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Ironton faces Highland at Logan

Ironton’s Jake Rawlins (85) picks up yardage after a catch during last Friday’s 32-12 playoff win over Coshocton. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

The next stop is a familiar site: Logan High School.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers will meet the Sparta Highland Fighting Scots at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Logan’s Chieftain Stadium in the Division IV Region 15 semifinals.

Although Ironton left the SEOAL this year, the Fighting Tigers played at Logan’s artificial surface stadium two years ago.

Not only is Ironton familiar with the Logan site, the Fighting Tigers also know a little about Highland. The two teams met in the first round of the playoffs last season at Tanks Memorial Stadium with Ironton winning 36-0.

The Scots (9-2) return five starters on defense and six on offense including Artie McAndrew who rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 38-7 win over Portsmouth West.

West aided the Scots by losing six fumbles.

Ironton opened the playoffs with a 32-12 win over Coshocton.

In the other Division IV Region 15 playoff game, Heath (10-1) faces Columbus Hartley (9-2) at Johnstown Monroe High School.

Pairings for the rest of Division IV include Clinton-Massie and Kenton at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium, Johnathan Alder and Kettering Bishop Alter at Troy High School, Akron Manchester and Campbell Memorial at Ravenna High School, Chagrin Falls and Cortland Lakeview at Aurora High School, Belville Clearford and Genoa Area at Tiffin Columbian High School, and Elyria Catholic and Orrville at Medina High School.

All games are 7:30 p.m. Friday.

In Division V gamesof local interest, Minford and Oak Hill will play on Saturday at Jackson in a rematch of their regular season game.

Minford handed the Oaks their only loss of the season, 13-0. Oak Hill was playing without quarterback Jesse Slone.

Wheelersburg will play Fredericktown Saturday at Nelsonville-York.

Saturdays’ games are all at 7 p.m.