Leesville's Caleb Gallashaw determined to lead Wampus Cats to more after district title

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

TIOGA – Leesville senior running back Caleb Gallashaw remembers how last season ended.

After sitting out due to COVID-19 contact tracing in the Wampus Cats’ overtime loss to Minden in the Class 4A regionals, Gallashaw vowed to come back stronger this season.

“It made me ready for this year,” Gallashaw said. “I was just in a rush to play.”

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Leesville's Caleb Gallashaw (14) gets ahead of Tioga's Caelib Sillavan (21) in a game held Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at The Reservation.

After scoring a touchdown against Tioga in a 34-7 win Friday, he helped the Wampus Cats win their first District 3-4A title since 2018 – his freshman year.

Gallashaw has been a consistent force for Leesville (7-2, 4-0 3-4A) this season – accounting for over 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Against DeRidder in Week 7, Gallashaw showed off his versatility with 271 rushing yards and 152 receiving yards to go along with six touchdowns in a 49-41 win.

“He produces, doesn’t he?” Wampus Cat coach Robbie Causey said. “He wants the ball. The way that our offense is built is that you don’t just focus on one guy, but when you have the opportunity to shine then that opportunity exists. He’s just phenomenal. Whether it’s running the ball inside or outside, he’s such a hard competitor and it makes it easier for the other guys around him.”

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Since his freshman year, Gallashaw has worked his way into Leesville’s rich running back history – a list that includes former LSU running back Michael Ford, Marshall senior Cory McCoy and Andrew Croker.

But there is another player that inspires him most and it's older brother, D’ante.

Caleb (left) and D'ante Gallashaw played for Leesville in 2018 and 2019 -- leading the Wampus Cats to the Class 4A semifinals in 2018.

D’ante is now a sophomore at Division III’s Belhaven but played with Caleb in 2018 and 2019. Leesville went 20-6 when the two brothers shared the backfield and reached the Class 4A semifinals in 2018 with a 13-1 season.

With his older brother in college, Gallashaw aspires to follow in his footsteps.

“It motivates me and it makes me want to be at his level,” Gallashaw said. “No matter what people say, my brother is always going to be better than me. I learned everything from him.”

He is still waiting for that one scholarship from a Division I school despite going to numerous camps during the summer.

“To me, he’s a complete package,” Causey said. “He’s going to be a good find for somebody at the next level.”

Belhaven has shown interest in pairing him again with his brother.

“He’s a special kid and plays in a great system with great football coaches,” Tioga coach Kevin Cook said. “He’s got talent around him, so it makes it harder to defend him. He’s a fine running back and anybody would be happy to have him on their team.”