Mike Stuck was successful on six passes on Friday night, but the 54 percent completion rate doesn’t tell the whole story.
Three went for touchdowns – to Anthony Kerrigan, Louis Fudge and Travis Warren – amid a furious rally to lift Placer High School past rival Colfax 41-35 on Friday in a contest that went to the wire. Stuck was voted as The Bee’s Prep Football Player of the Week through a sacbee.com poll.
The Pioneer Valley League victory, in front of a frenzied home crowd in Auburn, capped a comeback the Hillmen hope will vault them to the program’s sixth successive championship.
Placer trailed 28-7 before Stuck hit Fudge on a screen pass, and Fudge raced in for a 50-yard score as time ran out in the quarter.
Mario Perez won it for Placer with a 1-yard scoring plunge with 13 seconds to play as the Hillmen moved to 5-1.
Stuck passed for 208 yards and has 946 on the season to go with 10 touchdowns. He’s also good with the wing-T fakes as the Hillmen average 295 rushing yards.
Stuck appreciates Placer football history.
His father was a guard/linebacker for the 1981 Hillmen who won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship and finished state-ranked No. 1 in D-II.
“Being the quarterback at a school with so much tradition is awesome,” Stuck said. “It’s something I’ll sure never forget.”