Ironton meets Johnstown-Monroe again in Ohio playoffs
HUNTINGTON -- Ironton has a rematch with the Johnstown-Monroe Johnnies in the Ohio Division IV, Region 15 semifinals.
Ironton and Johnstown-Monroe met last year in the region semifinals and the Johnnies won, 34-7.
They clash again at 7:30 p.m., Friday, on a neutral field at Scott Riggs and Family Stadium in Athens, Ohio. Ironton (7-3) is rated No. 3 in the region. Johnstown-Monroe from Johnstown in Licking County is rated No. 3.
The winner will meet the Piketon-St. Clairsville winner Friday, Nov. 16, in the region finals.
Last season Johnstown-Monroe advanced past Ironton and defeated Coshocton for the Region 15 title before falling to eventual state champion Creston Norwayne in the state semifinals.
Ironton rolled past Bloom-Carroll in the first round, 41-16, at home in Tanks Memorial Stadium.
Senior halfback Patrick Lewis of the Fighting Tigers had a monster game with 320 yards on 26 rushing attempts. Lewis had touchdown runs of 8, 53, 64 and 24 yards.
The Fighting Tigers pulled away late after leading 14-13 at halftime and 20-16 after three periods.
Johnstown-Monroe won first-round squeaker at home, 24-21, over Gnadenhutten Indian Valley
Nick Sadinsky's interception with one minute remaining sealed it for the Johnnies, the Newark Advocate newspaper reported.
Sadinsky also caught a pair of touchdown passes.
No. 5-rated Piketon (9-2) and top-rated St. Clairsville (11-0) are playing Friday at Logan High School.
Division V, Region 19 top-rated Lucasville Valley (11-0) and No. 4 Bucyrus Wynford (9-2) play a 7 p.m., Saturday, game at Reynoldsburg High School.
Saturday games in Division III, Region 12 include No. 4 Gallipolis (9-2) against No. 1 Thurgood Marshall (10-1) at 7 p.m. at Western Brown High School in Mt. Orab, Ohio.