Ironton Fighting Tigers' running back Patrick Lewis (22 - black jersey) runs through the attempted tackle by Bloom-Carroll's Dalton Vanatta (22 - white jersey) during Friday's Division IV Region 15 quarterfinal game. Lewis ran for 310 yards and four touchdowns as Ironton won 41-16. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports

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Ironton rolls past Bloom-Carroll to open playoffs

Published 1:32am Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jim Walker


IRONTON — Patrick Lewis ran 26 times for four touchdowns and 310 yards including 249 in the second half as the Ironton Fighting Tigers beat the Bloom-Carroll Bulldogs 41-16 Friday in the Division IV Region 15 quarterfinals.

Ironton took a 7-0 lead on a Lewis 8-yard run in the first quarter. B-C recovered a fumble at the Ironton 46 and scored seven plays later on a 14-yard Kelly Milliser to Tyler Sorg pass.

A bad snap on a punt gave Ironton the ball at the Bulldogs’ 5-yard line and Tanner Dutey scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a 14-7 lead.

B-C got within 14-13 when Milliser hit Sorg on a 44-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired in the first half. The ball appeared to be intercepted but went through the hands of an Ironton defensive back into Sorg’s hands.

A 23-yard field goal by Dominic Garris gave B-C a 16-14 lead to begin the second half, but Lewis took over with a 53-yard scoring run to make it 20-16 with 6:07 left in the third quarter.

Lewis broke the game open with touchdown runs of 64 and 23 yards to make it 34-16 with 7:04 to play.

Bloom-Carroll (5-6) had 277 total yards with 98 coming on the ground. Leading rusher Zach Jude had just 74 yards on 23 carries. Milliser was 12 of 35 for 179 yards and two touchdowns.

Ironton will play Johnstown-Monroe in the regional semifinals next Friday, possibly at Jackson. The Johnnies beat Ironton 34-7 last season in the regional semifinals.


Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans 26, Symmes Valley 3

ZANESVILLE — Quarterback Adrick Cronin threw for three second half touchdowns as the Bishop Rosecrans pulled away from the Symmes Valley Vikings 26-3 in the Division VI Region 23 quarterfinals.

The Vikings (8-3) rushed for 257 yards with D.J. Miller running 15 times for 171 yards.

Cronin was 16 of 20 passing for 168 yards as the Bishops (8-3) pulled away after leading just 6-3 at the half.

Jess Moore ran for 47 yards and Ben Baldwin caught seven passes for 82 yards.

Symmes Valley recovered a Rosecrans’ punt at the 2-yard line and drove the length of the field to the 3-yard line. But an offsides penalty pushed the ball back and the Vikings settled for a  25-yard field goal by Tyler Ferguson and the lead was 3-0.

Baldwin picked up a bad snap 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage and ran for a touchdown that gave the Bishops a 6-3  lead with 2:55 left in the half.

But Cronin threw an 8-yard TD pass to Jared Cox in the third quarter and then scoring passes of 14 and 11 yards to Thomas Thacker in the fourth quarter.


