Hillmen hammer Lincoln 49-19

Spangler, Mangino combine for five TDs as Hillmen prep for Colfax with a rout
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Some called it a “trap game” for the Placer High football team Friday night as the Hillmen hosted Lincoln. The contest was sandwiched between huge games with Bear River and Colfax. But there was no containing the Hillmen as they ran wild on the Zebras in a 49-19 win at Le Febvre Stadium. Senior Joe Mangino had a breakout game with 175 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Brad Spangler added 168 yards and two TDs on just seven carries as Placer improved to 2-0 in the Pioneer Valley League and 6-1 overall. The Hillmen host undefeated Colfax next Friday in a battle for first place in the PVL. “Once we get to league, we know every game is a battle,” Placer senior center Mike Stangland said. “We’re focused on every game. We’ll be focused on Center and Foothill, just like we are for Colfax and Bear River.” Placer’s newest addition set up its first score Friday night. Punter Dominic Granieri, who recently qualified academically and was cleared to play, pinned Lincoln at its own 1-yard line with a 49-yard punt in the first quarter. Tanner Jay capitalized with a sack for a safety before the Placer offense got to work. Spangler got a great block from Brandon Rinaldo on his way to a 56-yard touchdown run. Mangino followed with a 28-yard dash two minutes later and Will Slane added a 30-yard score before the first quarter ended. While Placer’s offense erupted after sputtering at Bear River last week, the defense was stiff once again. Lincoln did not gain a first down until late in the second quarter. The Zebras drove to Placer’s 3-yard line before a false start and two straight sacks by Colton Davenport ended their scoring threat. Junior Tony Suverkropp was a big part of a defense that held Lincoln star tailback Isaac Allen to just 14 yards on his first seven carries. He finished with 101 yards on 14 carries after a big gain late in the second half. “We knew their backs were good, but their line was their weak point,” Suverkropp said. “Our defensive line stepped up and made plays. I think after the Casa (Roble) game people thought our defense wasn’t what it was. We’re ready to go for Colfax.” “Their defense is really tough,” Lincoln coach Ken Lowe said. “We were in a position where we had to score every possession and they just tired our defense out. Our defense played OK, they just kept them on the field.”