Hillmen turn focus to speedy Nunley

By: Journal Sports Staff
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James Nunley won’t need any introduction to the Placer High football team tonight. One year ago, Woodcreek’s star tailback sliced and diced the Hillmen defense, racking up 294 yards rushing in leading the Timberwolves to a 35-34 win. Placer wasn’t the only team Nunley ran wild on last year. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder finished the year with 1,595 rushing yard and 15 touchdowns as Woodcreek reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinals before losing to Grant. While Placer crushed Rosemont to open the season last week, Woodcreek fell to Casa Roble 23-7. Nunley was limited to just 75 yards on 20 carries. Still, the Hillmen know he’s dangerous. Woodcreek meanwhile, will be worried about slowing Placer senior Asher Gotzmer, who rumbled for a career-high 266 yards in the Hillmen’s opener. Look for senior Dalton Dyer’s 2009 debut as well. Bear River (0-1) at Calaveras (1-0) The Bruins will make a long road trip in search of their first win of the season after a disappointing loss at Capital Christian last week. Redskins junior Monti Wilson rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns in their 38-14 win over Weston Ranch last week. Colfax (1-0) at Truckee (2-0) The Falcons will head up I-80 to take on their rivals, who are off to an impressive start on the year. The Wolverines crushed Bishop 38-15 to open the season before blanking Mariposa County 36-0 last week. They’re the favorites to win the Nevada Class 3A state title and will be playing in the familiar thin air of the Sierra Nevada. Colfax’s Pat Rawlins — fresh off a bout with mono — looked sharp in a 28-7 win over Center last week, leading a potent ground attack. The senior running back teamed with Josh Moreno and David Schweitzer for 261 rushing yards while first-year quarterback Mark Machholz was just fine in his debut. Machholz hit Moreno for a 65-yard touchdown strike to all but put the game away late in the first half of the opener. Del Oro (1-0) at Cardinal Newman (0-1) Fresh off their respective victories at the Battle at the Capital, the Golden Eagles and Cardinals will meet up in a clash featuring two schools that are powerhouses in their respective regions. Cardinal Newman will certainly be looking to shut down junior running back Bryce Pratt, who led Del Oro with 248 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries last Saturday. The Cardinals can’t concentrate all their energies on the Eagles’ running game, however, as junior quarterback Max Magleby hooked up with senior receiver Spencer Butterfield twice for TD passes. Foresthill (0-1) at Delhi (0-1) Both the Wildfires and the Hawks were beaten badly in their openers. Foresthill lost to Brookside Christian 64-7 while Delhi was on the wrong end of a 49-0 contest against Ripon Christian. The Wildfires will look to their senior linebackers to lead the way defensively on the road. Golden Sierra (0-1) at Argonaut (1-0) The Mustangs will provide another tough test for the Grizzlies. Argonaut pounded Valley 56-6 to open the season, churning out a jaw-dropping 559 rushing yards. Golden Sierra fell to Amador 27-7 in its opener as it didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter.