Ironton posts playoff win over Bloom-Carroll
IRONTON — Thanks to a huge rushing attack by Ironton, the Fighting Tigers opened up their Ohio Division IV playoff run Friday with a 41-16 win over Bloom-Carroll at Tanks Memorial Stadium.
Ironton (7-3) received a herculean from senior star running back Patrick Lewis, who accounted for 320 of the 418 rushing yards the Fighting Tigers generated.
Ironton scored all six of its touchdowns on the ground.
Lewis racked up 258 of his yards after halftime while scoring three times in the second half and four times for the game.
The final score was not indicative of what the game was like in the first half.
The teams jockeyed for field position and momentum during the first half of play. Lewis scampered in from eight yards out on the game’s opening position to give Ironton a 7-0.
The Bulldogs (5-6) picked up a fumble on Ironton’s second possession and converted it into a score. Kelly Milliser connected with Tyler Sorg from 14 yards out to equal the game, 7-7.
After the teams traded punts, Bloom-Carroll was forced to punt again and the snap went over the punter’s head and he had to fall on the ball on his own 4-yard line. The Fighting Tigers capitalized on the mistake with a quarterback keeper by Tanner Dutey from 1-yard out, which put them up, 14-7.
The Bulldogs were able to close out the first half with a touchdown pass as the clock expired. Milliser and Sorg hooked up again, this time from 44 yards.
The point-after-touchdown kick failed and Ironton kept a slim 14-13 lead at halftime.
To open the second half, Bloom-Carroll was able to seize the momentum it gained at the break and took its first lead with a 23-yard field goal by Dominic Garris that put them up, 16-14.
However, thanks to the strong running of Lewis and a stout second half defensive effort, Ironton dominated the remainder of the game.
The senior running back got churning on his team’s first drive, breaking a 53-yard touchdown run to put his team up again, 20-16.
Following a few punts by each team, Lewis found the end zone once more, this time on the first play of Ironton’s drive from 64 yards out and the lead expanded to 27-16.
A 24-yard TD run by Lewis made it 34-16 with 7:04 remaining.
One more score by Ironton, this time by Trevor White on a 1-yard run, cemented the game.
Lewis’ 320 rushing yards was his career high. His previous high came earlier this year when he ran for 261 yards.
The Fighting Tiger defense provided fuel for their offense. Ironton was able to limit the Bulldog passing game in the second half, something it struggled with the first half of play.
After Milliser had an 8-for-15 first half for 121 yards, the junior completed just four passes in the second half for 61 yards.
In total, the Bloom-Carroll had just 279 yards of total offense compared to Ironton’s 482.
With the victory, the Tigers will head on the road for the second next week as they will have a rematch with Johnstown-Morrone, who beat Indian Valley on Friday.
BLOOM-CARROLL 7 6 3 0 — 16
IRONTON 7 7 6 21 — 41
I — Lewis 8 run (Schweickart kick)
BC — Sorg 14 pass from Milliser (Garris kick)
I — Dutey 1 run (Schweickart kick)
BC — Sorg 44 pass from Millser (Garris failed)
BC — Garris 23 field goal
I — Lewis 53 run (Schweickart kick)
I — Lewis 64 run (Schweickart kick)
I — Lewis 24 run (Schweickart kick)
I — White 1 run (Schweickart kick)
Total Yards 279 482
First Downs 13 14
Rushes-Yards 33-97 54-418
Comp-Att-Int 13-34 2-5
Passing yards 182 64
Penalties-Yds 5-55 6-55
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
RUSHING — BC: Jude 22-74; Vanatta 2-17; Milliser 8-8; Fetherolf 1 (-2). IRON: Lewis 26-320, Brown 11-54; White 13-36, TD; Dutey 4-8.
PASSING — BC: Milliser 13-34, 182 yards. IRON: Dutey 2-5, 64 yards.
RECEIVING — BC: Sorg 6-100, Meadows 3-31; Ball 2-30; Fetherolf 1-21. IRON: Stephens 1-42; Lewis 1-22.