Saturday, September 25, 1999

Haynes leads Fairfield romp


38-7 win over Colerain keeps Indians unbeaten

BY DAVE SCHUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Fairfield's Earl Haynes ran for four touchdowns and 147 yards against Colerain Friday.
(Gary Landers photos)
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        The bitter memory of 1998 has been eased.

        “I'll never forget the game and the fumbles, but this will make it easier,” Fairfield tailback Earl Haynes said. “Tonight will make it much easier for me.”

        Haynes, a 5-foot-8, 180 pound junior tailback, scored four touchdowns and rushed for 147 yards on 32 carries, leading the Indians to an easy 38-7 victory over Colerain at Fairfield.

        The victory kept Fairfield undefeated in the Greater Miami Conference with a 3-0 record, while Colerain dropped into second place at 2-1.

        Last year at Colerain, Haynes fumbled on the Colerain 4-yard line with the scored tied 31-31 late in the game, enabling the Cardinals to pull out a 34-31 victory.

        “I expected to be wide open on that run last year,” Haynes said. “But a Colerain defender put a helmet on the ball and knocked it loose.”

        Tom Grippa, Fairfield's third-year coach, didn't expect the victory to come so easy.

        “This is the first time that all three phases of the game came together,” Grippa said. “The offense clicked, the defense played great and the special teams also were outstanding.”

        Colerain coach Kerry Coombs offered no excuses for his team.

        “They were good, real good,” Coombs said of Fairfield. “They were good up front (offensive line) and sustained their blocks very well. They just wore us down.”

        Colerain had hoped to do a better job of hanging onto the ball against Fairfield than in previous games. The Cardinals had turned over the ball four times in each of their last two games, yet managed to beat Milford and Middletown.

        But the Cardinals fumbled on their first possession, with Fairfield's Thomas Rieger recovering on the Indian 46.

        It took Fairfield 10 plays to drive 54 yards, with Haynes scoring from 17 yards out. Jason Brown's conversion kick made it 7-0 3:49 remaining in the quarter.

        “It's our job to prevent the kids from getting down after a turnover,” Coombs said. “But it was tough tonight because everyone was saying, "Here we go again.' ”

        After the Indians took a 14-0 lead on an 8-yard run by Haynes, the special teams came up with a big play, with Brown launching a 66-yard punt that was downed at the Colerain nine.

        The Indian defense held and gave the ball back to the offense with 2:36 remaining. Brown then kicked a 36-yard field goal 27.8 second before halftime for a 17-0 lead.

        Fairfield scored on its first possession in the third quarter with a 23-yard pass from Todd Bridge to Ben Knoth. Haynes then added TD runs of five and seven yards.

        Colerain got on the scoreboard with 14 seconds remaining on a 3-yard run by quarterback Kyle Funk.

        Fairfield dominated the final statistics.

        The Indians rushed for 208 yards and passed for 63 yards for the game. The Fairfield defense kept Colerain without a pass completion in six attempts.

        Funk ran the ball 21 times for 121 of Colerain's 177 rushing yards. The Cardinals didn't complete a pass, missing on six attempts.

        When the horn sounded to end the game, about 300 Fairfield students ran onto the field and attempted to pull down the goal post before security people arrived.

        However, the post is badly bent and could be costly for the school to repair before the next home game in two weeks.

Colerain ....... 0   0   0  7— 7
Fairfield ....... 7  10  14  7—38

        F—Haynes 18 run (Brown kick) 1-3:49

        F—Haynes 8 run (Brown kick) 2-10:07

        F—Brown 36 field goal 2-0:28.

        F—Knoth 23 pass from Bridge (Brown kick)

        F—Haynes 5 run (Brown kick)

        F—Haynes 7 run (Brown kick)

        C—Funk 3 run (Crosby kick)

        Records: Colerain 4-1, 2-1 GMC; Fairfield 4-1, 3-0 GMC.

       



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