After picking up a huge win over DeRidder, Leesville head coach Tommy Moore wanted to guarantee his Wampus Cat squad didn't have a letdown of any sort.
After picking up a huge win over DeRidder, Leesville head coach Tommy Moore wanted to guarantee his Wampus Cat squad didn’t have a letdown of any sort.
So all week long, he harped on the Cats how important it was to go out on Friday night and take care of the business at hand.
The Wampus Cats scored on eight of their first nine possessions, blowing out the Grant Cougars in a District 3-4A contest in front of the homecoming faithful, 55-0.
“We harped on the kids all week that we needed to take care of business,” Moore said. “And I’m very proud of our kids because they did just what we asked them to do.”
The Wampus Cats (4-3, 2-0) ran just 25 plays in the contest, accounted for 429 yards, 369 of which came on the ground. The Cats threw just two passes in the game, neither of them by starting quarterback Caden Wheeler as senior Moses Tolbert completed his lone pass out of the wildcat formation, while Theron Westerchil completed his first varsity pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Cats wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, scoring 59 seconds into the contest.
With a nice return by Davion Clemons on the kickoff to the Grant 45, Tolbert heaved a 39-yard pass to Wheeler on the first play of the game.
After a Leesville penalty, Cory McCoy scored the first of his four touchdowns on an 11-yard scamper. The extra point, however, failed, leaving Leesville with a 6-0 lead.
Grant (0-7, 0-2) went three-and-out and punted the ball on its first possession, allowing Leesville to take over at its own 35.
The drive began with a penalty on the Cats, but it didn’t matter. McCoy gained 22 yards on the first play, followed by a 4-yard run from Wheeler and a 29-yard bolt from Tolbert, getting the ball to the Grant 15.
McCoy did the rest and Jacob Adams tacked on the extra point for a 13-0 Leesville lead with 8:26 to go in the first quarter.
Grant turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, but caught a break when Leesville fumbled the ball right back.
The Cougars managed to get a first down and reached midfield before turning the ball over on downs again.
Three plays later, McCoy ran in from 25 yards out for his third touchdown of the first period and a 20-0 Leesville lead.
Grant quarterback Brennan Flory was intercepted by Tywaan Brown on the next possession, giving Leesville the ball at the Cougar 39. On the next play, Tolbert scored the first of his two touchdowns, giving Leesville a 27-0 lead with 59 seconds to go in the first period.
Tolbert added a 56-yard touchdown run on his next carry and McCoy bolted in from 29 yards out with 5:06 to go in the second quarter to help Leesville open up a 41-0 lead.
At that point, each coach agreed to a running clock and Leesville added two more touchdowns, one in the third on a 46-yard touchdown run by DeQuan Davis and one in the fourth when Westerchil connected on a 21-yard strike to Antawn Amos.
Johnathon Price IV added extra points after the two second-half touchdowns to account for the 55-0 margin of victory.
The Wampus Cats scored on eight of their 10 possessions and averaged over 17 yards per play en route to the victory.
“We wanted to play well tonight and we did,” Moore said. “Now, we need to put this one to bed and get ready to play a very scary Tioga team at their place. We must be prepared to play and we need to understand the importance of these games from week to week.”
Tolbert led the Cats with 144 yards rushing on just five carries with two touchdowns, while McCoy ran for 113 yards and four touchdowns on just six totes. Davis added 81 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Ethan Tassin had 56 yards rushing to lead the Cougars, who face DeRidder next week.