After defeating Franklinton in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, Leesville will have a chance to avenge its lone loss of the season next Friday night.
The Wampus Cats rushed for 435 rushing yards in their 38-20 victory over the Demons Friday night at Wampus Cat Stadium.
"We had to make some adjustments," Leesville head coach Robert Causey said. "They played more I-formation than what we had seen. We told the kids what they were going to do and when they were going to do it. It was just the speed of it. I think they were a little overwhelmed early, but I told them to relax and go play.
"I think our kids responded. (Franklinton) is a good football team. They really are. They don't have the athletes that they had in 2010 but they're forged by fire with the district they play in and the schedule that they play."
Andrew Croker led the way for Leesville, racking up 200 yards on 15 carries to go with four touchdowns.
Croker put the Wampus Cats on the board on their second drive of the game with a 5-yard touchdown run at the 2:19 mark of the first quarter.
Demon running back Rakerien Conley responded with a 20-yard touchdown run to give them the lead midway through the second quarter.
With four minutes, 55 second left in the half, Croker broke off a 30-yard run to retake the lead at 12-7.
After another Franklinton touchdown, Leesville took an 18-13 lead at half with a 4-yard run up the middle by Tyreke Walker.
Walker rushed for 78 yards on nine carries to go along with two touchdowns.
Franklinton quarterback Tahj Mcgee opened the second half with a 7-yard rushing touchdown to give the Demons the lead. Mcgee, a Louisiana Tech commit, ran 25 times for 147 yards.
"We found some things in our scouting report, but it was about making the plays when you get there," Causey said about slowing down the potent Demon offense. "(Mcgee) is special. He's what I call a "dude." He makes plays. We held them to three scores and two of them, we just misaligned. He's such a special athlete that he took advantage of it."
Leesville wasted no time in taking back the lead as Croker ripped of an 81-yard run down the sideline to put his team up 24-20.
"To be an offensive linemen, you have to eat sometimes," Causey said. "The holding calls killed us, but we just kept running it. The coaches did a great job of calling it. We just took what they gave us and took advantage of it."
The Wampus Cats added rushing touchdowns by Walker and Croker in the fourth quarter, while the defense kept Franklinton out of scoring position for a majority of the second half.
"We were just squeezing down, and I had to play my role," Wampus Cat defensive end Steven Thomas, who had a sack in the second half, said.
"I want to go out there and play the best of the best. I go out there and play to the best of my ability."
Leesville (10-1) takes on Rayne in the second round on Friday at Wampus Cat Stadium. Rayne won 28-18 in the team’s Week 5 matchup.