No Rest For The WearyNo Rest For The Weary
After dominating the
line of scrimmage on the
offensive side of the ball
during the first quarter
against Many, it appeared
Union Parish had healed
their wounds and put behind
them last week’s humiliating
defeat to De La
Salle High School, 62-13.
With the defending 2A
State 2014 champions Tigers
coming into Doc Elliott
Stadium, the Farmers
appeared to have prepared
very well for the challenge
at hand.
Jacob Fossier raced 64
yards on a quick dive with
11:49 remaining in the first
quarter to put the Farmers
up 6-0 after a failed point
after. On their next possession,
quarterback Chase
Spatafora raced 62 yards for
a score, giving Union a 14-0
lead with four minutes left
in the first quarter.
With a porous defensive
effort throughout the night
and costly penalties Union
negated huge plays, none
bigger than a 69-yard touchdown
on an excellent run by
Shamar Turner later in the
first quarter.
Many would come back
with three scores and settled
down defensively behind
the tough punishing
runs of A.J. Carter, who
amazed over 200 yards for
the night.
With Spatafora connecting
with Nigel Meeking on
a 44 yard-pass as the second
quarter ended, Many held a
22-20 advantage going into
half time.
During the third quarter,
Many took advantage of
the young Farmer defense
with two long drives that
resulted in a 36-22 lead.
Throughout the game
Union lacked the ability to
finish off tackles and play
assignment football.
Union gained 450 total
yards for the night, rushing
for 370 and passing for 80
yards. On the other hand
Many would rush for 490
yards and pass for 80 more.
Fossier would push in
two scores in the fourth
quarter on runs of 2 yards
closing the gap eventually
to 42-36 as the Farmers fall
to 1-3 on the year.
With their third straight
game at home, the schedule
gets no easier for Union
this week with another
defending state champion,
Calvary Baptist Academy,
coming to town Friday in
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Farmers likely on road to open postseason play
Under the old playoff system used for decades by
the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, as
champions of District 2-3A the Union Farmers would
be preparing for a first round playoff game at home.
With the power ranking system utilized since 2012,
the Farmers 8-0 mark in what may be the weakest district
in Class 3A means for the season to continue, it
will be with a first-round road game.
UPHS completed its perfect run through district play
with an 11-0 win against Richwood last Tuesday. Each
of the Farmers’ district contests were run-shortened
games, called when one team is 10 or more runs ahead
of its opponent. Collectively, the Farmers’ district foes
have an overall record of 14-35. Only two of the collective
wins came against opponents outside the district.
At press time Tuesday, the Farmers were ranked
20th. If that seeding holds true after the brackets were
set Tuesday afternoon, they would travel to Loranger
to take on the 13th-seeded Wolves.
Especially in the early rounds of postseason play,
seedings can be misleading, with lower seeds advancing
past the first round. In 2014, the 16th-seeded Farmers
hosted a first-round game against No. 17 Notre Dame
and dropped a 5-4 decision. Loranger went on the road
as the 21 seed and took an 11-8 win over North Webster.
In the second round, the Wolves hosted 28th-seeded
Albany and dropped a 9-6 decision to the Hornets.
Dates and game times for first-round games were
posted on the LHSAA website Tuesday afternoon.
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