Defense Leading Leesville

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LEESVILLE (KALB) -- With three weeks of the football season in the books, Leesville High School finds itself sitting pretty with an undefeated record and plenty of confidence.

It was last week that the Wampus Cats (3-0) were pushed to the brink, needing to come back from an eight point deficit in the second half to knock off Westlake, 18-14, to keep their record unblemished. Now feeling a little more battled-tested, head coach Robert Causey hopes to ride that momentum towards a fourth win as his squad travels to Pineville (2-1) on Friday.

"The train is on the track and we're rolling," said Causey. "Our kids are just playing with relentless effort and we don't quit."

That relentlessness has manifested itself especially on defense. Through three games, Leesville has allowed only two touchdowns, while forcing five turnovers. Against Westlake, it was the Wampus Cats' pressure up front that turned the tide, with senior Armon Amos leading the way with three sacks.

"We just have confidence in our head coach of putting us where we need to be and having us set up," said senior safety Jordan Dowden. "It's something special, we just try to do what we have to do to help our offense out."

Causey partly attributes the defensive success to luck, but it's because his players know where to be in specific situations that the luck seems to be on their side.

"The ball has bounced our way and we've been in position to where we've been able to make the stops or the plays that we've had to," said Causey. "That's just a testament to our kids being coachable and playing hard."

This next game though may present the Leesville defense with its toughest challenge yet. Pineville has shown so far that it can score and score fast, averaging 35.6 points on 67 plays per game.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. this Friday from Pineville High School.