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.

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.