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With a win and some help, UPHS could be home in first round
Regardless of the outcome
of Friday night’s
game against Wossman,
the Union Parish High
School Fighting Farmers
will qualify for the
Allstate/Sugar Bowl Louisiana
Athletic Association
Football Prep Classic
playoffs.
A win against Wossman,
however, could
translate into one more
game played at the current
version of Doc Elliott
Stadium as opposed
to a road trip that could
see the Farmers playing
south of Baton Rouge in
the first round.
UPHS comes into the
contest with a 5-4 overall
record and a 1-3 mark in
District 2-3A play. According
to the LHSAA power
ratings released Monday,
the Farmers find themselves
as the 18th seed. If
there are no changes in
the rankings – which is
most unlikely (more on
that later) – the Farmers
would travel to take on
number 15 seed Donaldsonville.
Wossman opened the
season dropping their
first five games as they
struggled to find an offense,
scoring just four
times in the first four
games.
Madison Parish proved
to be the answer for the
Wildcats offensive woes,
as they posted a 50-26 win
against the Jaguars to
open District 2-3A play.
Wossman dropped their
next two games – 50-14
against Sterlington and
41-0 to Carroll – before
bouncing back for an 8-7
win against Richwood
last week to put their 2-3A
record at 2-2. The Farmers
1-3 district record also
features a win against
Madison, a one-point loss
(20-19) a 14-6 loss at Richwood
and last week’s 40-13
loss at Sterlington.
The Farmers held a
two-point leading going
into halftime, based on a
12-play drive to open the
game capped off by Chris
Smith’s two-yard TD run
and Trent Ginn’s extra
point. After the Panthers
tied the score late in the
first quarter, UPHA took
the lead on an eight-yard
slant pass from Ginn to
Jaylon Gaels and a twopoint
conversion run from
Lawrence Glosson Jr. The
drive was kept alive when
Ginn scampered for 13
yards on a fourth down
near midfield. The Panthers
pulled within two
just before intermission
when Carson Clowers
scored on a quarterback
keeper from 56 yards out.
Sterlington scored on its
three possessions in the
third quarter to put the
game out of reach. The
Panthers also clamped
down defensively, limiting
the Farmers to just 30
yards total offense after
halftime.
With a win, it’s possible
that three games being
played Friday could catapult
the Farmers to the
top half of the bracket
and give them a home
game in the first round. »


Fulton reflects on seniors’ contributions
Five seniors will wear the purple and gold of Union
Christian Academy for the final time Friday as the
Lions travel to Natchez to take on Trinity Episcopal
Day School in MAIS Distict 1-A action.
After evening their record at 1-1 with a 44-42 win
against Benton Academy on August 25, the Lions have
dropped six straight. Included in that run is a 29-28 loss
at Claiborne Academy in Week Four and a 29-20 loss to
Glenbrook in Week Seven of the season.
UCA coach Trey Fulton said injuries to key contributors
on a roster of just over 20 players has taken its toll.
“We played well in most of our games for three
quarters and then just give out,” Fulton said.
Junior running back Nick Evans has been hampered
by an ankle sprain for most of the season. The same
can be said for sophomores Kris Evans and Josh Warren.
Last week, Fulton said the injuries could be the
proverbial silver lining in a dark cloud.
“We had guys who were pressed into the lineup
when someone else went down,” Fulton said. “They’ll »


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 »


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