Notes and quotes from Sterlington's 13-12 quarterfinal victory over Union Parish:
REDEMPTION: Just as coach Lee Doty predicted in a postgame interview following the Panthers' 57-56 second round overtime playoff victory vs. Church Point, the defense came back strong Friday night.
A week after being gashed for 374 rushing yards, the Panthers held a good offensive team to 183 total yards (90 rushing, 93 passing).
Union averaged just 3.4 yards per carry on 26 rushing attempts and completed 7-of-19 passes for 93 yards with five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles).
"It was a complete reversal from last week. Our defense was embarrassed after the Church Point game," Doty said. "What an effort to come back and hold Union Parish to under 200 yards total offense."
Against Union, it was the defense's turn to carry the offense as the Panthers were held to a season-low 13 points.
"I appreciate the defense," tailback Dallas Reagor said. "Last week, we had their back. Tonight, they helped us out. Union's a tough team. It doesn't matter how you win as long as it's a win."
Union produced 329 yards of total offense in a 31-20 Week 9 loss to the Panthers, including 181 yards through the air.
Cornerback Trey Eddins opened the scoring with a 34-yard pick-6 in the second quarter of the regular season match, but later gave up a 60-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Jones.
Trey Eddins was also a pivotal player in Friday night's game. In fact, he may have been the game's unofficial MVP. Jones, who caught four passes for 118 yards in Week 9, was held to two catches for five yards Friday night. When Jones ran downfield, he was blanketed by Trey Eddins and safeties Dorian Eddins and Reece Brooks.
"I watched film on No. 3 (Jones) all week, studying his routes and learning his moves," Trey Eddins said.
Trey Eddins, meanwhile, intercepted two passes, one in the endzone.
"I've been telling everybody that Trey is a Division I player," Doty said. "Tonight, he played like one."
Trey Eddins' first pick prevented the Farmers from extending a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter. Facing third-and-10 from the 16, Union took a shot at the endzone.
"I just turned around, saw the ball coming and went up and got the pick," Trey Eddins said.
Trey Eddins said the defense came into the game with a chip on its shoulder after the Church Point game.
"We knew we were better than we played against Church Point," Trey Eddins said. "We came in here during the week and prepared hard, got stronger and got better."
REDEMPTION II: Although the Panthers won the Oct. 26 game in Farmerville, Reagor was looking for a measure of redemption as well.
Just as Sterlington was successful in neutralizing Jalen Jones Friday night, the Farmers held Reagor to a season-low 23 yards on 14 carries the first time around.
"We knew we had to get Reagor going tonight," Doty said.
Reagor got untracked for 167 yards on 21 attempts in the quarterfinals.
"I definitely took the first game personally," Reagor said. "It made me fight harder tonight."
SPECIAL TEAMS: With both teams scoring two touchdowns, it could be said that Jacob Green's PAT after the first touchdown as the difference in the game.
Cole Jones blocked Union's extra point attempt to keep the score at 6-0 early in the first quarter.
Green tacked on his 33rd consecutive extra point after Jordan Townsend's 1-yard touchdown run to put Sterlington up 7-6 at halftime.
Union retook the lead when Keshawn Brock intercepted a pitch for a 66-yard defensive touchdown, but came away empty on the 2-point conversion.
Layton Rainbolt's 32-yard reception put the Panthers in front 13-12 with 5:18 remaining before the Panthers were unable to convert a 2-point pass on a faked extra point.
"Going in, I thought we had the advantage on special teams," Doty said. "Our punter (Clay Vaughn) got injured last week in pregame warmups, but was able to come in and punt some tonight. Our kickoff coverage was good. We kicked one extra point, and it was the difference in the ballgame."