‘We’re self-motivating’ Loboes’ football team look to playoffs in 9-a-side division
Many games resembling a basketball team on the field scoring up to 76 points and as few as 34. Three times the Loboes have managed to score over 70 points (74 twice, 76 once).
“I have been in this program since my first year and the way we have developed both in attack and defense, we have done a lot of good things in attack and defense,” said the senior cornerback of Loboes. , Charlie Bowman.
If there’s anything more impressive than LLM’s offense, it’s defense. In all but one game, LLM shut out seven of their eight opponents, strangling their opponents almost every night. The only team to score was Wyndmere / Lidgerwood in Week 6 when the Warbirds scored 12 points in a 42-12 win for the Loboes. When you do the math, the Loboes have only allowed an average of 1.5 points per game.
“We’re very proud of the defense for sure,” said LLM junior linebacker Garrett Hebl. “We’re focusing a bit on that. “
“To get to that point and only give 12 points on the season is good on the stat line, but it’s even better when we watch the movie and see how well we played,” said Loboes head coach Andy DelaBarre.
Regardless of the opponent, three of whom made the 9B playoffs (Finley-Sharon / Hope Page, Wyndmere / Lidgerwood, Enderlin / Maple Valley), the Loboes have shown up all season.
“I think we have the same mentality in all of our games,” said Hebl. “If a team is supposed to be better, it’s supposed to be a ‘easier’ game.”
Because of this, they have a bigger goal in mind.
“I think every player on this team has set their sights on winning the state championship this year, and there’s no question about it,” said DelaBarre.
“We know our goal is obviously to win the regional championship and we’ve achieved that, and now it’s about going to the Fargodome and playing this state championship game,” Bowman said.
The state championship game eluded the Loboes a season ago. LLM lost to the Linton Lions / HMB in the semifinal at 9. The Loboes lost 46-38, the most points they had allowed all season, and Linton / HMB won the championship. with 9 players. This loss has remained with LLM throughout the offseason and until now.
“Take that taste in our mouth and let it resonate throughout the season, let it resonate here now, before the playoffs,” said DelaBarre.
“Obviously neither of us liked losing to Linton in the semifinals, but it just added a lot more motivation for this year and we knew we could do it,” Bowman said.
After a week off from the first round, DelaBarre knows that his team will have to continue not to be complacent.
“We cannot be happy with the current situation,” he said. “We have to find ways to improve and always defensively, even though the numbers, the stats are there, we have to improve some of those things that we know we’re going to see different in the playoffs.”
The Lobos will host the Mai-Port-CG Patriots on Saturday at 1 p.m. at LaMoure. The Patriots beat Finley Enderlin / Maple Valley 20-18 in the first round last Saturday.