Saturday, October 30, 1999

Fairfield 35, Winton Woods 14

Haynes' 4 TDs help Indians roll

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Fairfield's Earl Haynes catches a long pass over Winton's Dante Flanigan.
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        It didn't come as easily as the score would indicate, and it didn't feature all the glory the team might have wanted, but Fairfield finally put itself back in the playoffs Friday.

        The Indians ended a three-year losing streak to Winton Woods by beating the Warriors 35-14 at Fairfield. The loss probably killed Winton Woods' playoff hopes and put Fairfield back in the postseason for the first time since it won the 1986 Division I state title.

        “For us, this was just a matter of finishing the season and getting rolling going into the playoffs,” Fairfield coach Tom Grippa said.

        “We're the GMC champs, and usually, the GMC champion ends up having a good chance at making a playoff run,” Grippa said. “I'm excited for our kids and think this is a big moment for the program.”

        Junior tailback Earl Haynes added to his already school-record season rushing total by running 33 times for 189 yards and four TDs.

        Haynes ended the regular season just 17 yards short of 2,000 but endured some late hits from Winton Woods in the final minute of the game as he pursued the mark. The second one came on the final play of the game and left Haynes shaken up enough that he needed to be helped off the field by a trainer.

        “Toward the end, there were some late hits for some reason,” Haynes said. “I was hoping to get to 2,000, but I thought my line did a great job tonight.”

        Winton Woods coach Troy Everhart, who frequently put eight or nine defenders at the line, agreed.

        “I would say their offensive line was the difference,” Everhart said. “Haynes was here last year, but their offensive line and offensive line coach deserve a lot of credit.”

        The victory was the first of the season for Fairfield when its defense had allowed more than one TD. Winton Woods made it interesting with a fourth-quarter surge.

        The Warriors pulled to 21-14 on a 2-yard run by quarterback Kenwood Lattimore with 8:28 to play. On the ensuing kickoff, Winton Woods kicker Ian McCoy kicked a low line drive that hit off the back of a retreating Fairfield blocker, and Winton Woods' Larry Thompson recovered at the Fairfield 44.

        “We knew we were still in a game then,” Grippa said. “But the defense made a big stop, and then we punched it in.”

        Winton Woods got to the Fairfield 36, but Lattimore threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-2.

        Fairfield then covered 64 yards in nine plays, with Haynes scoring on a 15-yard draw play that put the game back in Fairfield's firm control.

        By halftime, Haynes had rushed 20 times for 106 yards and scored two TDs, and Fairfield held a 21-7 lead.

        Fairfield looked like it might bury Winton Woods early. The Indians took the opening kick and went 74 yards in 11 plays before Haynes scored on a 3-yard run.

        Winton Woods fumbled less than a minute later at its own 25. Fairfield needed only three plays to score again, with Haynes bursting in from 2 yards out to put Fairfield into a 14-0 lead with 3:49 left in the first quarter.

        Winton Woods responded with a TD on a fourth-and-4 play at the Fairfield 24, when Lattimore found speedster Corey Jones on the last play of the first quarter.

        The only score of the second quarter came on a 19-yard pass from Fairfield's Todd Bridge to John Spurlock that pushed the lead to 21-7.

        Winton Woods ....... 7  0  0   7—14

        Fairfield ....... 14  7  0  14—35

        F—Haynes 3 run (Brown kick)

        F—Haynes 2 run (Brown kick)

        WW—Jones 24 pass from Lattimore (McCoy kick)

        F—Spurlock 19 pass from Bridge (Brown kick)

        WW—Lattimore 2 run (McCoy kick)

        F—Haynes 15 run (Brown kick)

        F—Haynes 7 run (Brown kick)

        Records: WW 6-4, F 8-2.


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How ranked teams fared
Batavia 35, Western Brown 0
Beechwood 48, Newport CC 0
Bellevue 20, Dayton 0
Bethel-Tate 45, Clermont NE 6
Boone County 62, Simon Kenton 6
CCD 9, Reading 0
CHCA 32, Finneytown 27
Col. Watterson 35, Lakota East 21
Deer Park 43, North College Hill 13
Dixie Heights 41, Covington Catholic 7
Edgewood 49, Middletown Fenwick 7
Elder 16, Oak Hills 15
- Fairfield 35, Winton Woods 14
Goshen 27, Little Miami 21
Grant Co. 33, Frankfort Western Hills 20
Hamilton 45, Badin 13
Highlands 47, Conner 10
Holmes 30, Scott 9
Hughes 16, Aiken 7
Indian Hill 28, Glen Este 10
Kings 28, Turpin 13
La Salle 24, Colerain 14
Lakota West 48, Harrison 21
Loveland 49, Wilmington 29
Ludlow 21, Holy Cross 6
Madeira 42, Lockland 12
Mariemont 45, Summit CD 13
Mason 24, Lebanon 21
McNicholas 34, Taylor 15
Miami Trace 52, Hillsboro 32
Milford 55, Amelia 14
Moeller 34, Princeton 24
Monroe 41, Talawanda 34
New Richmond 28, Williamsburg 27, OT
Newport 28, Russell 10
Northwest 16, Roger Bacon 14
Ross 42, Norwood 18
Ryle 28, Campbell County 12
Springboro 47, West Carrollton 12
St. Xavier 34, Anderson 6
Sycamore 49, Withrow 7
Western Hills 26, Walnut Hills 18
Worthington Christian 34, New Miami 20
Wyoming 13, Blanchester 6