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Farmers Find Groove Headed Into Playoffs
It’s a line countless
coaches across the country
have probably used:
“That which does not
kill us, makes us stronger.”
Figures it would come
from Nietzsche, right?
Well, kind of.
It wasn’t Packers Hall
of Fame middle linebacker
Ray Nitschke, but German
philosopher – and possibly
distant cousin – Friedrich
Regardless, it applies to
what the Union Parish High
School football team has
fought through this season.
The Farmers first five
games of the season included
three defending state
champions. Going into the
final week of the regular
season, those teams have a
combined record of 38 wins
and six losses.
Week One opponent Airline
was the weakest of the
lot. With a 7-2 mark, the Vikings
are currently ranked
15th in the Louisiana High
School Athletic Association
Class 5A power ratings.
Week Two saw the Farmers
take a win against
defending Class A state
champion Haynesville, one
of two losses the Golden
Tornado has on the season.
They’re currently the three
seed in the LHSAA Class A
power ratings.
In Week Three, a team
that may be the biggest
surprise in the state across
all classifications, De La
Salle, came to Farmerville.
The Class 3A Cavaliers are
9-0 going into their contest
Friday against 8-1 Lutcher
and are currently seeded
third in the LHSAA Division
II power ratings.
Week Four’s opponent,
Many, will likely close the
regular season as the top
seed in Class 2A, as they’re
8-1 on the year with an allbut-
guaranteed win against
Pickering the last stop on
the regular season schedule.
Division III’s sixthranked
Calvary Baptist
Cavaliers are 7-2 on the
season with their losses
coming against Class 4A
Teurlings Catholic and
Class 5A Byrd, both who
are in the top half of the
playoff bracket in their
respective divisions.
Despite being below
.500 headed into Thursday
night’s district contest
against Caldwell Parish, the
Farmers find themselves
the tenth-rated school in
Class 3A. Last week, they
were on the bottom half of
the bracket as the 18th seed,
but moved up eight spots
following what many see as
a return to expectations in
a 53-13 win against Madison
Against the Jaguars,
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