Sep. 3—LAMOURE — Despite the reigning Class B 9-man champions losing their starting quarterback to graduation, the team's level of play has not dropped.
The LaMoure/Litchville-Marion Loboes won the 2021 NDHSAA 9-man final finishing their season at 12-0 behind signal caller Corban Potts. The Loboes turned to senior Anthony Hanson as their new quarterback and he has lived up to the hype, helping to lead the Loboes get off to a 2-0 start and outscoring their opponents 109-0.
While Potts was the quarterback last season, the Loboes moved Hanson around the offense.
"I'll call him an athlete because I think there is any position on the field that we can play him at," Loboes head coach Andy DelaBarre said. "I think he's going to give us great effort. I think he'll be able to compete in any spot. Playing that outside linebacker for us, he's tough, he's athletic, he can cover but again as a quarterback, I think that's instrumental to the success of our offense, and playing him there has been a good start to the season."
In the first two games of the season, Hanson has completed 16 passes for 213 yards and five touchdowns while carrying the ball 11 times for 45 yards and three touchdowns. Hanson said his best skill is his ability to run the football. As far as what he needs to improve on, that is more technical.
"I'd say something I need to work on is just footwork, staying in the pocket," Hanson said.
Despite the Loboes having won 25 of their last 27 games, including 14 in a row, Hanson is not worried about him and his teammates getting lazy and overlooking teams.
"We just take each week as a learning process," Hanson said. "We don't care about a team's record. We want to go against ourselves and get better each week."
So far this season, DelaBarre said he has seen Hanson's decisions improve from game to game.
"The biggest thing is his comfort level and playing into that position now and starting to make better reads and becoming more natural for him and less thinking, more reacting," DelaBarre said.
During his junior season, Hanson said he learned a lot from Potts about the game.
"I talk to him not a whole lot, but we'll bring it up and we'll talk about things that certain defenses do and get to feel like he's still here," Hanson said. "He just taught me how to throw a good ball and how to read the defense."
The Loboes returned to the field for their home opener on Friday, Sept. 2, when they faced Hatton/Northwood.
Hanson said the team has to continue to work and not have a lazy approach during the season if they want to win the program's third state championship.