Saturday, September 16, 2000

Fairfield 28, Lakota West 20

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Quarterback Brett Pogozalski put on an aerial display in the second half Friday, rallying Fairfield to a 28-20 victory over host Lakota West.

        The victory enabled Fairfield to remain in a three-way tie — with Colerain and Princeton — for first place in the Greater Miami Conference. Lakota West is one game behind.

        Ineffective during the first half (five of 13), Pogozalski turned completed nine-of-18 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown in the second half.

        “We didn't change anything at halftime,” Pogozalski said. “It was just a matter of me hitting the receiver. I felt the pressure in the first half but didn't let it bother me in the second.”

        Fairfield's swarming defense also played a role in the victory, giving up only 44 yards in the second half while holding the Firebirds scoreless.

        “This bunch of seniors is special,” Fairfield coach Tom Grippa said. “As freshmen, they came from behind to beat Elder and that told me something about them.”

        Trailing 20-7 at halftime, Fairfield took control in the third quarter. The Indians drove 72 yards on six plays following the kickoff with tailback Earl Haynes scoring from 28 yards out. The conversion kick cut the deficit to 20-14.

        On the ensuing kickoff, Lakota West fumbled with Fairfield's John Spurlock recovering at the Firebird 28. Six plays later, Fairfield had a 21-20 lead when Haynes scored from 1 yard out.

        “The fumble changed the momentum,” Pogozalski said. “From that point, everything went our way.”

        The Indians put the game away in the fourth quarter. Taking over on their own 49, they drove 51 yards with Spurlock scoring on a 6-yard pass from Pogozalski for a 28-20 lead.

        “I told the kids at halftime that halftime scores are useless,” Grippa said. “If you look at the first half, their first drive was great but the second was set up by a fumble.”

        Grippa was also happy with the defense during the final 24 minutes.

        “We have a good defense and they showed it tonight,” Grippa said. “The defense was on the field too long in the first half and that was the offense's fault.”

        Time of possession told the tale of the first half with Lakota West controlling the ball 17:32 to 6:28 for Fairfield.

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

        Lakota West ....... 14  6   0  0—20

        L—Babb 7 pass from Rhoads (Breech kick)

        L—Osinski 25 pass from Rhoads (Breech kick)

        F—Haynes 6 run (Sample kick)

        L—Hutzelman 3 run (kick wide)

        F—Haynes 28 run (Sample kick)

        F—Haynes 1 run (Sample kick)

        F—Spurlock 6 pass from Pogozalski (Sample kick)


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Anderson 31, Mason 7
Batavia 21, Williamsburg 18
Beechwood 14, Covington Catholic 0
Bellevue 33, Rowan County 9
Blanchester 48, Jamestown Greenview 16
Boone County 28, Conner 7
Chaminade Julienne 38, Purcell Marian 13
Cin. Country Day 53, CHCA 7
Colerain 37, Sycamore 0
- Fairfield 28, Lakota West 20
Finneytown 34, Deer Park 13
Glen Este 21, Harrison 14
Henry Clay 28, Ryle 10
Indian Hill 27, Mariemont 0
Kings 45, Norwood 10
Landmark 38, Lockland 6
Lebanon 48, Little Miami 6
Lemon-Monroe 53, Dayton Stebbins 0
Lex. Bryan Station 34, Campbell County 6
Lloyd 27, Fleming Co. 17
Loveland 33, Goshen 6
Madeira 26, Reading 12
Canton McKinley 28, LaSalle 21
Miamisburg 27, Edgewood 12
Middletown Madison 20, Carlisle 12
Milford 38, Hamilton 24
Moeller 21, Bethlehem Catholic 6
Mount Healthy 41, Taft 0
New Richmond 22, Western Brown 8
Nicholas County 49, Ludlow 0
Princeton 35, Oak Hills 13
Roger Bacon 28, McNicholas 13
Ross 25, Wilmington 6
Simon Kenton 16, Scott County 14
St. Ignatius 29, St. Xavier 10
Summit Country Day 38, N. College Hill 10
Talawanda 20, Dayton Carroll 10
Turpin 35, Northwest 28
Walnut Hills 19, Hughes 0
West Carter 42, Newport 14
Western Hills 40, Woodward 6
Winton Woods 21, Amelia 7
Withrow 33, Aiken 8
Wyoming 37, Taylor 14