LHSAA Football Playoffs: Bogalusa vs. Union Parish

Published 12:27 am Friday, November 24, 2023

BOGALUSA, LA — The football community in Washington Parish is abuzz with excitement as the Bogalusa Lumberjacks gear up for a crucial playoff game against the Union Parish Farmers. The game, scheduled for Friday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m., is part of the 2023 LHSAA Football Playoffs – Division III Non-Select tournament.

Under the guidance of third-year Head Coach Cyril Crutchfield, Bogalusa is looking to build on their impressive 2022 record of 9-2, where they were crowned District Champions. Despite losing 15 seniors from the previous season, including three experienced wide receivers, Coach Crutchfield remains confident in his team’s abilities, especially with four-year starting quarterback Ashton Levi at the helm. Levi, known for his dual-threat capabilities, threw 2,127 yards with 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 2022 while rushing for 318 yards and eight touchdowns​. The Lumberjacks advanced in the LHSAA Playoffs after their 28-7 win against Loreauville.

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Though filled with younger talent, the Lumberjacks’ offense still poses a significant threat. Players like two-way starter RB/LB Michael Burton and WR Desmond Ramirez, a sleeper recruit, are expected to make an impact. The team’s offensive line, featuring second-year starters OT Dayon Moses, OG Jakyrn Brock, and three-year starter OT Jayden Brice, brings stability and strength​.

Union Parish, led by 18th-year Head Coach Joe Spatafora, boasts an impressive 2022 season record of 12-2, including a runner-up finish in the state championship. Despite a small senior class and losing key players, Coach Spatafora’s team is not to be underestimated. The Farmers’ offense is expected to continue its strong performance, with RB Jy’marion Island and QB Jordan Hill returning to the field. Island had an impressive 1,003 yards rushing in 2022, while Hill, known for his athleticism and understanding of the offense, will be a crucial player.

The Farmers’ defense, with five returning starters, includes standout players like DT Tytravius Wallace and DE/OLB Tyquerius Wilson, who made All-State in 2022 with 184 tackles. This defense, known for its relentless pursuit, will be a formidable challenge for Bogalusa’s offense​.

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As the teams prepare for this high-stakes game, all eyes will be on key players like Bogalusa’s Levi and Union Parish’s Island. With both teams boasting a mix of experienced and emerging talent, this matchup is expected to be a thrilling display of high school football at its best.

The last time these teams met, Union Parish dominated Bogalusa with a 50-0 victory. However, with new rosters and strategies, this upcoming game is anyone’s to win. Whether Bogalusa can overturn their past defeat or Union Parish continues, their winning legacy remains to be seen. But one thing is sure: fans can expect a night of intense competition and standout performances.

The community eagerly anticipates this clash of titans, as the game carries the weight of playoff progression and the pride of their respective schools and towns.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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