For the second year in a row, Leesville is the sole owner the Class 4A-District 3 championship.

The Wampus Cats received an early test from Tioga but made plays in the second half to defeat the Indians 33-23 Friday night on the road.

"I'm happy for our program and happy for our kids and our community," Leesville head coach Robert Causey said. "It's a tribute to the assistant coaches we have and the hard work they put in. They were the glue at halftime. There is only so much I can do as head coach. They just kept it all together.

"If you look back into the history of Leesville football, it doesn't happy very often. I think in the 90s we won three in a row, I think there was a four in a row in the 80s. This might be the 11th outright title in school's history. What a great accomplishment for these kids and the community. It's very humbling to see what we've done so far, and I know you've had a hand in it."

Leesville trailed 15-7 at halftime, but a rushing touchdown from quarterback Jacob Mound followed by an 80-yard touchdown run by D'Ante Gallashaw gave the Wampus Cats a 20-15 lead with five minutes to play in the third quarter.

"Tioga played well within their scheme," Causey said. "They're a very talented football team. They have good athletes in the defensive secondary, which gave us fits, because of the matchup issues. We couldn't really find a rhythm, and they took advantage of some mismatches that we had. They committed to the run early, and we had to make some adjustments at halftime.

"Going into the half, they had us on our heels. It was fast-paced, and sometimes, momentum gets the best of you. We had to slow the game down going into halftime."

Leesville running back Darius Sawyer capped off the third quarter with a 7-yard touchdown to make it 26-15.

"Honestly, that is the team I expected to see from day 1," Causey said about his team's third-quarter performance. "You preach that no matter what the score is that you need to trust the process. You have to plant the seed, and you'll reap the benefits down the line. Our kids couldn't see that in the first half. I knew we needed a stop to start the third quarter, and we could score.

"Our kids came out rolling in the third quarter. We played behind our strengths, which is our offensive line and hard-running kids and our defensive line."

Tyreke Walker picked off a Tioga pass as the Indians were driven to open the fourth, and Mount sealed the win with four minutes to go with a 3-yard rushing score.

Mount rushed for three touchdowns, and Gallashaw ran for 130 yards on 13 carries, while his brother Caleb Gallashaw, ran 16 times for 107 yards.

"We have to keep doing what we're doing and keep playing our brand of football," Causey said. "It goes back to our goals: dominate, serve others and trust it. Never give up or never quit."