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Three local teams get first round opponents

Ironton Fighting Tigers’ running back Tyler Hager (30) stiffarms a Portsmouth defender as he gains some of his 197 yards in last week’s 30-14 win. Ironton plays at Amanda-Clearcreek on Saturday in the Division IV playoffs. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

The results are in. It’s time to play.

The final computer ratings have been completed and the Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced playoff pairings for 192 schools that includes three local teams.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers and Chesapeake Panthers have qualified for the Division IV playoffs in Region 15 while the Symmes Valley Vikings have made the Division VI postseason in Region 23.

Ironton and Chesapeake will play on the road in the first round while Symmes Valley is at home. All three teams will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The Region 15 pairings have Ironton (6-4) at Amanda-Clearcreek (8-2), Chesapeake (7-3) at top-seeded St. Clairsville (9-1), Indian Valley (7-3) at Johnstown-Monroe (10-0) and Coshocton (8-2) at Martins Ferry (8-2).

Winners advance to the regional semifinals with the Ironton-Amanda winner facing the Johnstown-Indian Valley winner and the Chesapeake-St. Clairsville winner against the Martins Ferry-Coshocton winner.

Those winners will play in the regional finals. The second and third round games are played at a neutral site.

Symmes Valley (9-1) earned the top seed in Region 23 and will host No. 8 Glouster Trimble (7-3). Sciotoiville East (7-3) is at home against Beallsville (8-2), South Gallia (7-3) visits Washington Buckeye Central (8-2) and Danville (7-3) hosts Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (6-4).

The Symmes Valley-Trimble winner plays the Danville-Rosecrans winner and the East-Beallsville winner takes on the Buckeye Central-South Gallia winner. Those winners play in the regional finals.

Coal Grove just missed the Division V playoffs. The Hornets had a 15.45 average and finished 10th. Smithville was eighth with a 16.0 average.

In games involving Region 19 of Division V, Lucasville Valley hosts West Lafayette Ridgewood and Portsmouth West goes to Nelsonville-York in a couple of 7:30 p.m. Friday games.