Pintos reflect on 2013 football season at banquet

Pinto football players who were recognized at the football banquet Sunday for being named to the Academic All-State football team by the Missouri Football Coaches Association, from left, are seniors Dylan Albertson, Luke Burger and Jerry Lutz, juniors Allan Burger and Jaden Barr, and sophomore A.J. Kendrick. Players must meet certain criteria to be considered for selection. California Head Coach Marty Albertson said, "I'm really proud of these kids because they're not only doing it on the field, but off the field as well."

Pinto football players who were recognized at the football banquet Sunday for being named to the Academic All-State football team by the Missouri Football Coaches Association, from left, are seniors Dylan Albertson, Luke Burger and Jerry Lutz, juniors Allan Burger and Jaden Barr, and sophomore A.J. Kendrick. Players must meet certain criteria to be considered for selection. California Head Coach Marty Albertson said, "I'm really proud of these kids because they're not only doing it on the field, but off the field as well." Photo by April Arnett.

The annual California Pinto Football Banquet was held Sunday at the high school commons, where the players, coaches, family, friends and Pinto football fans gathered for a meal and awards ceremony to reflect on yet another successful season as well as to recognize the football players for their individual accomplishments and contributions to the season.

The awards ceremony opened with coaches Robb Hartman and David Austin recognizing members of the freshman team.

Coach Rich Matzes recognized members of the JV team.

"They were undefeated, the conference champs, and they gave up only eight points on defense," Matzes said. "You have to look at these guys as a team, because that's what they are."

Head Coach Marty Albertson spoke about the varsity team.

"We ended the season 12-2, 6-1 in the conference and state semifinalists," Albertson said. "We gave Maryville everything we had. After that game, there were a lot of tears. That's how you know the passion is there. These kids played their hearts out and left them on the field. They played together like brothers, as a team."

Albertson commended the Pintos for their hard work in the weight room throughout the year, "which, by the way, we'll be starting back up tomorrow morning at 6 a.m," he said.

Albertson and Coach Jon Lindquist issued letters to the athletes who lettered, and those who earned All-Conference, All-District and All-State honors were recognized.

Team awards were presented to the following players: Walker Borghardt and Jaden Barr, Offensive Player of the Year; Jerry Lutz, Defensive Player of the Year; Nathan Squires, Lineman of the Year; Aaron Cuevas and Jon Goans, Specialty Player of the Year; Landon Mouse, Newcomer of the Year; Alex Dalbey, Practice Player of the Year; and voted by their teammates as team captains were seniors Dylan Albertson, Alexx Lewis, Jerry Lutz, Jon Goans and Luke Burger.

Albertson closed by thanking those who contributed to the season, including the parents and players, the CHS Administration and the Pinto Quarterback Club, among many others.

On behalf of the Quarterback Club, Jay Gump presented gifts to the coaches, the training staff and the football players.

CHS Athletic Director Bob Staton, and Paul and Suzy Allee, presented the Randy Allee Scholarship to seniors Dustin Forsythe and Alexx Lewis.

"Randy was a California Pinto through and through," Staton said. "He loved the game of football."

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