LAMOURE, N.D. – Early in Friday's homecoming game with Edgeley/Kulm, LaMoure/Litchville-Marion football coach Andy DelaBarra just wanted his team to set the pace of the game.
And from the opening play of the game, the Loboes did just that, scoring just over a minute into the game on a 30-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jared Meiklejohn to sophomore running back Anthony Olson.
"We knew we had to come out and play," DelaBarre said. "It was just about setting the stage for what the entire game was going to be, and it came right away when we got the ball and made that first big play."
It set the stage for an an eventual rout of the Rebels of as the Loboes finished ahead 62-23, which included a 56-7 lead at halftime.
"I don't know what was really going on," said EK coach Jon Schiele. "We just weren't stepping up when we should have, and when it rained it poured – we made one mistake after another and it caught up to us awfully fast."
After the Loboes first strike, which included a successful two-point run from junior running back Brady Thielges, the defense forced a three-and-out punt from the Rebels.
Mieiklejohn quickly nailed another touchdown pass to Olson, this time for 51 yards, and Thielges added another two.
The Rebels then got on the board with a 27-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Logan Hanson to senior running back Austin Case with 5:31 left in the first quarter. A successful kick from senior James DeLaurier made the score 16-7, and was be the last time the Rebels scored until the second half.
LLM's Thielges responded to the EK touchdown with one of his own, a 71-yard run less then a minute after the Rebels got on the board. Olson ran in the extra two to make the score 22-7.
A Rebel fumble on the Loboes' 39-yard line set up a 58-yard run for Olson, and Thielges punched in the two to take a 30-7 lead to end the first quarter.
The two teams traded fourth-down punts to begin the second quarter, until LLM's Olson picked off an interception for a 50-yard-plus touchdown run. A failed two-point run by Thielges left the score 36-7.
The Rebels went three-and-out after regaining possession, and Thielges redeemed his failed two-point run with a 75-yard touchdown run seven minutes into the second quarter. A failed conversion by Olson gave the Loboes a 42-7 lead.
LLM's senior defensive lineman Riley Jordahl picked up a fumble on EK's second down that would set up a 27-yard touchdown pass from Meiklejohn to senior running back Kenny Hodem. A two-point conversion between the two failed, but Jordahl picked up another fumble to give the Loboes a first down five yards out of the endzone. A touchdown run and two-point conversion from Thielges made the score 56-7 at halftime.
LLM eventually brought their younger players in for the second half.
With the mercy rule in effect and the clock running continuously in the second half, Rebel running back Mason Madcke crossed the goal line midway through the third quarter and added a successful run to make the score 62-15. EK's freshman wide receiver Josh Foley added a 7-yard touchdown run and a pass from freshman quarterback Tanner Mathern to freshman running back Tanner Zahn for two made the score 62-23 with 7:35 left in the game.