Friday Dec 12 2008 comments Placer Hillmen vs. Whitney Wildcats Championship By: Auburn Journal photography by Ben Furtado -A +A Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalAsher Gotzmer tries to break free from a tackle. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer Hillmen congratulate the Whitney Wildcats after a 35-14 loss. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalJosh Klem, right, keeps his head high with teammate Brad Moller after their loss to Whitney. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer High fans Cameron McCallister, center, and Kierstin Gray, right, show their Hillmen pride during the championship game Friday. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalAnthony Armara, left, Michael Bertolone, center and Andy Riggs, right, cheer on the Placer Hillmen from the stands at Folsom High. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer faithful cheer on their Hillmen. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer juniors Mariah Dvorak, left, and Cauleen Doughty wanted to see their Hillmen whip the Wildcats. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalTravis Tidd of Placer High supports his green and gold. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPossibly the loudest students in the Placer fan section, left to right, Laura Nash, Alyssa Troia and Chelsea Heaton. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalThe Placer High marching band perform at the last football game of the season. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer coach Joey Montoya shows Hillmen pride as he walks to congratulate Whitney coach Mike Gimenez. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalJosh Klem, right, keeps his head high with teammate Brad Moller after their loss to Whitney. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalJoey Coelho, left, and Jake Snyder express joy for their championship win Friday night. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer quarterback Matt Ross hands off to Asher Gotzmer. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer quarterback Matt Ross receives play calls from coach Joey Montoya. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalA battle for the football hangs in the air as Jake Lopez of Placer tries to intercept a pass thrown to Reese Major of Whitney High. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer's Matt Ross, center, and Asher Gotzmer block a pass thrown for Whitney wide receiver Reese Major. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalJake Snyder of Whitney forces an incompletion on Placer's Asher Gotzmer early in the first half. Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalAsher Gotzmer catches Placer's only touch down pass early in the second half against Whitney. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer puts a stop to Jake Snyder of Whitney. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer quarterback Matt Ross is forced to throw the ball while getting pass pressure from Joey Coelho. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalAsher Gotzmer finds a gap for a good gain of yardage. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer senior Mike Belanger goes in for a tackle on Whitney's leading rusher Zack Graves. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalWhitney Wildcats coach Mike Gimenez wipes his face off from the gatorade shower he received from his players after the end of the championship game. Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalZack Graves of Whitney High rushed for 298 yards against the Placer Hillmen. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalZack Graves pushes forward for a short gain against Placer's D-line. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalJake Snyder of Whitney doesn't give up after the catch as he makes his way toward the end zone. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalMatt Ross takes the ball in his own hands as he runs for a first down. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalAsher Gotzmer locks his eyes on Whitney's cornerback Taylor Irwin during a run. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalSeth Parrish of Placer applies a solid hit on Zack Graves. Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal2008 Div IV Champions, Whitney Wildcats. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlayers of the Whitney Wildcats pass around the San-Joaquin Div IV championship flag after their win over the Placer Hillmen. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalThe Whitney Wildcats gather for a team photograph after winning the Div IV championship Friday night in Folsom. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalWhitney Wildcats sing their schools alma mater after winning the Div IV championship Friday night in Folsom. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalZack Graves had his way with the Hillmen rushing for almost 300 yards. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalMike Hathorn, left, and teammate Joey Coelho celebrate their victory over the Placer Hillmen. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer quarterback Matt Ross scrambles for the first down. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalTaylor Johnson, right and Joey Coelho celebrate their win Friday night.