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Union Parish proves too powerful for St. Martinville in 3A semifinals | High Schools – New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-12-04 10:49:00 –

The Union Parish attack was like a slow-moving train in Friday’s Class 3A semi-final playoff game in St. Martinville.

It took some time for the 7th seed Farmers to move, but their rush attack turned out to be difficult to stop with a 45-26 victory over the 3rd Tigers in the end.

The defense of St. Martinville was stingy early on as the Farmers scored only three yards in the first three plays before the junior tailback Tray Holly made his first down with a fake punt. Shortly thereafter, the drive stopped.

Union took over its own 13 after Farmers intercepted quarterback Tanner Harrison in Tigers’ first possession. The first of six touchdowns by Holly.

Island appeared when senior full-back Jacquarius Donald lost his mouthpiece and was forced out of the game in a single play.

“It inspired us,” said Farmers coach Joey Spatafora. “So we rolled. The island is so small that he got lost in the mix and broke a big run. He gave us momentum and we never looked back.”

Union (11-3) started its next ownership at 11, but with a 62-yard TD run by Holly in 4th and 1st place, Farmers led 16-0 at the beginning of the second quarter.

Holly finished 289 yards with 32 carries with 6 touchdowns and 4 2-point conversions. His last TD achieved a kick-off return of 65 yards in the fourth quarter.

“It was a great ball club we faced tonight,” Holly said. “We started a little slower, but we fixed things and won.”

The Tigers (11-3) climbed within 16-6 with a 65-yard kick-off return at 9:15 in the first half, but the Farmers soon got stuck again.

When the Brothers returned, the Tigers were penalized twice and forced to kick off from the 12-yard line. The Farmers returned the next kick to the Tigers 13 and set up another Holly Run.

“It got in shape and hindered some of us,” said Tigers coach Vincent Deluen. “We felt good early on, but when they went, we couldn’t stop them. They took it to us and hit us.”

Holly and Donald earned only 15 yards in the first nine carries, but Union’s line of attack began to insist shortly thereafter. Donald finished 102 yards in 16 attempts.

“They are Maurers,” Spatafora said of his offensive line. It helped Farmers rush over 4,500 yards at 101TD a year. “They are proud of their work. The way we like to run the ball, they need to be proud of their work, and they do.”

Karen Charles caught a 10-yard TD pass from Harrison in the second half, and Harrison caught a 25-yard TD pass from sophomore quarterback Cayden Zenon, who completed all four pass attempts in the fourth quarter. bottom.

Harrison completed 13 of the 130 yards of 18 passes in two pass cuts. Seniors rushed 21 yards with 10 carries with a 2-point conversion. Charles caught 10 passes at 99 yards and Harvey Brothers caught 4 times at 62 yards. Stephen Blanco rushed 89 yards with a 15-carry.

“What he brings to the table in the quarterback, we are excited about the future,” Deluen said of Zenon. “They worked so hard that I wish these seniors went one step further.”

Union has eliminated the Tigers from the playoffs of the last three seasons.

“It annoys it,” De Rouen said. “It’s hard to stop them. We just need to go back to the drawing board and maybe be tougher.”

Union will face rival Starrington in District 2-3A in the final on December 11th. Topseed Panthers (14-0), who beat the fifth church point 38-0 on Friday, beat Farmers 28-12 in the sixth week.

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