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Indians drop Bison in District final

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

EARLY - Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer erupted with a 22-point third quarter to break away from a 19-6 halftime score and cruise to a 49-6 victory over Buffalo Ridge to close out the regular season in Class 2A District football action here on October 24.

With the win, 5-4 Pocahontas Area/P-P earned a berth in the Substate Playoffs, traveling to 9-0 defending state champion Central Lyon/George-Little Rock. Buffalo Ridge ends its season with a 1-8 record.

A gritty Buffalo Ridge defense makes a goal-line stand in recent football action, as Bison defenders Mark Cronin (73), Chris Bondinello (74), Steven Mason (51), and Daren Miller (40) combine to make the stop. Photo by Reta Todd
The host Bison scored their lone touchdown in the game in the second quarter after falling behind 19-0. The Bison scored on a four-yard TD pass from Seth Johnson to Pat McAreavy, and missed the PAT kick.

The Poky club used four rushing touchdowns from Jonathan Ritigers on the way to the victory, as the Indians rushed 49 times for 360 yards, and passed 1-5 for six yards.

Buffalo Ridge eushed 18 times for 71 yards, and Johnson was 18-37 passing for 118 yards, one TD and four costly interceptions.

Mark Cronin led the Bison defenders with 15 tackles, while Jesse Yender had six, and Josh Alesch, Daren Miller, and Taylor Nees five apiece.

Buffalo Ridge Coach Butch Faulkenberry. Photo by Reta Todd
"Pocahontas came in and did what we expected them to do, which was run the football," said Buffalo Ridge coach Butch Faulkenberry. "We gave up a couple big runs early, but played pretty good defense in the first half. Poky scored on fourth down inside our one-yard line, and on the next two offensive possessions for the Bison we threw two interceptions, which resulted in Indian scores.

"Turnovers hurt and have been a major factor in killing momentum for our team all season. The boys played hard, but playing hard has proven not to be enough when making as many mistakes as we have."

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