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story.lead_photo.caption California's Izac Currens looks for room to run with the ball during last month's game against School of the Osage in California. Photo by Alison Schneider/Special to the News Tribune

CALIFORNIA — The California Pintos look to keep their winning streak going as they get ready to play the Eldon Mustangs. California is coming off a 43-7 win against Versailles which improved their winning streak to three games. Eldon is coming off a 69-6 loss to Blair Oaks.

California coach Derek Scroggins said the No. 1 thing for the Pintos heading into this game is discipline.

"We did not play real disciplined on Friday night against Versailles," Scroggins said. "So we've got to make sure that we have fixed those areas and come out and play assignment football and be ready for a battle."

Last week, the Pintos (5-1, 3-1 Tri-County Conference) had seven penalties in their win against the Tigers.

Scroggins said the players feel like they have a good opportunity to win this week, just as they have had throughout the season.

"But it is on us to prepare," he said.

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The Pintos' offense has scored 40 or more points in four of their six games, and the team is averaging 37.2 points per game. Eldon's defense has given up 40 or more points in four of their five games — an average of 45 points allowed per game — including last Friday's 69-6 loss to Blair Oaks.

Despite giving up a lot of points, Scroggins said there is an element of the unknown when getting ready for Eldon's defense.

"They've got a really good defensive line and a solid line backing core," he said. "Really, their first win of the season was a solid one. They have been dealing with kids being out for various reasons on a regular basis from that point on up until their game with Blair Oaks. There is definitely an element of the unknown."

From what he has seen from Eldon (1-4, 0-3 Tri-County), Scroggins said they are a disciplined team.

"They execute well, they are disciplined, and they play pretty good football," Scroggins said. "They are tough to prepare for and we got to make sure that we are able to execute on a regular basis in order to come away with a win."

Note: On Wednesday, California announced next Friday's game against Hallsville will be played in California to allow for more fans from each team to attend the game.

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