With Friday night's 42-0 win against Southern Boone, the California Pintos have proven once again they mean business. With five straight wins behind them, they're ready for the sixth. Therefore, California's Homecoming game against rival Blair Oaks (5-0) will be one not to miss.
"I think it's going to be a big game," California Head Coach Marty Albertson said. "I think we match up with them pretty well. They're not real big, but they have speed, like us. We're going to have to take care of business."
That's exactly what California did with Southern Boone Friday at Ashland. The Eagles did open the game with a promising opening drive, but the Pinto defense was just getting warmed up and ultimately allowed no room for the Eagles to score the entire night.
The Pintos got into scoring action at the start of the second quarter with a 3-play possession capped by a four-yard touchdown by Seth Fairchild. Efrain Torres nailed the kick for the extra point and California led 7-0 with 10:52 remaining in the first half.
California's next possession started off with a 47-yard pass from Jaden Barr to Dylan Albertson to put the Pintos at the Eagles' 3-yard line. Then Albertson ran in a 3-yard TD. After Torres' PAT kick, California led 14-0 with 5:51 left in the second quarter.
With 1:37 left in the first half, the Eagles fumbled on thei first play of their possession, which was recovered by California's Albertson. The Pintos ensued with a 6-play drive capped with a 5-yard TD pass from Barr to Jason Wolverton. The attempt at the extra point failed, but California led 20-0 at halftime.
The Pintos opened the third quarter with a 3-play possession that ended with a 48-yard TD run by Jerry Lutz. Albertson ran in the two-point conversion and California led 28-0.
California's next drive ended with a 10-yard touchdown by Walker Borghardt. Torres nailed the PAT kick and the Pintos led 35-0 with 7:45 left in the third quarter.
California's final possession of the night resulted in a 3-yard touchdown by Barr with :35 on the clock. After Torres' kick for the extra point, the Pintos came away with a 42-0 win.
"Overall, the kids played well," Albertson said. "Southern Boone had a different offense that I think we adjusted to well. We only ran 33 offensive plays and they ran 58, so they did do their job of ball control, but it didn't stop our offense. We averaged 8.6 yards per carry. Our defense also played really well."
The Pintos had 28 carries for 228 yards and Barr completed 3 of 5 passes for 56 yards. Alberston had two receptions for a total of 51 yards and Wolverton had one for 5 yards. Lutz led Pinto rushing with four carries for 70 yards. Fairchild had six carries for 49 yards and Borghardt had four for 43 yards.
Southern Boone had 42 carries for 88 yards and Nathan Walls completed 3 of 6 passes for 41 yards.
Logan Rowles led California tackles with two solos and 13 assists. Lutz had five solos and seven assists. Albertson had three solos and ninie assists and a fumble recovery. Garret Baquet had four solos and six assists and Fairchild had one solo and eight assists.
California's Homecoming festivities Friday will begin with the parade at 2 p.m. in downtown California. A pep rally will follow at Riley Field.
Prior to kickoff of the Pintos' game against Blair Oaks, the Parade of Champions featuring the Pinto football players will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Riley Field.
A shuttle bus will be provided for parking. The first bus will leave the high school parking lot at 6 p.m. and head to Riley Field. After the game, the shuttle will leave Riley Field to head back to the high school. For more information, call 573-796-4911.
The Homecoming coronation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
The Homecoming dance will be held 8-11 p.m. Saturday at the high school commons.