After spotting the Alta football team a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, Pocahontas scored 26 unanswered points here Friday night to deal the Cyclones a 26-7 loss in a Class 1A district opener.
Alta scored on a five-yard run by Brad Payne late in the first quarter. That capped a 50-yard drive, and Payne kicked the extra point for the 7-0 lead.
Pocahontas countered with 14 points in the second quarter, and that was all it needed.
Poky's Ryan Detvay scored the first touchdown on a 59-yard run and later in the second quarter, senior tailback Nick Sommerlot broke loose for a 57-yard scoring run.
"On both plays we had a tackler on the runners, and if they would have made the tackle, it would have been a minimal gain," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said. "But we missed the tackles and their kids made nice runs to get into the end zone."
Pocahontas led 14-7 at the half and neither team scored in the third quarter. Poky added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including one on a 55-yard run by junior running back Colten Janssen, and another on a one-yard sneak by senior quarterback Mike DeWall.
"We did a poor job of tackling on defense," Hammer said. "On offense, we just didn't sustain our blocks up front. We need to execute the fundamentals much better than we did last Friday."
Hammer added that the Cyclones drove deep into Poky territory once in the first half and once in the second, facing a fourth and short on both occasions. The Pocahontas defense stopped Alta both times.
"Both the stops were keys in the game," Hammer said. "It could have been a different game if we make the first downs."
With the district loss, Alta is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in district play.
Statistically Friday night, Alta ran 41 times for 159 yards, while Payne hit on five of six passes for 29 yards and threw on interception.
Poky ran 38 times for 380 yards, as Detvay ran nine times for 149 yards and Sommerlot 16 times for 132 yards. Pocahontas did not attempt a pass in the contest.
Payne led all Cyclone rushers, running 18 times for 72 yards.