In 2009, Feaster's Wampus Cats went 4-7, losing in the first round of the playoffs to eventual state champion Neville. Prior to signing on at Leesville, Feaster built successful programs at both Many and Minden, and his squad performed well last year, considering the circumstances.
"We finished with a flurry," said Feaster, whose team won its final three regular season games. "It took us until district play to find some of our players. We went through changes at several positions, including punter, fullback, tight end, defensive line, and linebacker. We actually went through three or four fullbacks until we found the right player. Same thing at tight end."
The Wampus Cats will be heavily tested in the first week of the season, as mighty West Monroe looms on the schedule. The Rebels, led by such players as QB Paul Turner, DT Chuck Hunter, DB Michael Hunter, and RB Tyler Cain, are coming off an undefeated season and the defending 5A state champions appear to be even stronger this year. In the 2009 opener, West Monroe defeated Leesville 71-13.
"You have to take that game for what it is," said Feaster. "I didn't get here until July of last year, which isn't long to put together a team. We should be better this year. We had a great offseason. Spring was fair, but summer has been good. We've been getting the right type of players in place at each position and we should be more athletic and mentally tough."
Liggins, who has offers from SMU and several more schools, is the marquee player for the Wampus Cats.
"Levander is a guy who you want to have the football in the open field," said Feaster. "He's a tremendous wide receiver who runs great routes. He also plays some running back for us.
"He's not someone that you want to pound between the tackles 30 times a game, but he's someone who can score any time he touches the ball. He's also our best defensive back and he'll play some corner for us. He will be the key on offense and will also play the Wildcat position."
In the fifth week of the season, Leesville will make the short trek down U.S. 171 to face rival DeRidder and that game should yield an interesting matchup when Liggins goes head-to-head with DeRidder safety DeShazor Everett (another SMU offeree).
"He's a great football player," Feaster said of the Dragons safety. "We'll get a good look at him this year. When college coaches have come through here to recruit our guys, they've always asked about him and recruited him as well."
Liggins caught four passes for 69 yards in the 2009 DeRidder/Leesville matchup, a 37-18 win for the Dragons. Liggins also rushed for 60 yards and a TD on 13 carries in that game.