The Leesville front seven, which has been hit by some injuries, will have to be on point to limit the potent rushing attack of Buckeye.

The Panthers has leaned on its running game through five games, rushing for 912 yards this season while only throwing the ball 28 times.

"I expect a physical football game," Leesville head coach Robert Causey said. "Buckeye has a massive offensive line with a lot of seniors, and two kids have already committed to play college ball at various levels. They have a ball-control offense, so I don't expect us to touch the ball much, offensively. So, we have to take advantage of the opportunities that we get.

"They are a team I've worried about since last year because of what they return and what they do offensively. Last year, they beat DeRidder at home and surprised them. You try to tell your guys do not take these guys lightly."

Justin Belgard leads Buckeye with 470 yards and five touchdowns, while quarterback Robert Fowler has rushed for 229 yards and four touchdowns in their triple option offense.

"They run an inside and outside veer and a speed option," Causey said. "You try to simplify the reads. You have to know where you're at. The game plan is to simplify and know where you're going. We are trying to make the reads easier for them. They know who they have based on the flow. You don't want to overcomplicated your defense against a triple option."

The Panthers (2-3) are giving up 12.8 points per game, while the offense has scored just 11.5 points a game over the last four games.

Leesville (5-0) has stayed balanced on offense with the play of sophomore quarterback Jacob Mount. Mount has nine passing touchdowns this season, and the running back corps has scored 10 touchdowns this year.

D'Ante Gallashaw leads the Wampus Cats with 459 yards and has stepped into a bigger role with the injury of Jalen Shepherd two weeks ago against Westlake.

"We tell them that if you're in the game, then you're going to get the ball," Causey said. "You have to keep people honest. You show faith in your kids and let them know we believe in you."

Darius Sawyer has emerged as a big-play threat returning kicks and running out the backfield, while receiver Duwon Tolbert has 280 yards this season and three touchdowns.

"In any offensive scheme, you have to throw the ball because it opens up the running game," Causey said. "You have to remove somebody from the box. We try to scheme against it when teams do it to us. Duwon forces teams to be honest because you can't crowd the box. When you look at what are run game has done, it's because we have been able to throw the football."

The undefeated Wampus Cats are coming off a 41-26 win against Rayne, which handed them their own two losses last season.

Buckeye and Leesville kick off Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Wampus Cat Stadium.

"It's the second season," Causey said. "It doesn't matter what you've done the first five games of the season. You still have to get better, and our goals never change."