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With a win and some help, UPHS could be home in first round
, staff@fgazette.com
11-02-2017

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.
DeLaSalle (8-0/4-0)
currently leads the District
10-3A standings and
is the top-ranked team in
Division II. They travel
to take on Donaldsonville
(7-2/2-2), the 15th
seed in Class 3A.
Two games in District
8-3A could also impact
the Farmers status. Seventh
seeded Kaplan and
number 17 seed Patterson
match 4-0 district
records and 6-3 overall
marks at Patterson,
while 16th seeded Berwick
hosts 24th seeded
North Vermillion, with
each team having 6-3
overall records and 2-2
marks in district play.

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