Joe Davidson

Stuck on success: Bee Prep of the Week keys big Placer rally

Placer quarterback Mike Stuck is The Bee’s Prep Football Player of the Week.
Placer quarterback Mike Stuck is The Bee’s Prep Football Player of the Week. Courtesy of Placer football

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 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.”

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