Leesville rallies behind football team in historic playoff run

LEESVILLE, La. (KALB) - On a calendar, it may have said Friday, but in Leesville, it was Black and Gold Day and the community is so glad to be Wampus Cats.

Wampus Cat fans lined Miller Avenue Friday morning as the football team departed for New Orleans. | Image Source: KALB

It's been a historic season for the Leesville High School football team with an undefeated record and trip to the semi-finals for the first time in more than two decades. Mayor Rick Allen issued a proclamation to celebrate the playoff run and Leesville schools had Friday off.

Moms like Lisa Feliciano, whose son Jakob is on the team, are proud to see how the community has rallied behind the cats.

"The team, the coaching staff, the parents, the siblings, grandparents," said Feliciano. "Everyone has shown up to give great support to our Wampus Cats. The spaghetti dinners, raffles, all types of things to raise money. And the community gave money actually for our band to be able to go to New Orleans. They raised over $3,000."

On Friday morning, the Wampus Cat faithful lined Miller Avenue and the surrounding parking lots to give the boys an all-star send off. Many had signs, pom-poms and of course cowbells.

Alumni like Margie Broom were excited to support their alma mater. "I graduated in 1999. I was part of the band and flag line and all of my kids go there," she beamed.

Faithful fans piled onto buses provided by the Wampus Cat Gridiron Club and school bus driver J. R. Harrison to take all that school spirit down to New Orleans and cheer the Cats on to victory.

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