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Local teams enter Ohio playoff action

Nov. 01, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Ohio high school football season began with 717 teams vying for state playoff berths. The 192 who made it include Ironton, Coal Grove and Symmes Valley.

Ironton made it in Division IV, Region 15 and takes on the seventh-rated Bloom-Carroll Bulldogs in a Friday game at Tanks Memorial Stadium.

Coal Grove was rated eighth in Division V, Region 19 and goes on the road Saturday to top-rated Lucasville Valley in a rematch from the regular season. Lucasville Valley won Sept. 7 at home against the Hornets, 34-18,

Symmes Valley is also on the road as the fifth-rated team in Division VI, Region 23. The Vikings play Friday at Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans.

Following is a look at the matchups:

Bloom-Carroll (5-5) at Ironton (6-3)

Bob Lutz Field at Tanks Memorial Stadium

Ironton

7:30 p.m., Friday

Tickets: $7 presale at school; $9 at the gate.

Bloom-Carroll head coach Phil Mauro. ... Bloom-Carroll's second playoff appearance. The Bulldogs also made it in 2000. ... Ironton head coach Mark Vass. ... Ironton's 30th playoff appearance with state championships in 1989 (Division III) and 1979 (Class AA). ... The Fighting Tigers were state runners-up a record six times. ... Ironton's all-time playoff record, 43-27.

Coal Grove (6-3) at Lucasville Valley (10-0)

Valley Indians Stadium

Lucasville, Ohio

7 p.m., Saturday

Tickets: $7 presale at school; $9 at the gate.

Coal Grove head coach Dave Lucas. ... Coal Grove's 10th playoff appearance. ... The Hornets have an all-time playoff record of 5-9. ... Lucasville Valley head coach Darren Crabtree. ... Lucasville Valley's seventh time in the playoffs. ... The Indians have an all-time playoff record of 5-6.

Symmes Valley (8-2) at Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (7-3)

Maysville Athletic Complex

Zanesville, Ohio

7:30 p.m., Friday

Tickets: $7 presale at school; $9 at the gate.

Symmes Valley head coach Rusty Webb. ... Symmes Valley's 10th playoff appearance. ... The Vikings have an all-time playoff record of 3-9. ... Bishop Rosecrans head coach Scott Moyer. ... Bishop Rosecrans is making its sixth playoff appearance. ... The Bishops have an all-time playoff record of 1-5.

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