Saturday, October 02, 1999

Fairfield 28, Lakota East 7

Padgett makes big plays on defense

Enquirer contributor

        Fairfield's Earl Haynes carried the load, but Indians teammate Garrett Padgett grabbed the spotlight.

        Haynes cashed in two of Padgett's turning-point defensive plays with second-quarter touchdowns and added one on his own in the third quarter to lead Fairfield to a 28-7 victory over Lakota East in a key Greater Miami Conference showdown before a sellout crowd at Lakota East on Friday night.

        The Indians (5-1, 4-0 GMC) broke a tie for first place with the Thunderhawks (4-2, 3-1) and solidified their bid for a playoff berth. Fairfield was ranked No.3 in the region's Division I Harbin computer ratings going into the game. Lakota East was No.7. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs.

        “Our No.1 goal is to win the GMC, period,” third-year Fairfield coach Tom Grippa said.

        Padgett, a senior defensive back/running back who has played all season with a broken bone in his right hand, picked off a Mike Kohler pass at Fairfield's 15-yard line early in the second quarter.

        “I came across from the middle,” Padgett said. “I don't think he saw me.”

        Haynes, who carried the ball on 39 of Fairfield's first 60 plays from scrimmage and gained 227 yards, converted the turnover into a touchdown seven plays later with a 34-yard run in which he high-stepped to his right to avoid a tackle and broke into the clear.

        Lakota East stalled on its next possession, and Padgett leaped high over a backfield blocker and blocked Kenny Harper's punt.

        “I've blocked a field goal before, but I've never jumped over anybody to block a punt,” Padgett said.

        The Indians took over on the Thunderhawks' 32-yard line, and Padgett set up Fairfield with first-and-goal at the 1 with a 17-yard burst up the middle. Haynes scored the touchdown, his 16th of the season.

        “(Padgett) sparked us,” Grippa said.

        Said Padgett: “(Lakota East) had some quotes in the newspaper where they said all they had to do was execute and they would beat us. That fired us up.”

        Fairfield ....... 0  14  7  7—28

       Lakota East ....... 0   0  0  7— 7

        F—Haynes 34 run (Brown kick).

        F—Haynes 1 run (Brown kick).

        F—Haynes 4 run (Brown kick).

        F—Pogozalski 42 pass from Bridge (Brown kick).

        F—Kohler 9 run (Harper kick).

        Records: Fairfield 5-1 (4-0 GMC), Lakota East 4-2 (3-1 GMC).


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