After eight weeks played and zero losses on the books, the Wampus Cats set themselves up for one of their larger goals: winning an outright district championship.
Leesville takes on Tioga Friday night on the road, and although the Wampus Cats are guaranteed a part of the district crown, win or lose, head coach Robert Causey is trying to treat it like any other game.
"What we try to convey here is a culture of how to win," Causey said. "It's about outworking our opponents and being relentless in our competition and serving others. We look at this game like any other game. We are trying to work on the things that we do and our culture because there is more football to be played after. But, saying all of that, having a chance to play for a district championship is a nice bonus. It doesn't happen very often. This could be Leesville's 11th outright title to win in their history. If we're lucky enough, what a great accomplishment for these kids."
Tioga (6-2, 2-0) features a high-powered offense led by quarterback Blake McGehee, who has the ability to make any play a touchdown.
"He's elusive," Causey said. "You never get a clean shot on the kid. He's probably as good at not getting hit as any quarterback I've seen. It's hard to pressure him because of his athletic ability."
The Indians average 38 points a game, including a season-high 57 points last week in a win against Vidalia.
"They're one of the best teams we've played all year, on both sides of the ball," Causey said. "They're fast and physical and defense and play well within their scheme. They do what they are asked to do. Offensively, they're explosive. You know you're not going to be able to stop it, you just hope to contain it. They're going to get their points and make their plays.
"(Their balance) makes you work harder. You can't just tee off. They run the ball to slow down your pass rush, and their quarterback can run."
The Tioga defense gives up an average of 24 points a contest, and Causey is focused on his guys doing the things they normally do to put up points.
"Our goal this week has been to get better at what we do," Causey said. "You see what they do on offense and defense, but we don't control what they do and when they do it. We do control what we do. We focused on our fundamentals on both sides of the ball. We just execute.
"They can't line up in anything we haven't seen. It's week 9. We can't either. We can't trick them. By week 9, you have what you have and run what you run."
The Wampus Cats have dealt with injuries throughout the season, but the offense has kept on track with different players stepping up, including freshman running back Caleb Gallashaw.
Gallashaw ran for 122 yards last week in the Wampus Cats 26-7 win over DeRidder.
Caleb's older brother, D'Ante, has been the workhorse between the tackles for Leesville, while Darius Sawyer is a threat catching, returning and running the ball.
The defense for Leesville has taken steps over the last few weeks, giving up just 9.7 points a game over the past three games.
The Indians and Wampus Cats kick off at 7 p.m. Friday night at Tioga High School.