Heading into its matchup with Buckeye, Leesville head coach Robert Causey knew his team would be challenged by the triple option attack of the Panthers.
His team stepped up to the challenge and outrushed Buckeye to pick up the district win, 41-14.
"The guys stepped up and competed against a quality opponent and team that played their best against us and forced us to make adjustments during the game," Causey said. "I thought our kids and coaches rose to the challenge.
"I thought we finally started being physical. We had four or five hats around the ball. The kids were flying were there. That's what I'm proud of the most."
The Wampus Cats (6-0, 1-0) ran for 306 yards, while the Panthers ran for 195 yards.
"I just challenged them to rise up and play Wampus Cat football," Causey said. "The gameplan was to try and take away the inside veer, and I thought we did a good job. They hit us with the fast, midline and outside veer, so we had to make adjustments during the game to shut down what they were trying to do. I was very pleased with how they handled mid-game adjustments. It showed growth with our young kids."
Leading the rushing attack for Leesville was D'Ante Gallashaw, who racked up 180 yards on 15 carries for two touchdowns.
"He runs behind his pads," Causey said. "He's a deceptivly fast. He's a patient runner and he allows the blocks to develop and knows where to go. He's an intense competitor and just a humble young man. He stays late and comes in early. Me, him and his little brother swept up the dressing room after the game. They are just humble kids being raised right by good parents."
Gallashaw's younger brother, freshman Caleb Gallashaw, joined D'Ante in triple digits with 105 yards and two scores.
"To me, he's just a smaller version of D'Ante," Causey said. "He's a little faster in the open field. He's learning the offense. There are some things he needs to work on. It's kind of the downside from not running the same offense or defense through the junior high. He just doesn't understand how the play develops or where he needs to go, but he's getting there. He's doing a better job, and that's why he's getting a shot now because he's a lot further along than most freshman are, as far as understanding the scheme."
D'Ante Gallashaw scored his first touchdown of the night with 5:05 left in the first quarter and scored his second on a 4-yard touchdown at the 10:40 mark of the second quarter to put Leesville up 21-0.
"It was fast. You don't have a lot of time for mistakes," Causey said. "On a Thursday game, you just get better at what you do. You don't really add a whole lot. I thought our coaches did a great job.
"At one point, we had three sophomores, two freshmen and one first-year senior out there on offense, and we were still moving the ball."
Buckeye (2-4, 0-1) running back Justin Belgard put the Warriors on the board with a 46-yard touchdown run. Belgard rushed for 149 yards on 30 carries.
With 2:51 left in the half, sophomore quarterback Jacob Mount hit Darius Sawyer for a 32-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 28-7 at halftime.
Mount finished with 151 yards on 12-of-21 passing and two touchdowns.
After a scoreless third quarter, Caleb Gallashaw scored two touchdowns – 7 yards and 43 yards – to make it 41-7 in the fourth quarter.