Farmers now 3-0 behind the running of Holly

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  • Blake Ramsey (6 left) and Jared Tucker tackle the Franklin Parish runner to end the game Friday, giving the Farmers a 46-12 win and a 3-0 start to the season. Photo by Tony Valentino
    Blake Ramsey (6 left) and Jared Tucker tackle the Franklin Parish runner to end the game Friday, giving the Farmers a 46-12 win and a 3-0 start to the season. Photo by Tony Valentino
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Union Parish Farmers football moved to 3-0 Friday with a 46-12 home win over the Franklin Parish Patriots. UPHS is back in action this Friday with a 7 p.m., District II 3A contest at 3-1 Sterlington.

There’s no doubt the Farmers’ bread and butter has been the ground game. The team is averaging 332.7 yards rushing per game. And leading that ground attack is sophomore Trey Holly.

Holly has 12 touchdowns in the 3 games. He scored 5 TDs two weeks ago against 5A Ouachita, and followed that up with 4 scores last week against the Patriots. He had 8 carries for 156 yards and 3 rushing TDs, in the first half. He added an 85-yard kickoff return for a score in the first half as well. Holly didn’t have a single carry in the second half.

It almost goes without saying that the offensive line is crucial, when the team averages more than 330 rushing yards per game.

“We have a lot of weapons,” said UP Head Coach Joe Spatafora. “The O line is the biggest weapon we got. Those guys continue to get better. Holly drives them and challenges them as well.”

Defensive lineman Kevin Randall joined the scoring, knocking down a pass at the line of scrimmage and intercepting it for a 15-yard pick 6. Senior Spencer Sensley and junior JaQuarius Donald each added a score as well.

The UP defense held the Patriots to just 12 points, with 6 of those coming long after the contest had been decided. “The defense did a good job tonight,” Spatafora said. “That defense flies to the ball. There’s a bunch of new faces out there. All four of them in the secondary are new. They’re getting better each week. Our senior leaders, Kameron Crow on the D line and Hayden Edwards at the middle backer spot. Those guys do a good job.”

Holly is the story, though. That’s who people are talking about and that’s who opposing teams will focus on. The sophomore has 64 carries for 666 yards, averaging 10.4 yards per carry and 222 yards per game.

“Is Trey a heck of a player, no doubt about it,” said Spatafora. “But he knows as well as the rest of these guys out here that it takes all 11 of them executing and doing they’re job every time to be successful.”