When the East Newton Patriots jogged into the locker room at halftime on Friday night, the only thing keeping them from ending their 28-game losing streak were two quarters of football.
The Patriots jogged off the field carrying all the momentum after kicker Colby Thomas nailed a 37-yard field goal just before the half to give the Patriots a 10-6 lead. But the Aurora Houn’ Dawgs would come out with a new fire in the second half, rattling off 21 unanswered points in the early going and cruising in the second half to a 34-13 victory in the Big 8 Conference opener.
The Patriots’ (0-2) winless streak now stands at 29.
After the Houn’ Dawgs took a 6-0 lead early, the Patriots came back and took the lead when Rocky Liveoak plunged in from two-yards out to make it 7-6. Thomas later nailed his first field goal with 24 seconds left in the half to make it 10-6.
But Aurora would come back in the second half with a vengeance, scoring their second touchdown on a fumble return with 1:52 left in the third quarter, before Josh Fronabarger’s 52-yard run set up a two-yard score to make it 27-10.
Kolby Thomas later hit a 30-yard field goal with 7:13 left in the game to draw it to 27-13, but the Houn’ Dawgs would continue to take advantage of Patriot mistakes to pull away with the victory.
The loss dropped the Patriots to 0-2, 0-1 in the Big 8 Conference. They’ll travel to Carl Junction next week to take on a Bulldogs squad that roughed up Carthage 63-32 Friday.