GRANBY — The East Newton Patriots have not scored in their last three games, a streak dating back to a 41-6 loss to the Monett Cubs on October 13, 2017.
The Patriots remain looking for their first points of the 2018 season after taking a 33-0 loss Friday night to Aurora at Don Johnston Stadium.
A holding penalty on the Patriots negated a touchdown pass and their first points of the season.
Aurora performed nearly all necessary scoreboard damage in the first half — scoring on the first two offensive possessions and then leading by what turned out to be the final score already by halftime.
Logan Lauffler sparked Aurora with 82 yards rushing and one touchdown, a 50-yard run early in the second quarter that gave the Houn Dawgs a 20-0 advantage.
Class 2 East Newton, 0-2, returns to action with their official Big 8 Conference opener against West rival McDonald County. The Patriots are the home team against the Class 4 school.
McDonald County evened its record at 1-1 after a 21-13 win Friday over Logan-Rogersville.
Last season, McDonald County rolled 54-0 over East Newton, while East Newton ran up a 56-34 final score on McDonald County in the previous reason.
Ironically, that win served as the Patriots’ last win, when current Miller head coach Jamie LaSalle guided the Patriots to a three-win season. The Patriots ended their long Big 8 losing streak that season and recorded wins against Seneca and El Dorado Springs in addition to the Mustangs.
McDonald County, at that point in time, was in the midst of an extended losing streak, which ended at 16 straight losses before a win over Marshfield in the 2017 season opener.
East Newton’s current losing streak stands at 14 straight.