Ironton, Chesapeake back in prep postseason playoffs
The Ironton Fighting Tigers know what it feels like to make the Ohio High School Athletic Association postseason football playoffs.
The Chesapeake Panthers appear to like that feeling, too.
Ironton qualified for the playoffs for the 33rd time in OHSAA playoff history — tied with Cincinnati Moeller for the second most all-time — and will play at Coshocton at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Division V Region 19 quarterfinals.
The Panthers (9-1) are in the playoffs for the 10th time but the second straight year and will host the Barnesville Shamrocks (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in a Division VI Region 23 game.
Barnesville is making its seventh postseason appearance while Coshocton is in the playoffs for the 15th time.
Ironton (7-3) has played the Redskins (8-1) seven times and holds a 4-3 record overall. The Fighting Tigers have won three of the last four meetings including 32-12 in 2010.
The other Region 19 games have West Lafayette Ridgewood (9-1) at Wheelersburg (10-0), Zane Trace (8-2) at Nelsonville-York (8-2) and Liberty Union (7-3) at Sugarcreek Garaway (10-0).
All games are Saturday at 7 p.m.
The semifinals will match the Ironton-Coshocton winner against the Liberty Union-Garaway winner and the Ridgewood-Wheelersburg winner against the Zane Trace and Nelsonville-York winner.
The semifinal winners will then meet in the regional title game.
In the other Region 23 games, Bishop Ready (7-3) goes to Hannibal River (9-0), Centerburg (8-2) visits Fort Fry (10-0) and Newark Catholic (6-4) travels to Bellaire (6-4).
All games are 7:30 p.m. on Friday except the Newark Catholic at Bellaire game. It will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday because Bellaire does not have lights.
The Chesapeake-Barnesville winner will play the Centerburg-Fort Frye winner while the River-Ready winner faces the Newark Catholic-Bellaire winner.
Those winners play for the regional championship.
Newark Catholic is the Ohio all-time leader in playoff appearances with 35.