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Strong finish fuels FarmersStrong finish fuels Farmers
To be certain Joe Spatafora
wants his Union Parish
High School football to
win every time they take
the field. If the Farmers
finished 15-0, he’d be almost
perfectly happy.
But he also sees the early
part of the schedule as
a chance to get the team
ready for games played
“when it really counts.”
Each year, UPHS plays
a non-district schedule featuring
teams that make
deep runs into the playoffs
year after year. Last season,
all six of the Farmers opponents
were coming off
seasons where they’d qualified
for the post season.
This year is no exception.
Starting the season at Class
5A Airline, the Farmers
returned to Doc Elliott
Stadium to open the home
season against perennial
power Calvary Baptist. Friday
night, they’ll entertain
Rayville, which made it to
the quarterfinals in Class
A last season.
“They’ve always got
great athletes,” Spatafora
said of the Hornets. “Every
game we’ve played against
them has been a battle.”
Union Parish has a fourgame
winning streak in the
series, with three of those
wins coming by eight points
or less. The only game that
wasn’t close was a 48-7 win
by the Farmers in 2013
when they won the Class 3A
state championship.
Rayville brings an 0-2
record into the game. They
are coming off a 32-22 loss
to Jena.
Offensively, they are
led by junior quarterback »


Wolves look to build experience
When D’Arbonne Woods took the field last Friday in
their first game of the season against St. Frederick, the
Timberwolves had lost at least 25 players from last year’s
44-man roster.
Fifteen players graduated, and at least 10 more had
transferred away from the school. Those who were left
did not take part in spring football and had very limited
participation in conditioning programs.
“We’re playing against programs that had off-season
programs,” coach David Feaster said. “They practiced in
the spring, lifted weights and took part in other activities.
They’re much more experienced.”
After holding out a dozen players in the jamboree
against Arcadia, the Wolves’ roster was at full strength
against St. Fred. Almost one-third of the rosters –nine of
30 players – are ninth graders, many seeing significant
playing time.
“We’re starting a lot of freshmen,” Feaster said. “I
thought they plugged away. They improved even over the
course of the game and gave great effort.”
St. Fred took a 49-6 win over D’Arbonne Woods in the
game.
This marks the fourth – and final – season the Timberwolves
will play their home games at the former Bernice
High School stadium, 20 miles from their campus. In
August, the DWCS board of directors gave its approval to
plans for construction of a stadium at the school’s campus
Feaster said the game was played “in a great environment.
I just wish we could have given our fans more to
cheer about. To their credit, they all stayed until the end.
It was great to see our players and their families on the
field following the game.” »


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