For the second straight year, the Ironton Fighting Tigers are headed to the Division 5 State Championship football game.

The Tigers punched their ticket to the big show with an exciting 22-19 victory over Cincinnati Roger Bacon in a state semi-final game played Saturday at London High School. Once again, the Tigers will be facing the same foe for the state championship as Kirtland defeated Otsego 39-13 in the other semifinal game. Kirtland defeated Ironton 17-7 in last season’s showdown game.

Ohio State Buckeyes’ recruit Reid Carrico led the Tigers to the win over Roger Bacon as he rushed for 179 yards on 28 carries and scored the winning touchdown on a 23-yard pass reception with 8 minutes to play in the game.

The Ironton-Kirtland rematch is set for 2 p.m. next Saturday at Fortress Obetz near Columbus. Ironton will be gunning for its third overall state football championship to go along with titles won in 1979 and 1989. Kirtland, meanwhile, will be aiming for its third straight state championship.