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.
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.
"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."