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Farmers head to Dog Pound
Joe Spatafora doesn’t
care that the Carroll Bulldogs
come into Friday
night’s District 2-3A game
hosting the Union Parish
Fighting Farmers with a
three game losing streak.
“They’ve always got
great athletes,” Spatafora
said. “They’re the same
this year. They’ve got good
skill position players and
big, big guys up front. Especially
that number 74.”
Isaac Ellis wears that
jersey number for coach
Jackie Hamilton. Listed
at 6-3 and 320 pounds, Ellis
occupies space along both
the offensive and defensive
lines. On defense, his size
and quickness frequently
require double-team
blocks, which makes it
possible for Bulldog linebackers
to clamp down on
running plays.
After becoming district
rivals in 2011, the Farmers
won four straight, including
three in very convincing
fashion. Union Parish
beat the Bulldogs 28-0 in
2012, 41-0 in 2013 – the year
they won the Class 3A state
championship – and 61-0
in 2014. Since both teams
moved into Class 3A, the
Bulldogs have had the
better of UPHS. Carroll
posted a 32-19 win in 2015
and won 14-13 in overtime
last year.
The dual threat of dual-
threat quarterbacks led
the Farmers to a 62-14 win
against Madison Parish
to push the Farmers’ district
record to 1-1. Trent
Ginn scored every other
time he carried the ball
against the Jaguars: The
freshman had six carries
for 110 yards and three
touchdowns. Senior Lawrence
Glosson Jr. also had
110 yards on six carries
with a touchdown.
Spatafora said having
two athletes who are far
more than adequate under
center can create problems
for defensive coordinators.
“You can’t just line up
and blitz against us,” Spatafora
said. “They are both
talented runners, and our
offensive line is doing a »


Farmers look to rebound
On paper, the Madison Parish Jaguars are the perfect
opponent for the Union Parish Fighting Farmers to face
for homecoming.
They would also appear to be an ideal tonic to get the
taste of last week’s 14-6 loss against Richwood in their
District 2-3A opener out of their mouth.
Madison will bring a 1-6 mark into Doc Elliott Stadium
for Friday’s contest. They are on a four-game losing
skid after posting a 58-44 win over Delhi in Week Three
of the season.
Other than one game this season, the Jags have
been more than able to put points on the board. Throw
out one game where they only scored one touchdown,
they’ve averaged 28.4 points per game.
Defense is another matter altogether. In only one
game this year have the Jags not surrendered at least 30
points to their opponents. Their last two games – Wossman
last week and Country Day the week prior – they
gave up 50 and 70 points, respectively. They are allowingopponents to score an average of 45 points per game.
Madison is coached by Levi Washington Jr. He played
quarterback for his father, who coached Tallulah High
School for many years. In his first year as head coach,
Washington Jr. led the Jaguars to their first playoff
berth in 13 seasons.
Since 2011, the Farmers and Madison have been
district opponents. The Farmers have won seven games
against the Jags in that time, including two during a
three-week period in 2014 – a 49-8 win in Week Nine »


Farmers take four-game win streak into 2-3A opener
With a state championship
in 2013, the Union
Parish Fighting Farmers
put the cap on their rise
to the top of Class 3A
football in the Louisiana
High School Athletic Association.
After a heartbreaking
overtime loss to Haynesville
in Week 2 the following
season, the Farmers
won 10 straight before
falling to West Feliciana
in the second round of the
playoffs.
Two years of one-anddone
in the playoffs put
the Farmers in unfamiliar
territory.
“We had been the team
people didn’t want to play,
and then we became a
game folks thought they
could win,” coach Joe
Spatafora said.
Expectations for 2017
were uncertain. A shutout
loss on the road at Airline
may have heightened the
doubt in any minds.
Union Parish – ranked
ninth in the Louisiana
Sports Writers Association
Class 3A poll this
week – travels to Richwood
on Friday riding a
four game win streak.
“There are two things
we talk about every day,”
Spatafora said. “We have
on our board, ‘Get better
every week.’ The other
thing we tell them is ‘Focus
on the finish.’ I think
they’ve learned the importance
of that early this
year. It’s something we’ve
learned against a tough
schedule, something that
will benefit us during this
part of the season.”
UPHS won its last
pre-district game in convincing
fashion, cruising
to a 27-0 lead at halftime
en route to a 34-8 decision
over Franklin Parish. The
Farmers’ two-quarterback
system worked almost
to perfection against
the Patriots, with Lawrence
Glosson Jr. rushing
10 times for 125 yards
with a touchdown. Trent
Ginn added 120 yards on
13 carries and was five of
seven passing with two
touchdowns.
Richwood brings a
3-2 record into Friday’s »


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