Rapid response: LaMoure-L-M shakes off first-game jitters, routs Cadets
LAMOURE, N.D. — With a steady downpour knowing it could slow down his high-powered offense on Tuesday night, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion football coach Andy DelaBarre stayed true to his game plan.
The Loboes’ offense stayed as consistent as the rain, as Anthony Olson ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-0 blanking of Sargent Central.
The 9-man Region 1 contest was the season opener for both teams, and it was the Loboes — picked No. 1 in the region by the coaches — who dominated.
“We want to have that balance as much as we can,” said DelaBarre, whose team still took shots down the field with a few connecting. “I feel like we have the personnel to do that. As long as it’s beneficial to us, we’re gonna do it.”
Still, DelaBarre said he did have tempered expectations.
“The (rain) levels the playing field,” he said. “It’s gonna slow down a team that’s gonna be faster and give an advantage to a team that might be a little bigger up front. We actually had a couple days this fall where we had our quarterbacks and running backs practice in wet weather, so that was beneficial tonight.”
The game didn’t start out well for LaMoure-L-M, which allowed Sargent Central to recover an onside kick right away.
“Just first game jitters,” Olson said. “We got back up right away and told our guys, ‘Next play!.”
Once the Loboes offense got moving, it was difficult to contain.
Olson found the end zone on their first drive, punching in from 8 yards out. On the ensuing drive and with the Cadets trying to stop Olson, quarterback Parker Stemen found Drew Thielges over the middle for a 33-yard touchdown. Olson ran in the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, with Olson catching a 14-yard TD pass and running in another score from 34 yards out. He finished with 18 carries, taking the bulk of the load.
“It’s early yet to tell, but I think he’s set the bar for where he is,” said DelaBarre of Olson, a senior who replaced three-time all-state tailback Brady Thielges. “It’s a new position for him. The visual part will pick up as games progress.”
Olson had 16-yard TD run in the third quarter that put the finishing touches on a blowout.
Sargent Central struggled to move the ball in the second half, with limited opportunities because of the weather. Quarterback Lucas Parrow carried 28 times for 147 yards, though 12 of his runs were taken for a loss.
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 38, Sargent Central 0
SC 0 0 0 0 — 0
LLM 14 16 8 0 — 38
LLM—Anthony Olson 8 run (run failed), 5:52.
LLM-Drew Thielges 33 pass from Parker Stemen (Olson run), 1:28.
LLM—Olson 14 pass from Stemen (Olson run), 9:39.
LLM—Olson 34 run (Brady Warcken run), 5:05.
LLM—Olson 16 run (Thielges from Stemen), 1:19.
RUSHING: SC, Lucas Parrow 28-147, Christian Siemieniewski 2-(-9), Tyler Peterson 2-(-3), Austin Lehman 3-(-1). LLM, Olson 18-187, Landon Smith 8-52, Stemen 4-37, Warcken 3-10, Josh Voigt 1-0.
PASSING: SC, Peterson 1-2-0 23. Parrow 0-2-0 0. LLM, Stemen 3-6-0 55.
RECEIVING: SC, Parrow 1-23. LLM, Thielges 1-33, Olson 1-14, Smith 1-8.
Records: SC 0-1, LLM 1-0.
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