Saturday, November 06, 1999

Twin Valley South 25, Batavia 20




BY CAREY HOFFMAN
Enquirer contributor

        Speed beat strength Friday night and, as a result, Batavia's perfect season came to a stop in the first round of the playoffs.

        Twin Valley South scored on a 16-yard TD pass from Brad Lindloff to Tom Byrd with 4:47 to play to clinch a 25-20 victory over host Batavia in a DivisionV battle of first-time playoff participants.

        Batavia had two more pos sessions, but the first ended on downs at the TVS 40-yard line with 2:51 to play and the second ended on the second interception of the fourth quarter by TVS' Mike Crews on a failed play-action pass with 1:09 left.

        “Their team speed was superior to ours,” Batavia coach Jamie Corrill said.

        Batavia led 14-12 at the half. The Bulldogs moved the ball in the second half, but their only score came when they recovered a fumble at the TVS 5- yard line with 9:56 left in the game. Batavia's workhorse back, 215-pound Brandon Faubion, ran it in from three yards to give Batavia a 20-19 lead with 9:12 to play. Faubion had 23 carries for 100 yards and two TDs on the night.

        “I was a little nervous then,” TVS coach David Miller said. “That turnover we had was huge and a couple of seniors had key mistakes there. They knew they had to make up for it.”

        TVS' winning drive covered 68 yards, with Lindloff completing 4 of 5 passes on the for 41 yards. Lindloff used TVS' speed advantage away from the line to complete 10 of 13 passes in the game for 134 yards.

        Crews was probably the biggest factor in the change of momentum in the second half. Besides his two interceptions, he also had five catches for 58 yards in half.

        “Coach had me follow their No.1 receiver and thought I could match up with him,” Crews said.

        TVS intercepted three passes in the game and has 28 for the season. Batavia had success running the ball, but couldn't produce points on the ground.

        When TVS committed more to passing in the second half, it put Batavia in a tough spot. “We have exactly three defensive backs on our roster who can play varsity football,” Corrill said.

        Byrd, a sophomore running back, scored all four TVS TDs. He ran for 121 yards, including a 64-yard TD on his first carry of the night. He also caught two TD passes.

        Batavia ended the best season in its history with a 10-1 record.

        TVS ....... 12  0  7  6—25

        Batavia ....... 7  7  0  6—20

        B—Faubion 1 run (Hennessey kick)

        T—Byrd 64 run (kick wide)

        T—Byrd 10 run (run failed)

        B—Clark 14 pass from Kent (Hennessey kick)

        T—Byrd 2 pass from Lindloff (Wellbaum kick)

        B—Faubion 3 run (run failed)

        T—Byrd 16 pass from Lindloff (pass failed)

        Records: TVS 10-1, B 10-1.



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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
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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