The LaMoure/Litchville-Marion football team is preparing for a historic matchup this Saturday but its game plan is the same as it has been the past nine weeks.

"Our mentality is still one game at a time -- whoever our opponent is whether it's somebody we've faced in the years past or someone we've never faced before -- we are going to treat them the same," LLM head coach Andy DelaBarre said. "Grant County-Flasher has a longtime coach who gets his team prepared and they'll certainly have a good game plan, I know that."

The Loboes churned out their eighth shutout of the year on Saturday, defeating May-Port-C-G 42-0 in the opening round of the 9-man playoffs. LLM is 9-0 overall and is set to host Grant County-Flasher on Oct. 30. The game, the first-ever between the Loboes and the Storm, is set to kick off at 1 p.m. in LaMoure.

"This weekend is going to be a tale about limiting the big plays for Grant County Flasher," DelaBarre said. "They have big-play potential. Grant County-Flasher is playing really good football right now and so are we. It's going to be a tale of two good football teams going at it."

The Loboes did their due diligence in limiting big plays against the Patriots.

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"I think we had a pretty good game plan going in," DelaBarre said. "They made some of their adjustments late in the first half and started to move the ball a little bit and I think we came up with some pretty big turnovers that kept them from doing what they normally do on offense."

Coming into the matchup, the Patriots were 8-1, their one loss coming against Region 2 leader Cavalier.

Offensively, DelaBarre said the Loboes have been working on giving teams different looks and different formations and plays all season long. The head coach said the team's efforts on the offensive side of the ball proved more than successful against the Patriots.

On offense, the Loboes were to control the ground game which DelaBarre said made things easier on the Loboes when they went up for a pass. He said the team went a little heavier on the run on Saturday for no other reason other than it was working in regard to putting up points.

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion senior quarterback Corban Potts stretches out during practice in LaMoure, N.D. David Samson / The Forum
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion senior quarterback Corban Potts stretches out during practice in LaMoure, N.D. David Samson / The Forum

DelaBarre credited his five offensive linemen and his tight ends for their run blocking and their protection of senior quarterback Corban Potts. Potts was 9-for-15 through the air for 124 yards and one touchdown.

Brady Lettenmaier was the Loboes' main ground gainer with 185 rushing yards and four of the team's six touchdowns. Tate Mart ran in the Loboes' final touchdown. Mart and Colton Ness came up with the pair of turnovers in the secondary.

DelaBarre said the team's training work on defense -- taking more reps, taking care of gap control, taking care of coverages -- also proved fruitful against the Patriots.

"We are proud of how we came and adjusted and adapted to what we thought we were going to see and what we actually saw against May-Port," DelaBarre said. "They were a good football team -- coached well and had some really good athletes.

"I'm really proud of our defense for holding a team that normally scores a lot of points to zero."

Grant Co./Flasher is 6-4 overall and 2-2 in Region 6. The Storm most recently defeated Hettinger/Scranton 30-0. Earlier in the season, Hettinger/Scranton defeated Grant Co. 44-22. Despite a couple of early losses, the Storm has still managed to outscore their opponents 324-234.

DelaBarre said the Storm's quarterback, Jace Friesz, looked to be a talented and athletic weapon on offense. The LLM head coach also mentioned the slew of talented receivers and skill players the Loboes will need to look out for. Up front on the line, the Storm has some size that will undoubtedly test the Loboes.

"They are a much different team than they were earlier in the year," DelaBarre said of Grant Co./ Flasher. "They are really starting to click with the kids that they have playing."

DelaBarre said while the Storm is playing well, they also have a three-hour drive that acts as a built-in disadvantage.

"It's good to be on your home field," DelaBarre said. "We've got a good field. It's usually in great shape every weekend for us. We are happy to be playing on a field that we are familiar with and happy that we don't have to travel."