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story.lead_photo.caption California quarterback Calen Kruger (center) tries to work his way through the School of the Osage defense during a game earlier this season in California. Photo by Alison Schneider/Special to the News Tribune

The California Pintos are looking to keep their winning ways going tonight as they prepare to face the Hallsville Indians.

California (6-1) is coming off of a 59-13 win against Eldon, while Hallsville (4-3) fell 55-16 last week at Blair Oaks.

The running game was huge for California against Eldon as the Pintos rushed for seven touchdowns.

California coach Derek Scroggins said if they want to keep the success on the ground going the Pintos need to execute and finish their plays.

"Hallsville is a disciplined team with a lot of team speed and they are going to present a big challenge," Scroggins said. "So it is going to be on us to execute and take care of our assignments in order to move the ball."

Scroggins said the California offense will be looking to take what Hallsville gives it.

"If they want to make us throw we will have to be able to execute there and if they want to give us the run then we have to be able to take advantage of that as well," he said. "I mean really it just comes down to making sure we can adjust to what the defense gives us."

Scroggins said a big reason for the success the team is enjoying this season is the players believing in themselves.

"The biggest thing they have done was believing what they are capable of," he said. "That, coupled with the work they have put in the past year in the weight room and throughout the summer, is what has brought us to this point. They continue to get better on a day by day and week by week basis and we are excited to see what we can do."

Scroggins has been impressed with what the Pintos' defense has done so far this year.

"I look forward to seeing them continue to with what they have done the past seven weeks," he said. "They have done a great job playing aggressive, fast, and pursing to the ball. We have been tackling pretty well lately so hopefully that continues and we keep getting better."

The Pintos' defense has to be ready to go up against Hallsville's ability to run and pass.

"They run the ball more than they pass it but they are definitely capable of doing both," he said. "They've got a really good running back that is probably the best running back we have seen up to this point in the season. We have to make sure we do a good job of shutting him down but the quarter back is a pretty skilled kid as well and can throw the ball well. They've gone some good height at receivers and so it should be a good test for us."

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