California defeats Versailles 29-21

Michele and Shawn Merrill, center, are presented a helmet by senior members of the Pinto football team (Walter Juarez (34), Grant Burger (12) and Steven Arce (23)) Friday at Riley Field in memory of their son Matthew, a Pinto football player who died July 31, 2007. Matthew was a teammate of the now senior football players through seventh grade at California Middle School. In his memory, the Pintos wore Matthew's initials on the back of their helmets for Senior Night.

Michele and Shawn Merrill, center, are presented a helmet by senior members of the Pinto football team (Walter Juarez (34), Grant Burger (12) and Steven Arce (23)) Friday at Riley Field in memory of their son Matthew, a Pinto football player who died July 31, 2007. Matthew was a teammate of the now senior football players through seventh grade at California Middle School. In his memory, the Pintos wore Matthew's initials on the back of their helmets for Senior Night. Photo by April Arnett.

The California Pintos hosted Versailles for game #2 in Class 3 District 8 football Friday, Oct. 21, at Riley Field, where they romped to a 29-21 win over the Tigers.

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Senior football players, from left, are Connor Volkart (25) with parents Scott and Dayla Volkart; Christopher Allee (32) with parents Craig and Tammy Allee; and Walter Juarez (34) with parents Emilio and Maria Juarez.

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Senior football players, from left, are Jared Kendrick (50) with parents Terry Kendrick and Kamie Gish; and Brent Tuttle with parents Kenny and Angie Tuttle.

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Senior football players, from left, are Corey Kramel (10) with parents Roger and Tracy Kramel; Grant Burger (12) with parents Steven and Laura Burger; and Steven Arce (23) with mother Juana Vazquez.

The Pintos will travel to Eldon for game #3 in district play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, while the Tigers will play at 7 p.m. at Boonville Oct. 27.

For more of this story, check out the Oct. 26 issue of the California Democrat.

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