NATCHITOCHES – A heavy downpour for most of the game washed away everything but the score Wednesday as the Farmers struggled for really the first time all season, falling 50-0 to Madison Prep in the 3A title game here at NSU’s Turpin Stadium.
As a perfect sign of how things were going, tornado sirens went off, causing a delay with 3:20 left in the game. A perfect storm is what it took to keep UP out of the endzone. The delay came with MP leading 44-0. Both teams went to the locker room with the Chargers on offense inside the red zone. After the delay MP punched it in one last time.
“It was important to finish,” head coach Joe Spatafora said about continuing the game after the delay. “You can’t finish if there is still 3:20 left on the clock.”
Union fell behind 6-0 to start the game, but on its first possession following the MP score, the Farmers drove down to the Chargers’ 1 yard line. But instead of punching it into the endzone, a fumble gave the ball to MP and they drove down for a score and 2-point conversion to go up 14-0.
The Farmers just couldn’t get anything going after that.
It looked like a different team out there instead of the team that went 11-0 before this game. Madison Prep scored double digits in 3 of the 4 quarters: 14, 16, 8 and 12.
“On our end, I don’t think we played as physical as we could,” Spatafora said. “I think we were a little lackadaisical. Execution is a big part of the game. We didn’t execute and they did. We did not do a good job of getting our defense off the field and they took advantage of it.”
Union could only muster 7 first downs to the Chargers’ 26. Only 161 yards of total offense to 486, and 155 yards rushing to 284. It was as lopsided as the score indicates.
“Madison Prep did a great job. They came out here and took care of business.”
Trey Holly led the Farmers with 110 yards rushing on 23 carries. JaQuarius Donald added 40 yards on 9 carries. This was the first time all season Holly didn’t get into the endzone.
Defensively, Hayden Edwards, Kam Crow and Spencer Sensley each had 9 tackles, with Blake Ramsey adding 7.
“It was a great feeling to be here in this state championship game. The LHSAA… everybody did a good job making sure this season happened,” Spatafora added.