On a night that saw multiple lightning delays and a kickoff two hours after it was scheduled, the Union Parish Farmers dominated in a 35-14 district win at Sterlington Friday.
“We’re going to take advantage of our opportunities and play the game,” Head Coach Joe Spatafora said after the win. “That’s what I kept telling them every time we sat in there longer and longer. We’re going to play regardless. Just take care of business when it gets time.”
And take care of business is exactly what the Farmers did. UP jumped out to a 22-0 lead in a downpour, pounding it out on the ground enroute to a 22-6 halftime score.
Sterlington scored to make it 28-14 Farmers and seemed to be putting things together. But with 2:35 to go in the third quarter, the Farmers went on an 8:04 momentum killing drive that went 80 yards in 18 plays, resulting in a Trey Holly 9-yard TD scamper, leaving just 6:31 on the clock.
Holly and the offensive line were the story once again. The sophomore back had 252 yards on 39 carries with 5 TDs and two 2-point conversions. That’s 17 touchdowns on the season with 918 total rushing yards.
The Farmer defensive unit also showed up again, hold the rival Panthers to just 14 points, taking away their ground game.
UP returns to district play Friday, with a Homecoming contest against Richwood at 7 p.m.