Sunday, November 07, 1999

Huber Heights Wayne 18, Fairfield 14

Penalty fatal for Indians

Enquirer contributor

        A roughing-the-kicker penalty on a missed field-goal attempt gave Huber Heights Wayne new life, and the Warriors took advantage, beating Fairfield 18-14 in the first round of the Division I state football playoffs at Fairfield Saturday night.

        Ernest Tucker scored from 2 yards out with 2:48 left after kicker Jon McClain was roughed while missing a 37-yard field-goal try.

        “That was a great boost,” Wayne coach Jay Minton said. “That was a turning point.”

        Fairfield coach Tom Grippa said he didn't see the play.

        “I was watching the kick,” Fairfield coach Tom Grippa said. “I saw (the official) pull his flag.

        Wayne (10-1), which had never won a game in five previous playoff appearances, earns a second-round matchup against St. Xavier. The Bombers beat Moeller 49-26 Saturday night.

        Earl Haynes, Fairfield's pro lific junior running back, was held in check for most of the night, but he did gain 109 yards on 28 carries and score two touchdowns for the Indians.

        “We lost our fullback (senior Matt Traxler) on the second series,” Grippa said. “He blew out his knee. He was a big-time blocker. He was the best blocker in southwest Ohio.”

        Haynes was kept in check for most of the first half, but he did break loose for 57 of his 80 first-half rushing yards on back-to-back plays to set up the half's only score on his 7-yard run.

        The Warriors needed a half to tune up their high-powered offense. After gaining 127 yards of total offense in the first half, they picked up 129 in the third quarter to come from behind and take the lead.

        Wayne fumbled the second-half kickoff and Everett Hibbard recovered, but Fairfield was unable to take advantage when Jason Brown's 24-yard field-goal attempt bounced off the left upright. The rejuvenated Warriors went 80 yards in five plays, in a drive capped by Derek Jones' 7-yard pass to John Hollins. Wayne took the lead when Jones, who finished 19-for-29 for 181 yards and one touchdown, shook off a would-be sacker and hit Will Allen for the 2-point conversion.

        Wayne ....... 0  0  11  7—18

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

        F—Haynes 7 run (Brown kick)

        W—Hollins 7 pass from Jones (Allen pass from Jones)

        W—McClain 39 field goal

        F—Haynes 2 run (Brown kick)

        W—Tucker 2 run (McClain kick)

        Records: Wayne 10-1, Fairfield 8-3

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Bellbrook 30, Purcell Marian 15
Centerville 35, Mason 31
Cincinnati Country Day 33, Mechanicsburg 7
Edgewood 63, McNicholas 28
Elder 14, Oak Hills 0
- Huber Heights Wayne 18, Fairfield 14
Indian Hill 26, Madeira 14
Ironton 28, Wyoming 14
Kings 32, Vandalia Butler 23
Lebanon 17, Springboro 0
New Richmond 42, London 32
St. Xavier 49, Moeller 32
Twin Valley South 25, Batavia 20
Wheelersburg 30, Badin 7
Beechwood 44, Raceland 12
Bellevue 55, Paris 20
Garrard County 28, Newport 27
Highlands 68, Anderson County 14
Holmes 41, Franklin Co. 25
Lou. Fern Creek 12, Boone Co. 0
Ludlow 37, Nicholas County 24
Newport Central Catholic 35, Berea 13