Farmers earn awards during perfect regular season and run to title game

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Union Parish High School football had a perfect regular season and beat some stiff competition during the playoffs to reach the state title game in 3A. Unfortunately the dream season didn’t end with a title, but several Farmers were recognized for their efforts in getting there.

Sophomore running back Trey Holly rushed for 2,709 (225.8 avg per game) yards this season and scored 48 total touchdowns. Individual team records are no longer kept around the state, but one voter with the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association (LSWA) said Holly had, by far, the most yards and TDs in the state this season. According to various social media sites, including Holly’s own, the running back has already received scholarship offers to continue his education and football career at LSU, Arkansas, Kansas and Purdue.

“Trey is a special talent,” said UP Head Coach Joe Spatafora. “He’s got the heart to go along with that ability. He’s already a leader.”

Holly was an All-District selection and was the District 2 – 3A Offensive MVP. He was also named to the LSWA All-State team and earned the state’s 3A Outstanding Offensive Player award.

Senior linebacker Hayden Edwards earned the District Defensive MVP award and was also an All-State selection. The 5-8 junior led the team with 85 tackles. “Hayden is a great young man and a great leader,” said Spatafora. “He’s a 3-year starter, captain and did a tremendous job for us.”

Rounding out the All-District selections is Spatafora himself, honored with the Coach of the Year award for District 2 – 3A.

UP’s offensive line may have been its best offensive weapon all year. The Farmers rushed for 4,016 yards this season, averaging 334.7 per game. “These guys were the leaders of our team. They came to work every day.”

One of those linemen, Jack Monk, a 6-5, 290-pound senior, was named to the state’s 3A All-State team. “Jack was a big presence on the field,” Spatafora said. “He was very instrumental in our success.”

Defensive lineman Blake Ramsey rounds out the All-State selections for UPHS. The 6-3, 240-pound junior, was second on the team with 81 total tackles and tied for first with 24 tackles for loss. “Blake is one of the strongest, toughest guys in the trenches. He likes getting in there and getting dirty and taking care of business,” Spatafora said.

Honorable Mention All-State recognition was given to Dentrell Franklin, Kam Crow and Dylan Harris for the Farmers.

UP ended the season 11-1 and in the championship game. It wasn’t an easy season. The season awards list tells a story of strong competition. Including All-State team selections and those who made Honorable Mention, 33 players from the teams UP faced were honored.