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Farmers get second shot at Wossman in playoffs

over time loss to Carroll on October 21, the Farmers fell
into the bottom half of the Class 3A playoff bracket.
Despite rebounding with two wins to close out the
regular season, the Farmers didn’t move much in the
power rankings.
“Once you get into Week Eight or Nine of the season,
you’re not going to move much,” Farmers coach Joe
Spatafora said. “You’ve got a good idea where you’re
going to end up.”
When the brackets were announced Sunday afternoon,
Spatafora and his staff didn’t have to scramble
to get information about their opponent. They’ll face
District 2-3A rival Wossman on Friday in Monroe.
“It doesn’t matter much who we play,” Spatafora said.
“Everyone is 0-0 at this time of year. One team will move
on, and one will go home after Friday.”
The Wildcats took a 14-7 win against the Farmers at
Doc Elliott Stadium on October 14. They used a stifling
defense to hold UPHS to just six first downs and 100
yards of total offense. Keyontae Fields had 111 yards
with the team’s only touchdown on 16 carries against
It was against the Wildcats that nagging injuries
began catching up with running back Shamar Turner.
He had four carries for just one net yard against Wossman,
and was limited to six yards on three carries the
following week in the loss to Carroll. For the last two
weeks, Spatafora has kept the 5-7, 181-pound senior on
the sidelines.
“Mentally and physically, he’s ready,” Spatafora
said. “We saved him to get him ready for this part of
the season.”
The Farmers finished the regular season with a 36-19
win over Caldwell Parish. They had the greatest offensive
output since a Week Five win over Calvary Baptist, with
443 yards rushing. Quarterback Nijeel Meeking was one
of three Farmers who had over 100 yards rushing against
the Spartans, finishing with 135 yards on 10 carries with
two touchdowns. Lawrence Glosson added 119 yards on 11
carries with a score, with Fields contributing 102 yards
on 12 carries with a touchdown.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Jarred Singleton
had 19 total tackles, pushing his team lead for the season
to 106, with 11 tackles for losses.
Singleton isn’t a typical Class 3A middle linebacker. He
is listed on the roster at 5-7 and 170 pounds. He’s much in
the same mold as former Farmer MLB Ben Rosson, who
went 5-9 and 190 pounds.

“He’s got great instincts for the ball,” Spatafora said.
“And he is a lot like Ben – dynamite in a small package.

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