Sophomore quarterback Jacob Mount had a career night for Leesville, and the Wampus Cats needed all of it to defeat Pineville.
Behind five passing touchdowns from Mount, the Wampus Cats knocked off Pineville 38-35 Friday night at Wampus Cat Stadium.
"It felt great," Mount said. "At half, we made some adjustments and came out and played hard. You just have to play harder and want it more."
Mount's and Leesville's biggest play of the night came with just over four minutes to go in the half on a 4th and 6 from on its own 30-yard line, leading 38-35.
"We were down to our JV linebackers," Causey said. "We didn't have any success in trying to stop them. They found some holes in what we were doing. When you're down to that, go for it. Win or lose, lets go. That's kind of our mantra.
"Our kids fought hard, and I couldn't go down without swinging."
Mount dropped back and found receiver Duwon Tolbert sitting open in the middle of the zone to pick up the first down and extra yardage.
"I was just trying to calm down and make my reads," Mount said. "I had to look at what was happening and slow it down in my head.
"We baited them to get him open. It was a great play call."
After picking up the new set of downs, the Wampus Cats running game took over, picking up three more first downs to run out the clock and pick up the win.
Leesville got on the board first on 50-yard touchdown pass from Mount to running back Jalen Shepherd with 8:36 left in the first quarter, but the Rebels answered just five players later to tie it up at 7.
Pineville quarterback Ben West gave his team the lead with a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
West was a problem for the Wampus Cats with his legs and with his arm, racking up a total of 210 yards and four touchdowns.
"They don't run very many plays, but they give you different looks," Causey said. "We were down to our twos and threes at linebacker, and you can't replicate it.
"We knew coming into this game, that we would learn a lot about our team and about where they were at, because we replaced nine on defense from last year and seven on offense."
Leesville quickly tied it up as Mount hit Tolbert for a 20-yard touchdown, and with 20 second left in the half, Ben Ward drilled a 36-yard field goal to give Leesville a 17-14 edge at the break.
Trailing 21-17 early in the third quarter, Mount found tight end Noah Allain, and Allain dove toward the pylon for a 9-yard touchdown.
Tolbert finished with five catches for 130 yards, and Allain caught two passes for 40 yards.
"I have all the faith in them," Mount said. "Not a doubt in my mind. I trust them so much. Seeing what they do in practice in games, I trust them all."
Late in the third quarter, Leeville running back D'ante Gallashaw had three straight carries over 15 yards to set up a play action pass from Mount to running back Darius Sawyer for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 31-21.
Leading 31-28, Mount threw his fifth touchdown of the day, a 23-yard pass to Sawyer, to put the Wampus Cats up 38-28 with 8:20 to go in the game.
"The game slows down for him," Causey said. "He just goes out and plays. He doesn't try to win the game. He goes "what's the call?" and tries to execute. He had a great night, but he doesn't try to win the game, if that makes sense. He doesn't try to force anything."
Gallashaw led Leesville with 159 yards, while freshman Caleb Gallashaw added 45 yards while filling in the rotation for an injured Jalen Shepherd.
"He plays behind his pads and runs where he is suppose to," Causey said about Caleb. "You win in junior high and freshmen with the fastest kid on the team taking off and running. When they transition to the high school, that doesn't always work. You have to trust your scheme and trust your blocks and run where you're supposed to."