Undefeated. District champs. Throw those out the door for a few hours Friday as the No. 2 seed Union Parish High School Farmers play host to 31-seed North Webster in a first-round playoff game. It’s the playoffs and each game is win or go home for every team remaining.
UP has been winning. The 7-0 Farmers have yet to mark an L in their ledger. The Knights will leave Springhill Friday with a 3-4 record. The teams have two common opponents. NW lost to Sterlington 35-6 and lost to Green Oaks 38-20. UP beat both during the season.
“They are a very athletic team,” said UP Head Coach Joe Spatafora of the Knights. “They have a lot of history and tradition. They are very physical.”
They’ll need to be physical, especially on the de fensive front. The Farmers have rushed for 2,383 yards on the season. In seven games. They are averaging 340.4 yards per game, for a 7.9 yards per carry average.
UP has 37 rushing touchdowns. Sophomore back Trey Holly has accounted for 29 of those. Holly also has a KR TD for a total of 30 TDs on the season. Holly has 1,678 rushing yards on 158 carries for a 10.6-yard average. Spencer Sensley has added 321 yards rushing on 47 carries for a 6.8 ypc average as well. In the Farmers’ last game, Sensley rushed for over 100 yards on fullback dives straight up the middle.
Those numbers show the UP offensive line may be the best weapon the team has. “They work well together,” said Spatafora. “They’ve got to love their job because they don’t get a lot of accolades.
They work together as a team and that’s important.”
Playoff time is also a time when every aspect of your game is important. Quarterback Cole Dison has thrown for 631 yards this season, completing 33 of 78 passes for five TDs through the air. It’s an area the Farmers have worked on more in the last few games. Rykel Wallace leads the team with 10 receptions for 212 yards and 2 scores. Dylan Harris also has 2 receiving TDs on 3 catches for 60 yards. Dentrell Franklin has 1 score on 6 catches for 135 yards. Holly has 9 catches for 111 yards and Sensley has added 3 receptions for 100 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball junior Blake Franklin has a team high 52 total tackles and 2 sacks. Senior Kam Crow leads in the sack department with 3, and has 36 total tackles.
“We just have to go out and take care of business like always,” Spatafora said. “We have to take care of North Webster.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.