Farmers clinch undefeated season, district title

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  • Farmer players celebrate and visit with family and friends following the team’s 48-18 win over Carroll. The win clinched a district championship for the Farmers. Gazette photo by Byron Avery
    Farmer players celebrate and visit with family and friends following the team’s 48-18 win over Carroll. The win clinched a district championship for the Farmers. Gazette photo by Byron Avery
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Trey Holly ran for 290 yards and 5 touchdowns last week against Carroll, and the Farmers ran away with a district title.

Union Parish High School finished a COVID-shortened season 7-0 with a 3-0 District 2-3A record. The Farmers are ranked No. 3 in Louisiana’s Class 3A, behind No. 1 De La Salle (6-0) and University High (6-1).

Friday’s scheduled game against Wossman was cancelled by Wossman. Next up will be a home playoff game Nov. 27. That opponent has yet to be determined.

“The guys came out here tonight and did their job, finished their season right and won a district championship,” UP Head Coach Joe Spatafora said following the game.

And it was that cut and dried. The Bulldogs hung with the Farmers for the first couple scores, but it was business as usual the rest of the way.

Speaking of business as usual, Spencer Sensley carried the ball 17 times for 112 yards, all straight up the middle. For good measure he added a 75-yard pass reception.

“Spencer has been big for us all year, playing a lot of positions, a lot of key positions,” Spatafora said. “Spencer’s a pounder and he has deceptive speed as well.”

Once again the Farmers’ offensive line opened holes for its backs. Holly’s 290 yards came of 22 carries, with an average of 13.2 yards per carry. His 5 scores give him 30 on the season, 29 of those coming via the ground game.

Holly’s season totals show 158 carries for 1,678 yards, averaging 10.6 yards per touch.

He added 9 catches for 111 yards and scored his only non-rushing TD on a 75-yard kickoff return.

Quarterback Cole Dison, who was 4-6 on the night for 167 yards and 1 score, has only completed 7 passes on the season. But 5 of those completions went for scores.

Rykel Wallace was the recipient of Dison’s TD pass against Carroll, a 46-yard beauty.

Kam Crow added a 5-yard TD on his only carry of the night.

Spatafora said winning the district title is what his team was looking for as part of their goals. “It’s just something else that’s part of our goals throughout the year. They did their job.”