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Coal Grove to play SE at Lucasville

Coal Grove Hornets’ defensive back Jordan Case (3) makes the hit on Shenandoah Zeps’ quarterback Boone Jones (10) during last Friday’s Division VI Region 23 quarterfinal game. The Hornets won 7-6. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

COAL GROVE — It’s a familiar place but an unfamiliar face.
The Coal Grove Hornets will play in the Division VI Region 23 regional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. at Lucasville Valley.
The Hornets played at Lucasville just last season against the Valley Indians. They also played a playoff game there in 2012 in the first round of the playoffs against Valley.
But this time Coal Grove (10-1) will battle the Chillicothe Southeastern Panthers (11-0), the first time the two schools have ever met in football.
The other Region 234 semifinal game has Fort Frye (10-1) playing unbeaten Nelsonville-York (11-0) at New Lexington.
In last week’s quarterfinals, Coal Grove edged Shenandoah 7-6 while Southeastern beat Steubenville Catholic 44-40. N-Y blanked Shadyside 34-0 and Fort Frye got past Northmor 6-0.
Catholic had just mounted a goal line stand with less than two minutes to play and attempted to run out the clock only to fumble. The Panthers recovered at the 10-yard line with 1:16 to play.
Southeastern quarterback Lane Ruby hit Dakota Houser with a 7-yard scoring pass with only three seconds to play.
Friday’s winner will meet in the regional finals on Friday, Nov. 17.
A complete list of the playoff pairings is on Page 7.