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Wossman scores twice in final 4 minutes to end season for UPHS
The Union Parish Farmers were less
than four minutes from moving onto the
second round of the Allstate/Sugar Bowl
Louisiana High School Athletic Association
Prep Classic Playoffs, holding a 22-14
advantage over Wossman.
Instead, the Wildcats rallied for two
late scores to end the Farmers’ season
with a 26-22 loss at Grady Jones Memorial
Stadium.
A blocked punt with less than four minutes
remaining put the Wildcats within
two. The Farmers were able to stuff the
two-point conversion that would have tied
the game.
Following the ensuing kickoff, the
Wildcats stopped the Farmers’ offense
from putting the game away before their
offense mounted the game-winning drive.
In getting ready for what proved to be
a grueling District 2-3A schedule, Union
Parish played one of the two toughest
schedules in Class 3A.
All of the Farmers’ first five opponents »


Farmers get second shot at Wossman in playoffs
over time loss to Carroll on October 21, the Farmers fell
into the bottom half of the Class 3A playoff bracket.
Despite rebounding with two wins to close out the
regular season, the Farmers didn’t move much in the
power rankings.
“Once you get into Week Eight or Nine of the season,
you’re not going to move much,” Farmers coach Joe
Spatafora said. “You’ve got a good idea where you’re
going to end up.”
When the brackets were announced Sunday afternoon,
Spatafora and his staff didn’t have to scramble
to get information about their opponent. They’ll face
District 2-3A rival Wossman on Friday in Monroe.
“It doesn’t matter much who we play,” Spatafora said.
“Everyone is 0-0 at this time of year. One team will move
on, and one will go home after Friday.”
The Wildcats took a 14-7 win against the Farmers at
Doc Elliott Stadium on October 14. They used a stifling
defense to hold UPHS to just six first downs and 100
yards of total offense. Keyontae Fields had 111 yards
with the team’s only touchdown on 16 carries against
Wossman.
It was against the Wildcats that nagging injuries
began catching up with running back Shamar Turner.
He had four carries for just one net yard against Wossman,
and was limited to six yards on three carries the
following week in the loss to Carroll. For the last two
weeks, Spatafora has kept the 5-7, 181-pound senior on
the sidelines.
“Mentally and physically, he’s ready,” Spatafora
said. “We saved him to get him ready for this part of
the season.”
The Farmers finished the regular season with a 36-19
win over Caldwell Parish. They had the greatest offensive
output since a Week Five win over Calvary Baptist, with
443 yards rushing. Quarterback Nijeel Meeking was one
of three Farmers who had over 100 yards rushing against
the Spartans, finishing with 135 yards on 10 carries with
two touchdowns. Lawrence Glosson added 119 yards on 11
carries with a score, with Fields contributing 102 yards
on 12 carries with a touchdown.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Jarred Singleton
had 19 total tackles, pushing his team lead for the season
to 106, with 11 tackles for losses.
Singleton isn’t a typical Class 3A middle linebacker. He
is listed on the roster at 5-7 and 170 pounds. He’s much in
the same mold as former Farmer MLB Ben Rosson, who
went 5-9 and 190 pounds. »


Farmers playoff seeding sets well with Spatafora
Heading into the last
week of the regular season,
football coaches across the
state are hoping to improve
their power ranking for the
Allstate/Sugar Bowl Louisiana
High School Athletic
Association playoffs.
Don’t count Union Parish
head coach Joe Spatafora
in that number.
The LHSAA’s power
rankings shows games
played through October 21
has the Farmers as the 23rd
seed in Class 3A. Louisianasportsline.
com – which uses
the LHSAA formula – has
games through October 28
in its formula, showing the
Farmers have a 20th seed in
the division.
Spatafora was asked if
the Farmers hope a win
Friday at Caldwell might
improve the team’s ranking
to get a first-round game at
home.
“We’re in a great position
now,” Spatafora said.
“Twenty through twenty
three is a good spot for us.”
The potential exists for
the Farmers to get a second
shot at a district rival
who handed them a defeat
earlier in the season. The
louisianasportsline.com
power rankings through
Week Nine have Carroll (7-
2) at Number 12 and Wossman
(6-3) at 13.
Caldwell (1-8) comes into
the game on a seven-week
losing skid. Last week, however,
the Spartans kept it
close against Richwood –
who brought a 5-3 record
into the contest – before
falling 6-3.
The Farmers snapped a
two-game losing streak in
District 2-3A play with a
28-6 homecoming win over
Madison Parish.
As they have since
district play started, the
Farmers played outstanding
defense against the
Jaguars, with two interceptions
and one fumble »


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