A 10-0 regular season led Leesville to a high seed, and the path for a deep playoff run is laid out in front of the Wampus Cats.
The first step for No. 6 Leesville is No. 27 Woodlawn-Shreveport, which won three of its last four heading into the postseason.
"They're big, athletic, fast and are very sound in their scheme on both sides of the football," Leesville head coach Robert Causey said. "They line up the same way and like to take away our favorite plays. They are going to match up with us in the secondary in man coverage to make it difficult for us to throw the ball.
"They're going to attack us with their passing game and are going to try and hit us inside with zones and traps."
The Knights average 25.4 points a game, including a season-high 56 points three weeks ago against Bossier.
"We're going to be relentless (on defense)," Causey said. "We're not the biggest or fastest, but we're going to be relentless. We're going to take away what you like to do and force you to go to page three of four of your playbook. That's our goal.
"We haven't had a lot of turnovers this year, but our kids have played with intensity. It took them a while to learn their roles because we had to replace so many, but they lived up to that Leesville swagger."
On the defense, Woodlawn gave up 24.4. points a contest during the regular season.
Causey will lean on his seniors, as he has throughout the year, to stay focused in the first round.
"I think it's a chance for them to write their names in the Leesville Wampus Cat record book as seniors," he said. "The things they have been able to accomplish in their three years in the varsity program means a lot. It's a close class. It's a close group that really plays hard for each other, and I think that's been the key this year: how close this group is. They may not be the most talented or fastest group of kids to come through, but they love one another and serve one another."
Caleb Gallashaw, a freshman running back, has been productive in the latter half of the season, including picking up 113 receiving yards and 80 rushing yards last week.
"He's always had athletic ability," Causey said. "Where he has caught up is that he knows where to go and what to do. That's why it's so important to run your high school and junior high program in cohesion because it hurries up the learning curve. When it's not, it slows it down.
"His improvement is growing up and improving as a football player and understanding what his role is on each play."
Running backs D'Ante Gallashaw and Darius Sawyer, wide receiver Duwon Tolbert and tight end Noah Allain are all big-time targets when they are on the field, but Causey says anybody who steps foot between the lines is expected to produce.
"When I took the job three years ago, that is something I wanted to create," Causey said. "I wanted an offense that was multiple and uses the tools you have that are available. You are always going to have weaknesses, but let's focus on what they do well and build what you do around their strengths."
The Knights and Wampus Cats kick off at 7 p.m. Friday night at Wampus Cat Stadium, and the winner will play the winner of No. 11 Assumption and No. 22 Carencro.
"We don't adjust what we are going to do," Causey said. "You practice and prepare the same way. We respect them but you don't fear them. We study them to see what their tendencies are and what our adjustments are going to be.
"We would like to say that we are going to win. I think our kids know if we outwork them and out-prepare them, we have a good chance of winning the ball game."