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Hillmen, Falcons Overwhelm "Smackdown" Foes

Placer Blows Out Brookside, 70-8; Colfax Rolls, 54-14
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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SACRAMENTO – If there’s anything that came from the first two games of the “Smackdown at Sactown” football showcase held at Grant High School Friday night’s it’s this: good small private school powers should think twice about scheduling good established mid-sized public school programs. In a pair of overwhelming performances against last season’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. VI championship finalists, both Placer and Colfax more than represented the Pioneer Valley League well Friday by kicking off the showcase with a pair of bully-like efforts. In Friday’s “Smackdown” opener, Colfax took a quarter to figure out how to stop Bradshaw Christian’s double-wing offense and then methodically got on its way to a 54-14 rout of the Pride to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Placer, meanwhile, opened its season with a bang. Debuting their new Michigan Wolverine striped helmets, the Hillmen displayed an assortment of team speed on both sides of the ball in a 70-8 destruction of Brookside Christian, last season’s small school state bowl finalist. In the third game of the night, Del Campo used a late field goal to squeeze past Rancho Cotati of Rhonert Park of Sonoma County, 15-14. After a scoreless first quarter in the Colfax game with Bradshaw, the Falcons scored 32 unanswered points and saw running backs Hunter Perez and Austin Perry both go over 100 yards rushing in the romp over the Pride which had opened the season last week with a 63-0 win over West Campus. Placer then took over the spotlight from the Falcons and after allowing Brookside to convert a couple of early fourth down plays, dominated the rest of the way as they scored on its first seven possessions to build an insurmountable 49-0 lead at the halftime break. “This was a great game because we came out of it healthy and we got to play everyone,” said Placer coach Joey Montoya. “Brookside is young and had a few match-up problems with us but they battled the whole way.” Placer 70 Brookside 8 Six different Hillmen found the end zone in the game led by senior halfback Brad Spangler who scored on runs of 16, 1, and 17 yards and finished the game with 95 yards on just seven carries. While Spangler shined, he had plenty of help. Speedy Joe Mangino added 86 more yards rushing on only three carries and tallied on a 32-yard scoring run while Will Slane plowed for 54 more yards and scored on two short plunges. Adding more insult to injury, fullback Michael Robinson added 42 yards on just six packs and scored on a four-yard touchdown run while Isaac Brahce built Placer’s intermission lead to 49-0 by scoring on a nifty 35-yard dart with just 2:12 to go before the break. Quarterback Jake Callahan also managed the Hillmen offense well. Placer’s defense also checked in with a sturdy performance as relentless pressure by Eddie Vanderdoes, Jake Lewis, Tanner Jay and Johnny Foley helped keep Brookside’s standout quarterback Tony Rodriguez under wraps. Rodriguez, running for his life most of the evening, finished 10 of 28 night through the air for 210 yards and a touchdown but also threw interceptions to Placer’s Tyler Graves and Isaiah Pineiro. Graves spiced his pick with a 38-yard return to midfield. “Their quarterback is a great athlete,” said Montoya. “He made a lot out of nothing for them. I think he’s a Div. I guy.” After Graves’ interception return, a 20-yard run by Robinson and a 23-yard rush by Mangino set up Spangler’s 17-yard sweep for six points that upped the count to 36-0, Placer. Hillmen kicker Ullses Arellano was also a perfect nine for nine on the evening. Next week Placer steps up in caliber when the Hillmen host South High of Anchorage, Alaska which will come in with four games under their belts. “They’re scrappy,” said Montoya of South. “Their coach didn’t call down here to set up a game if they weren’t very good. We’re expecting a tough game.” Colfax 54 Bradshaw Christian 14 After a scoreless first quarter, junior running back Austin Perry broke loose for the Falcons as he scored on runs of 39, 22 and 10 yards in the second quarter. Quarterback Austin Young then connected with on a 55-yard scoring pass to David Mowbray to boost the Falcons into a 25-0 halftime lead over the Pride. “It was a good win,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times but the defense really came through and held it together.” Hunter Perez, who had a huge game in last week’s opening win over El Camino, came back on Friday and led the Falcns’ offense on the ground by picking up 134 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Perry, meanwhile, finished with 107 yards on eight packs to go along with his three touchdowns. Young finished with 119 yards passing and also added a six-yard scoring pass to Mitch Joiner while the Colfax defense, led all night long by Roger Lillie, Nolan Karbowski, Coty Wilhelm, Matt Anglade, Benton Brown and Jeremy Dawson, also received a big pick me up when Cameron Zebroff returned an interception 57-yards for another Falcons score. Colfax returns home to face Union Mine next Friday night.