Here are area high school football game previews for Friday, Sept. 6, 2013:
California at Mexico
The California Pintos sure made a statement about their intentions for the 2013 season in Week 1.
Class 3 No. 3 California opened up last Friday night with a dominating 42-7 victory against Boonville, scoring the game's first 42 points and not allowing a point until late in the final period.
Quarterback Jaden Barr accounted for five touchdowns, finding the end zone three times on the ground and tossing a pair of touchdown passes to Dylan Albertson. Walker Borghardt added a rushing touchdown as the Pintos racked up 239 rushing yards.
The defense was just as impressive, only allowing 120 yards of total offense for Boonville and forcing a couple turnovers.
Now California looks to go 2-0 against a Mexico team the Pintos blasted 40-0 in 2012. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Mexico. The Bulldogs opened their season with a 26-7 loss to St. Joseph Lafayette.
Tipton at N. Callaway
The Tipton Cardinals don't lose much. They almost never lose in the regular season.
Yet they did last Friday night, as a young and inexperienced Tipton squad had its astonishing 68-game regular-season winning streak come to an end with a shocking 39-0 defeat to Sedalia Sacred Heart.
Now the Cardinals look to begin another streak when they take on North Callaway at 7 p.m. Friday.
The task certainly doesn't get any easier, considering North Callaway is a Class 3 school and Tipton resides in Class 1.
While Tipton didn't have much trouble with North Callaway last season, posting a 40-20 win in Week 2 of the season, this is a new year.
Tipton dropped out of the Class 1 state rankings after being slotted No. 4 in the preseason poll and is first in receiving votes. Sacred Heart sits just behind Tipton despite the Week 1 result.
The Cardinals will have to improve tremendously from Week 1 to knock off the Thunderbirds in Week 2. North Callaway opened its season with a 31-0 loss to South Callaway.
S. Callaway at Crystal City
All South Callaway seems to do lately is win.
No matter who graduated, who gets hurt or who stars, the Bulldogs have played some spectacular football the past few seasons.
That doesn't look likely to change in 2013, especially after Class 2 No. 4 South Callaway's season-opening 31-0 victory against cross-county rival North Callaway.
South Callaway travels to Crystal City for a 7 p.m. Friday game in a rematch of a 2012 contest that saw the Bulldogs romp to a 42-10 victory. Expect more of the same this Friday.
The rushing game seems to be South Callaway's forte once again. The Bulldogs racked up 310 yard on the ground in their Week 1 victory, led by Troy Hentges' 106 yards and three touchdowns.
Crystal City dropped a 41-0 decision to Brentwood in its season opener.
Osage vs. Moberly
The School of the Osage Indians are finding life difficult so far without Bo Dean.
Dean, an all-state performer at quarterback last season, transferred to Camdenton for his senior season.
Osage opened the 2013 season with a 28-22 loss to Fulton, a team that went just 2-8 in 2012. The Indians fell behind 21-0 before rallying for 22 consecutive points to take the lead into the fourth quarter. Fulton scored with five minutes left to escape with the win.
Seth Crooks scored a pair of touchdowns and tallied nearly 100 yards rushing for the Indians, while Dylan Jeffries caught eight passes for 72 yards. New quarterback Austin Riley went 12-for-28 for 148 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Now the Indians host Class 4 No. 8 Moberly at 7 p.m. Friday, a team that beat Blair Oaks 48-18 in Week 1.
Camdenton vs. W. Plains
In one of the more scintillating Week 1 matchups, Class 5 No. 5 Camdenton (then No. 7) escaped with a 17-14 win against Class 4 No. 9 Hillcrest (then No. 8).
Now the Lakers look to move to 2-0 against West Plains at 7 p.m. Friday in Camdenton. West Plains is coming off a 14-13 season-opening victory against Waynesville, which broke a 21-game losing streak.
Luke Burris led Camdenton's attack in Week 1 with 162 yards on 30 carries, including the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.
Bo Dean, a transfer from School of the Osage, alternated snaps in the first half and went 4-for-14 before suffering a concussion that kept him from playing in the second half.
Hallsville at Paris
Hallsville couldn't have asked for a much better season opener.
The Indians eased to a 42-12 victory against Fayette behind 283 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns from six different players.
Now Hallsville looks to improve to 2-0 when the Indians travel to Paris at 7 p.m. Friday.
Joe Forge went 8-for-14 for 107 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air in Hallsville's opener. Brandon Wilson galloped for 107 yards on just five carries with a touchdown, while Austin Cochran added 84 yards and a score and Skyler Creed contributed 74 yards and a touchdown.
Paris opened with a 26-16 victory against Schuyler County behind a balanced offensive attack that totaled 408 yards of offense.
Warsaw at Cole Camp
Coming off a 2-8 campaign in 2012, Warsaw began the new season in promising fashion.
The Wildcats clobbered Clinton 49-14 in Week 1, a year after falling 35-7 to the same team in the 2012 season opener.
It was the Jeremy Eierman show for Warsaw against Clinton, as the junior quarterback accounted for six total touchdowns and 382 yards of offense. He threw for 161 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 221 yards on 14 carries with three scores.
Warsaw tries to equal last season's win total when it faces a Cole Camp team coming off a 47-0 defeat to Skyline.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at Cole Camp.