LAMOURE -- To say the LaMoure-Litchville/Marion football season anything but dominant would be selling the Loboes short. The team went 8-0, averaging 57.9 points per game in the process.

Many games looking like a basketball team on the field scoring as many as 76 points, and as few as 34. Three times the Loboes managed to score over 70 points (74 twice, 76 once).

"I've been in this program since my freshman year and just the way we've come on both offense and defense, we've done a lot of great things on offense and defense," said Loboes senior cornerback Charlie Bowman.

If there's anything more impressive than LLM's offense, it's the defense. In all but one game, LLM shutout seven of its eight opponents strangling opponents most nights. The one 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 allowed just 1.5 points per game on average.

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"We take a lot of pride in defense that's for sure," said LLM junior linebacker Garrett Hebl. "We focus on that quite a bit."

"To get to this point and only give up 12 points on the season, it's good on the stat line but it's even better when we watch the film and see how good that we've been playing," 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 that same mentality going into all of our games," said Hebl. "Whether a team's supposed to be better, supposed to be an 'easier' game."

That reason being, they have a bigger goal in mind.

"I think every player on this team has set their goal on winning the state championship this year, and there's no doubt in that," said DelaBarre.

"We know our goal is obviously win the region champ and we got that done, and now it's to get to the Fargodome and play that state championship game," said Bowman.

The state championship game eluded the Loboes a season ago. LLM tasted defeat at the hands of the Linton/HMB Lions in the 9-man semifinals The Loboes fell 46-38, the most points they'd allowed all season, and Linton/HMB went on to win the 9-man championship. That loss stuck with LLM throughout all the offseason and up til now.

"Taking that taste in our mouth and letting it resonate throughout the season, letting it resonate here now, going into the playoffs," said DelaBarre.

"Obviously, none of us liked losing to Linton in the semis, but that just added a lot more motivation for this year and we knew that we could get it done," said Bowman.

Coming off a bye-week from the first round, DelaBarre knows his team will have continue to not be complacent.

"We can't be happy with where we're at," he said. "We have to find ways we can improve and still defensively, even though the numbers, the stats are there, we have to improve on some of those things we know we're gonna see different come playoff time."

The Loboes will host the May-Port-CG Patriots Saturday at 1 p.m. in LaMoure. The Patriots defeated Finley Enderlin/Maple Valley 20-18 in the first round last Saturday.