California at Osage
The California Pintos look to rebound when they travel to School of the Osage at 7 p.m. Friday.
California (5-1) is coming off a 29-28 loss at Blair Oaks in a game with huge Tri-County Conference implications. Now the Falcons are in the driver's seat for the league title, while the Pintos likely need to win out and hope for some outside help.
California dropped in the Class 3 rankings from No. 3 to No. 5 following the loss. The Pintos rushed 46 times for 242 yards in the contest.
California's five victories have come in dominating fashion, defeating Boonville (42-7), Mexico (42-14), Eldon (38-0), Hallsville (57-8) and Southern Boone (42-0).
Osage, meanwhile, is coming off a 56-38 loss to Eldon that dropped the Indians to 2-4 on the season. Osage owns wins against Southern Boone (45-20) and Versailles (57-0), with additional losses to Fulton (28-22), Moberly (34-7) and Blair Oaks (61-29).
Osage quarterback Austin Riley completed 29-of-48 passes against Eldon for 430 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.
Dylan Jeffries caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a score. Jake Ulmer had nine catches for 126 yards and two scores, while Collin Samuelson had six receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Cuba at South Callaway
The South Callaway Bulldogs will try to get back in the win column Friday.
The Class 2 Bulldogs, after five straight blowout victories, dropped a 38-33 decision to Class 4 Battle last Friday, looks set for another easy win when it hosts Cuba at 7 p.m. Friday.
South Callaway (5-1) dropped from No. 4 to No. 6 in the Class 2 poll after the loss. The Bulldogs had opened the year with wins against North Callaway (31-0), Crystal City (46-6), Scotland Couonty (55-0), Hermann (31-6) and Tipton (44-0).
It should be more of the same against Cuba (1-5). In the common opponent department, the Wildcats have a 49-6 loss to Hermann.
Cuba also has losses to St. James (49-22), Windsor (41-30), Brentwood (58-26) and St. Pius X: Festus (50-6).
The Wildcats' lone win is a 32-24 decision against Houston.
Cole Camp at Tipton
Tipton's rebuilding year has gone about as expected.
The Cardinals sit at 3-3 heading into their matchup with Cole Camp at 7 p.m. Friday.
Tipton, whose notorious 68-game regular-season win streak came to an end earlier this season, is coming off a 20-13 victory against Butler.
The Cardinals also have wins against Windsor (49-6) and Father Tolton (20-13). Their three losses have come against Sedalia Sacred Heart (39-0), North Callaway (26-20) and South Callaway (44-0).
Cole Camp is on a four-game winning streak, with victories against Sacred Heart (57-35), Fayette (36-0), Sherwood (67-28) and Windsor (48-24). The Blue Birds opened the year with losses to Skyline (47-0) and Warsaw (47-25).
Eldon at Hallsville
Eldon is on the upswing.
The Mustangs (4-2) are in the midst of a three-game winning streak and look to continue that when they host the Hallsville Indians (4-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Eldon is coming off a 56-38 victory against rival Osage. Quarterback Wyatt Greenwalt rushed 13 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns, while Raymond Kwok carried the ball 23 times for 130 yards and three scores.
Eldon owns additional wins against Versailles (56-0), Warwsaw (62-19), and Buffalo (41-14). The Mustangs' losses are to Miller Career Academy (48-42) and California (38-0).
Hallsville has won two straight after wins against Versailles (45-0) and Warsaw (52-34). The Indians' opened the season with victories against Fayette (42-12) and Paris (40-24) before falling to Blair Oaks (38-8) and California (57-8).
Versailles at Southern Boone
One of these teams will pick up a much-needed victory as Versailles (0-6) travels to Southern Boone (1-5) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Either the Tigers or Eagles will gain some late-season momentum with a win.
Versailles hasn't scored a point in more than three games, while Southern Boone has put up just 12 points in that span.
Versailles has lost to Knob Noster (35-32), Fulton (44-33), Warsaw (40-16), Osage (57-0), Eldon (56-0) and Hallsville (45-0).
Southern Boone's lone win came in Week 2, a 32-28 victory at Father Tolton in Columbia.
The Eagles losses are to Kirksville (40-26), Osage (45-20), Blair Oaks (48-0), California (42-0) and Warsaw (42-12).
Camdenton at Waynesville
The Camdenton Lakers are back on track.
Camdenton, ranked 10th in the Class 5 state poll, has won two consecutive contests heading into the Lakers' contest against Waynesville at 7 p.m. Friday.
Camdenton is coming off a 49-12 victory against Rolla on Homecoming night.
Quarterback Bo Dean went 15-of-19 passing for 304 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Ryan Elliott caught seven passes for 89 yards and two scores, while Kullen Carlock racked up 182 yards on just six receptions.
Camdenton owns other wins against Hillcrest (17-14), West Plains (35-15), Lebanon (20-17) and Parkview (34-15). The Lakers' lone loss is a 21-19 decision to Kickapoo.
Waynesville has struggled to a 1-5 start to the season.
The Tigers' win came against Rolla, a 32-17 victory. Their losses came to West Plains (14-13), Lebanon (21-14), Kickapoo (36-6), Parkview (38-14) and Joplin (31-25).