For the second time this season, Leesville struggled to contain the rushing attack of Rayne as the Wolves jumped out to a big lead.
Despite being held to seven points in the second half, the Wolves knocked off the Wampus Cats 28-7 in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs at Wampus Cat Stadium.
The loss ends the season for Leesville, but it can hang its hat on a solid season that included a district title, a 10-win campaign and a pair of home playoff games.
Leesville head coach Robert Causey hopes the success of the season will carry on to the younger guys to instill a tradition and expectation for upcoming seasons.
"I think they carried the torch," he said. "I think it started last year in the homecoming game, but they didn't really know. It isn't something you're born with; it's something you have to accept. Part of being a servant leader is giving your own desires up to help others. We're still not there yet, but these kids bought into more than I thought they would.
"We'll see how good of coaches we are in 10 years when we see where these kids are at. People judge coaches on wins and losses, but I judge myself on where these kids are at when they're 27 or 28. These seniors did a wonderful job of continuing what we are trying to do. I've been with those kids since seventh grade when I was their principal in junior high."
The Wolves got out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with touchdown runs by Darien Harmon and Trent Winbush.
Winbush rushed for 136 yards on 16 carries, while Harmon ran for 96 yards on 15 touches.
Rayne extended the lead to 21 with 2 minutes, 58 seconds remaining the half with a 1-yard score by running back Johnny Deculit.
"You're not going to shut them out," Causey said. "I knew we were going to have to score four or five scores to beat a team like that. We just couldn't get anything. Defensively, it takes a quarter to get used to a kid like (Winbush). I call it 'junior high football.' They had a kid better than anything we had on the field, and they fed him the ball."
The Wampus Cat offense managed just 87 yards in the first half due to the speed and physicality of the Rayne defense.
"We told them at halftime that the mistakes they made were about focus," Causey said. "It was alignment issues in the secondary and taking on the blocks. When you take on a wing-T team, you have to be disciplined in what you do. In the first half, we weren't, for whatever reason. That's one of the differences between the two ball teams.
"They were just better than us upfront, and they took advantage of it. It's not that our kids didn't play hard. They were just a better football team. Those are the types of teams we have to develop our program to beat."
With 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Leesville got on the board with a 2-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Dante Gallashaw.
The Wampus Cat threatened in the redzone to make it a one-score game on the next drive, but quarterback Chris Vargas' to receiver Duwon Tolbert was knocked down.
"I couldn't be more proud of these kids," Causey said. "If we score, it changes the ballgame. It makes it a one-score game."
With 2 minutes, 40 seconds left in the game, Rayne put the nail in coffin with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Darien Richard to Marlon Foreman.
Tyreke Walker led Leesville with 43 rushing yards on three carries, while Vargas went 18-for-38 through the air for 157 yards. Tolbert caught six passes for 62 yards to lead the receiving corps.
As a team, the Wampus Cats went for 220 total yards compared to Rayne's 259 total yards.