Colfax game

Vanderdoes calls it the 'hit of the year'
By: Matthew Kimel / Journal sports editor
-A +A

There was a short delay at Friday night's Placer High School football game at Colfax in the second quarter when a shirtless man ran on to the field and picked up the football. The shirtless man, who appeared to be under the influence of something, didn't get to hold the football too long. He was tackled by Troy Minton-Sander, a former 1988 Hillmen football player and law enforcement officer, who rushed the field and took him down with a bone-crunching tackle. The shirtless man, who was later arrested and appeared to be sagging his pants a little too much, fumbled the football upon impact. “Hit of the year,” Placer defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes said. Minton-Sander is the father of the Hillmen’s Stone Sander, and his heroics drew a large round of applause from the crowd. “I just thought it was so great that Troy protected the kids and the community tonight,” wrote Greg Denham, who is a pastor in Auburn and the father of Hillmen quarterback Peter Denham, in an email to the Journal. “… I had my youngest daughter in the stands along with my wife and I can tell you that they so appreciated what Troy and the others accomplished.” It took several men to detain the shirtless man. The Placer County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Colfax-area resident Patrick Hurley, 25, who was placed under arrest by Deputy Dustin Johnston. "Typically when we arrest somone (for being drunk in public), as soon as they are sober, they are released with the promise to appear (in court)," Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Clark said Saturday. Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel