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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
good job giving them the
chance to get into the open
field. And we’ve got good
receivers this year. With
Ginn or (Glosson), we can
put them at quarterback,
in the backfield or as a
receiver. Having to defend
both of them on the field at
the same time, along with
(running back) Jakias Wallace,
you’ve got to account
for each of them on every
With Dylan Harris coming
in late for mop-up duty
at quarterback against
Madison, the Farmers
hit on six of nine passing
attempts for 131 yards and
303 yards in total offense.
Union added another 196
kick returns, averaging
46.5 yard on three kick
returns and 34.3 yards on
three punt returns.
“We were able to move
the ball on the ground
and with passing, and our
defense played well,” Spatafora
said. “Our special
teams also contributed.
We really played well in all
three phases.”

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