Friday’s Scores


Friday’s OHSAA Playoff Results

Division II

Aurora 35, New Philadelphia 32

Avon 28, Perrysburg 11

Canal Winchester 21, Zanesville 16

Chagrin Falls Kenston 26, Tallmadge 23

Chardon 42, Warren Howland 16

Cin. Turpin 26, Tipp City Tippecanoe 3

Cin. Winton Woods 50, Trenton Edgewood 7

Cols. Marion-Franklin 46, Pataskala Licking Hts. 14

Dresden Tri-Valley 47, New Carlisle Tecumseh 29

Franklin 34, Cin. NW 28

Kent Roosevelt 24, Akr. Ellet 7

Mansfield Madison 14, Westlake 7

New Albany 25, Cols. Beechcroft 6

Tiffin Columbian 28, Mansfield Sr. 16

Tol. Cent. Cath. 50, Grafton Midview 7

Trotwood-Madison 48, Cin. Mt. Healthy 0


Division IV

Akr. Manchester 21, Gates Mills Hawken 14

Batavia 46, Cin. Hills Christian Academy 27

Brookfield 38, Ashtabula Edgewood 14

Clarksville Clinton-Massie 48, Cin. Madeira 7

Cols. Hartley 63, Upper Sandusky 19

Creston Norwayne 48, W. Salem NW 7

Genoa Area 42, Cols. Ready 14

Ironton 41, Bloom-Carroll 16

Johnstown-Monroe 24, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 21

Milton-Union 46, Williamsport Westfall 14

Norwood 21, Middletown Fenwick 14

Ottawa-Glandorf 72, Lorain Clearview 0

Piketon 49, Minford 27

Richwood N. Union 40, Galion 21

St. Clairsville 41, Cadiz Harrison Cent. 6

Youngs. Liberty 48, Streetsboro 35


Division VI

Ada 50, Waynesfield-Goshen 15

Berlin Center Western Reserve 19, Shadyside 18

Danville 30, Hannibal River 6

Delphos St. John’s 34, Leipsic 29

Fremont St. Joseph 27, Tol. Ottawa Hills 3

Glouster Trimble 41, N. Robinson Col. Crawford 6

Malvern 21, Fairport Harbor Harding 0

Maria Stein Marion Local 53, Bradford 27

McComb 14, Arlington 0

Minster 48, Lewisburg Tri-County N. 7

Mogadore 49, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 24

Newark Cath. 41, Fairfield Christian 14

St. Henry 45, Ft. Loramie 21

Tiffin Calvert 56, Norwalk St. Paul 27

Youngs. Christian 20, Warren JFK 14

Zanesville Rosecrans 26, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 3

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  • 86Tiger

    Also to R. Fetherolf, Like caglewis I would also like to apologize for what you have described in your post. Please know that that is not how all of us are. Also since this was a playoff game some of these idiots could have been from surrounding communities, because we were the only game in town that night. I don’t know that for sure, but I know we often have people from other schools come to our playoff games. I would have been upset also. I do know that there is a group that has sat on that side for years, but I have never heard of them behaving this way in the past. At any rate please accept our apology. Also tell your son he played a good game. My son is also a senior and I can truly understand why you were upset by this.

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  • caglewis

    TO: R. Fetherolf
    I offer you a sincere apology, sir. Our town and high school have hosted many teams – from as far away as Canada – and generally do fairly well at welcoming our guests. I am no longer able to attend games, so I have no recent first-hand experience, but what you report makes me ashamed. Ironton has a justly proud football heritage!
    I’m so sorry we didn’t live up to that same standard in our hosting fan behaviour last Fri. Good luck to your school/team in the future. I invite you to to follow all teams in our area.
    And, as long as you’re not playing us, I’ll root for you.

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    • Regina

      To “caglewis” and “86Tiger” Thank you for your sincere apology and for taking the time to write it.

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  • Regina

    I am an alumnus of Bloom Carroll High School and have been watching high school sports for over 30 years. I have some serious concerns after participating as a spectator/parent in last night’s playoff game which took place in Ironton.

    First, I do not understand why Ironton fans were allowed to sit on the Bloom Carroll side, right behind our student section? When I first realized this, I moved closer to the middle of the stands and away from the Ironton spectators. At some point during the game an adult male and 2 teenage girls began harassing and taunting our students and were even spouting racial slurs to one of our African-American students. There were plenty of seats in the Ironton stands during the entire game. I heard from many people, who have experienced playing Ironton and even those who are from Ironton, that warned about the Ironton fans, however, I was not aware of this prior to the game. Apparently, they are notorious for sitting on the visitor’s side. When asked why they were sitting on our side, they responded, “It’s a free country, I can sit wherever I want to sit.” This ruined what was the last football game for some of our senior student fans and needs to be addressed in the future. If I had known what was going on during the game, I would have found a police officer and reported it. I was busy trying to watch the game , which happened to be my son’s (a senior) last football game. This is the first time in 12 years that Bloom Carroll has qualified for the playoffs. We (Bloom Carroll) traveled a long way and did not deserve to have it tainted by this type of unsportsmanlike atmosphere at a high school sporting event.

    Another incident I heard about from players and others: during the game an adult male from Ironton was standing along the fence directly behind our players & talking to them (encouraging? distracting?) and someone was making derogatory remarks to our cheerleaders.

    We need to protect the integrity and tradition of high school sports. What should have been a good experience was turned sour by what was allowed to occur at this event.

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