Area football capsules for Week 3

California at Eldon

The road has been kind to the California Pintos so far this season.

California opened with a pair of blowout victories away from home to start the year. Now the Pintos will play their third consecutive road contest when they take on Eldon at 7 p.m. Friday.

California is coming off a 42-14 victory against Mexico that appears easier than it was.

The Pintos trailed 6-0 and held just a 21-14 advantage at halftime. A huge second half paved the way for California’s second straight 42-point performance. It beat Boonville 42-7 in the season opener.

Dylan Albertson led the way with three rushing touchdowns, and finished with eight carries for 57 yards. Walker Borghardt surpassed the century mark with 115 yards on 11 attempts. Seth Fairchild added 93 yards on just six rushes.

Eldon looks to be the toughest challenge of the young season so far for California, as the Mustangs (1-1) are coming off a 41-14 victory against Buffalo and are receiving votes in the state rankings.

Eldon had opened the 2013 season with a 48-42 loss to Miller Career Academy.

Tipton at Windsor

It may not be part of the Tipton Cardinals’ vernacular, but it’s now a reality: A losing streak.

After a run that included 68 straight regular-season wins, the Cardinals have opened the 2013 campaign with consecutive losses.

The first came against Sacred Heart, a 39-0 thrashing. The second was more of a heartbreaker, as Tipton dropped a 26-20 overtime decision at North Callaway.

Tipton seemed destined to avoid the losing streak a couple times throughout the game. The Cardinals opened a 12-0 advantage after the first quarter and took a 20-14 edge into the final period.

The Thunderbirds scored early in the fourth and connected on a short touchdown pass in overtime to steal the win.

Role reversed, Tipton now looks to break a losing streak when the Cardinals travel to Windsor for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.

The Greyhounds sport a 2-0 record following a Week 1 win at Sweet Springs (38-6) and a Week 2 victory against Slater (42-32) last Friday.

Scotland County at South Callaway

South Callaway hasn’t been challenged much in the early going.

The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents by a combined 77-6 score in the first two games of 2013, a season-opening 31-0 victory against in-county rival North Callaway and a 46-6 romp at Crystal City last Friday night.

Don’t expect much to change this Friday, as South Callaway hosts Scotland County at 7 p.m.

The teams met at this point in the season in 2012, with South Callaway easing to a 63-20 victory on the road.

Scotland County is 0-2 this season with losses to Salisbury (35-6) and Knox County (34-30).

South Callaway features a powerful running game, as the Bulldogs have surpassed the 300-yard mark in both of their games. They have nine total rushing touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Troy Hentges leads the charges with 11 carries for 126 yards and five touchdowns.

School of the Osage at Southern Boone

The School of the Osage Indians are looking to get off the schneid.

After dropping consecutive games to open the season, the Indians hope to find the win column at 7 p.m. Friday at Southern Boone.

Osage opened the season with a 28-22 loss at Fulton before dropping its home opener 34-7 against Moberly.

The Spartans scored on five of their first seven possessions to seal the win early. The highlight for Osage was a seven-catch, 109-yard night from Dylan Jeffries.

Southern Boone (1-1) ended a nine-game losing streak that dates back to last season with a 32-28 victory against Father Tolton last Friday.

The Eagles opened the year with a 40-26 loss to Kirksville.

Camdenton at Lebanon

Now this is an enticing matchup — a pair of ranked teams that also happen to be undefeated.

Class 5 No. 5 Camdenton travels to No. 10 Lebanon for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.

Camdenton (2-0) is coming off a 35-15 victory against West Plains.

The Lakers scored the game’s first 35 points before pulling the starters. Quarterback Bo Dean went 10-for-15 for 156 yards and three touchdown passes. Ryan Elliott returned a punt for a touchdown and also had a receiving score.

The Lakers hit the road for the first time this season, facing a Lebanon team that owns victories against Rolla (27-7) and Waynesville (21-14).

The player to watch for the Yellowjackets is running back Elza Evans. The junior has rushed 48 times for 281 yards and three scores.

Versailles at Warsaw

It’s been a dream start to the 2013 season for the Warsaw Wildcats.

Warsaw already has equaled 2012’s win total with a pair of victories to open the season. Now the Wildcats go for win No. 3 with a home contest against Versailles at 7 p.m. Friday.

Johnny Eierman and the Wildcat offense is off to a blazing start, scoring 49 points in both games. The first was a 49-15 victory against Clinton and the second a 49-25 win at Cole Camp.

Versailles hasn’t enjoyed nearly as much success in 2013, opening with losses to Knob Noster (35-32) and Fulton (44-33).

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