It's a good thing Levander Liggins was working out on the track all spring.

It's a good thing Levander Liggins was working out on the track all spring. He did a lot of sprinting here Friday night as the Wampus Cats took care of Pineville to wrap up spring with a live scrimmage. In varsity action, the Wampus Cats outscored the Rebels, 34-21, while Pineville's junior varsity added one TD of their own on the night. It was definitely the Liggins show, however, as the upcoming senior athlete managed to score four times and was responsible for 266 yards of offense while touching the football only 12 times. While the offense was moving the football as fans were accustomed to last season under head coach David Feaster, it was the defensive improvement that was noticeable Friday. "You can tell we were better on defense than we were last year," Feaster said. "We had a lot of guys around the football all night. The speed of the defense is better and because of that, we were able to force some turnovers." In fact, the Wampus Cats managed to force six takeaways on the evening. The secondary picked off four Pineville passes, while the Rebels coughed up the football twice on fumbles. While Liggins is a household name in Leesville, nobody knows about Marcel Thompson. They might after Friday night. Thompson, a little used upcoming junior at cornerback, proved to be a monster in coverage. He picked off three Pineville passes alone. The other interception came from Eric Beebe, which would have been a pick-six if not blown dead by rule in the scrimmage. Meanwhile, junior defense end/linebacker Daniel Winfield was all over the field as well. As a sophomore, Winfield led the team in tackles and tackles for loss in 2009. He picked up where he left off Friday, totaling 14 tackles, four tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries. "Marcel (Thompson) is an overachiever at corner and he came up big Friday night," Feaster said. "Our defensive line, which will be our strong suit, also played extremely well. Winfield, DeShawn Shorty and Jeremiah Cross are going to be difficult to block this season. Even our special teams played well." The game-breaker, by far, was Liggins. Pineville will be happy they are no longer in the same district with the Cats. He rushed eight times for 89 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 177 yards and three more scores. All four of his touchdowns were from 40 yards or longer. He scored on a 70-yard run, a 70-yard reception, a 59-yard reception and a 43-yard catch. "Levander is going to be a lot better this season and he was pretty good already," Feaster said. "He showed that he's pretty good in the open field. Even when there wasn't a lot of blocking he showed he can make big plays for us. Give some credit to our offensive line too. They are coming right along and will get a lot better before the season." Junior quarterback Zack Squyres had an evening very typical of what he put together as a sophomore in 2009. He finished the spring game 13-of-28 for 281 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. It didn't start well, however, as Squyres completed only five of his first 17 attempts. He found a rhythm during the last three series and finished the game on an 8-of-11 streak with three of his TD passes. As a whole, the Leesville offense managed 15 first downs with 379 yards of offense on 45 plays for an average of 8.4 yards per play. The defense held Pineville to 281 yards of total offense on 50 plays. However, 143 yards came on two long pass plays toward the end of the game. The Wampus Cats held Pineville to 129 yards rushing on 33 attempts. Tailback David Galloway led the Rebels with 120 yards on 29 carries. Despite the two long TD passes, quarterback Cole Farrah struggled for Pineville, completing only 4-of-17 pass attempts for 152 yards with those two TDs and four interceptions. "We did a good job of forcing them into some passing situations and taking advantage of our speed in the secondary," Feaster said. "We had a few breakdowns, but that's what summer is for. We'll continue to get better." Pineville had the ball first in varsity action and it didn't take long for Thompson to get involved. He picked off a Farrah pass at the Leesville 30 to end a drive. From there, Liggins picked up 11 yards on second down and after two incompletions, he broke free for a 59-yard TD jaunt to give the Cats a 7-0 lead after Colton Honeycutt nailed the PAT. Second verse, same as the first. On the Rebels' second drive, Farrah again tried to pick on Thompson to no avail. He picked off another pass at the Leesville 47 to end another drive. This time the Cats punted the ball away. After an exchange of punts, the secondary was at it again. This time, Beebe picked off a Farrah pass that would have gone for six. The dead play resulted in the Cats setting up shop at the PIneville 44. On third and 15, Squyres found Liggins deep in the secondary for a 49-yard scoring strike to give the Cats a 14-0 advantage. Both teams got a little sloppy at that point. Mason Detz recovered a fumble for Leesville, however, freshman Marquis Foshee coughed up the football back to the Rebels three plays later. The Pineville junior varsity managed to put points on the board at that point to cut into the lead. The next four series for the varsity squads proved fruitless for each team, resulting in no points. Once the junior varsity teams came back on the field, Pineville fumbled the ball away to Leesville at the Wampus Cats 21. On the very next play, the Leesville JV gave it right back on a fumble. The Rebels varsity offense took advantage of the field position and scored its first points on a one-yard plunge by Farrah on a quarterback keeper. That tied the game overall at 14-14. From that point, the game turned into a pinball exhibition of scoreboard watching. Leesville answered with a 23-yard scoring strike from Squyres to Clint Thurman. On the next play, Pineville struck for a 70-yard bomb to knot the score at 21-21. Not to be outdone, the Cats scored on the very next play on a 70-yard hook-up and run to Liggins from Squyres to extend the lead to 28-21. When the junior varsities finished, Pineville was once again victimized by defense. Thompson picked off his third pass to make up for missing coverage on the previous 70-yard bomb. That gave the Cats a chance to march 63 yards on seven plays, culminating with a 43-yard TD pass from Squyres to Liggins. That gave Leesville a 34-21 lead. The Rebels managed to add a 73-yard scoring strike for the last points of the evening. The Cats will begin summer conditioning and fall practice for the 2010 season in August in preparation for the season opener at West Monroe on Sept. 3.