Olson, high-powered Loboes run away from Bearcats 56-12
By Harry Lipsiea
While it didn’t effect the scoreboard, the fifth play of the first-round matchup between the North Star, fourth seed from Region 2, and LaMoure-L-M, first seed from Region 1, football teams may have been the most telling and meaningful of all Saturday afternoon.
Returning a line-drive punt off the foot of North Star sophomore Jayden Komrosky, Anthony Olson, a senior for the Loboes, juked and jived his way into open space. The returner, with one man to beat, then showed his speed as he hit the corner and ran into the end zone.
The scoring play was ultiamtely called off by a block in the back upfield. The bad news, however, on the return wasn’t for LaMoure-L-M at all as North Star senior Alex Weston was taken off the field with a leg injury.
The 6-6 Bearcat player, who is the team’s top receiver and a key defender, didn’t return in the game Saturday.
In addition to the key injury that particular play was a sign of things to come: Olson finding paydirt.
The running back ultimately found paydirt on four different occasions leading the Loboes to a 56-12 rout in the first-round contest. In all, he racked up 240 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while returning a put for a touchdown and breaking off a number of long kick returns.
It appeared to be a shootout early on as both teams found success offensively.
The Loboes drew blood first as Olson capped off a 64-yard drive with a 12-yard scoring plunge.
Down 6-0, the Bearcats didn’t back down one bit. First-down runs by fullback Devin Dugdale and quarterback Komrosky set North Star inside LaMoure-L-M territory.
On a key third-down play, Komrosky ducked a pair of defenders and was able to connect with junior wideout Riley Lagasse for a 32-yard touchdown to tie the game up at six.
It was, however, all Loboes the rest of the way. On the final drive of the first quarter, LaMoure-L-M drove down the field on a two straight runs by Olson.
Those plays set up the play-action pass from Parker Stemen to Brady Warcken for a 32-yard touchdown giving the squad a 14-6 advantage after one period.
The Loboes were clicking on all cylinders in the second quarter outscoring the Bearcats 26-0 in the period. The first scoring play of the period was when Olson broke a pair of tackles and sprinted into the end zone for a 17-yard scamper.
The senior scatback was back at it four plays later as he returned a punt for 70 yards to give his team a 28-6 advantage.
After a defensive stop, the Loboes received another long run by Olson to set up the team for a score. This time, it was Stemen getting into the end zone with a 14-yard quarterback scramble.
Having all kinds success on the ground, LaMoure-L-M went to the air as Stemen found Warcken for a 40-yard touchdown to give the home team a 40-6 halftime lead.
North Star did score in the second half as a 27-yard pass from Komrosky to senior wideout Christian Kvilvang capped the game’s scoring. It was, however, the Loboes earning the 56-12 victory.
The Bearcats were led by Komrosky with 153 yards through the air. Johnny Heisler caught four balls for 83 yards. Lagasse caught two passes for 36 yards while Kvilvang hauled in two watches for 31 yards and a touchdown. Dugdale ran for a team-high 32 yards.
It was a very successful season for North Star as the Bearcats close the 2014 campaign out at 6-3.