Saturday, September 11, 1999

Fairfield 34, Sycamore 8

Everybody loves Haynes: 215 yards, 5 TDs

Enquirer contributor

        Fairfield tailback Earl Haynes waited a week to atone for a one-point loss to Piqua.

        Haynes took his frustration out on Sycamore Friday. He ran 34 times for 215 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Indians, ranked 10th in The Enquirer's coaches poll, to a 33-8 win over the No.5 Aviators in the Greater Miami Conference opener for both teams at Sycamore Stadium.

        Was Haynes, a junior, surprised he carried the ball so much?

        “Not really,” he said. “(Head coach Tom Grippa) told me I was going to get a lot because he heard (Sycamore's) defense wasn't all that tough. My line did great, so we were able to do whatever we could.”

        Grippa said Haynes made his job easy.

        “We were blocking them, so why not run the ball?” Grippa said. “Since I've been at Fairfield, we haven't played with that much emotion and enthusiasm. We challenged them. They rose to the occasion.”

        Fairfield outgained Sycamore 366-223, and the Indians had 33 first downs to Sycamore's eight. Still, Sycamore coach Tom Adams didn't think the loss was a major setback.

        “It's pretty simple to me: Fairfield was a better football team than we were,” he said. “On another night, we might beat them.”

        In the first half, Haynes almost outgained the Sycamore offense by himself: he carried 20 times for 142 yards, while the Aviators managed 148 total yards.

        Haynes' onslaught started with Fairfield's opening drive, a nine-play, 74-yard march. He carried seven times for 42 yards, including the 4-yard TD run with 6:30 left in the first quarter.

        “(Haynes) does things you don't teach,” Adams said.

        Sycamore senior George Wells was pretty much the entire Aviators offense the first half. He carried six times for 63 yards and caught two Randall Hunt passes for another 53.

        Wells' numbers disappeared, however, because of the four Aviators turnovers. Fairfield senior Jason Brown picked off two interceptions, senior Garrett Padgett grabbed a third, and sophomore Kaleb Greer recovered a Wells fumble.

        Because of the miscues, Sycamore never advanced closer than the Fairfield 35 in the half.

        About the time Sycamore thought it had contained Haynes, senior quarterback Todd Bridge shredded the Aviators secondary.

        A 10-yard pass to junior John Spurlock kept one drive alive for Haynes' 15-yard TD run with 54 seconds left in the first quarter, and a Bridge-to-Spurlock 33-yarder led to Haynes' 11-yard score with 6:52 left in the half.

        Haynes, who has 589 yards rushing for the year, added a 1-yard plunge with 3:38 to go in the half.

        It was a good thing Fairfield did most of its damage in the first half, because the Indians squandered two third-quarter chances. Sycamore junior Tim Dickerson intercepted a Bridge pass in the end zone, and junior defensive back Shawn Alexander recovered a Haynes fumble in the end zone.

        Fairfield made up for those mistakes in the fourth quarter.

        Junior linebacker Justin Bertsche sacked Hunt for a 7-yard loss three plays into the period. Spurlock then returned Wells' punt from the Fairfield 30 to the Sycamore 2, but an unsportsmanlike conduct for too much celebrating put it back on the 17.

        As it turned out, the penalty didn't matter. Bridge hit Spurlock for 10 yards and Haynes carried the final seven, including a 2-yard TD with 8:56 to go.

        Sycamore finally scored on a 4-yard run by Wells and Hunt's two-point conversion run with 3:58 remaining. Wells finished with 13 carries for 88 yards.

        Fairfield ....... 13 13 0 7—33

        Sycamore ....... 0 0 0 8—8

        F—Haynes 4 run (Brown kick)

        F—Haynes 15 run (kick blocked)

        F—Haynes 11 run (pass failed)

        F—Haynes 1 run (Brown kick)

        F—Haynes 1 run (Brown kick)

        S—Wells 4 run (Hunt run)

        Records: F 2-1 (1-0 in GMC), S 2-1 (0-1).


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