Placer staying put in playoffs

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTES: Hillmen get to play at home for another week and could even get a third home game
By: Todd Mordhorst, Journal Sports Editor
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Calaveras did Placer High a big favor Friday night with its stunning upset of Dixon. The Redskins’ victory over the Capital Valley Conference champion sends them to Auburn for a quarterfinal showdown with the Hillmen Friday night in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV bracket. A third home playoff game for the green and gold is conceivable. Of course, Placer will have to beat Calaveras and Sonora must knock off undefeated Lincoln. The Zebras will certainly get a stern challenge from the Wildcats, who more than held their own in the brutally tough Trans-Valley League this season. qqq Placer High’s victory over Foothill was a team effort. So was preparing the field at LeFebvre Stadium for the school’s first home playoff game in nearly three decades. A group of parents and boosters worked late into the evening last Thursday to cover the entire field with tarps in anticipation of Friday’s heavy rain. Then when a leak turned the middle of the field into a muddy mess, volunteers hauled in dirt to get the field ready to go for Friday’s contest. Freshman football coach Jim Gray called on a favor from Auburn Recreation District head Kahl Muscott, who allowed the volunteers to use ARD’s dirt on the football field. qqq Placer senior Dalton Dyer was nominated earlier this fall for a Rudy Award. The honor will go to a high school athlete who has stood out on and off the field. Dyer has been terrific for the Hillmen this fall, overcoming an injury earlier in the season to become a serious rushing threat. He’s also become a hero to foster children throughout the state after his legal battle with the California Interscholastic Federation last year that eventually led to state legislation further protecting the rights of foster youth. To cast your vote and find out more about the Rudy Award, visit