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Ironton meets Johnstown-Monroe again in Ohio playoffs

Nov. 08, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

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.