A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns last Friday night propelled the Aurora Houn' Dawgs to their first win of the young football season, a 28-21 road victory over Mountain View/Liberty.
The Eagles claimed the lead early with a first quarter touchdown and added another quickly in the second quarter. But the Houn' Dawgs kept it close, as senior Clayton Dunning found the end zone with less than two minutes to go in the half to make it 14-7 at the intermission.
Aurora pulled to within a point of the lead in the third quarter on a 99-yard touchdown by Dunning, but the Dawgs were unable to convert on the extra point try to tie it.
Liberty added another touchdown to begin the fourth quarter and extend the lead to 21-13, but Dunning scored again 19 seconds later on a 57-yard pass from senior quarterback John Dakota Lee. Lee then ran the ball in for the two point conversion to tie the game at 21-all.
In the final minute of the contest, the Eagles appeared on the verge of the winning score before junior Casey Weathermon picked off a pass and ran it all the way down to the Liberty three-yard line. From there, Dunning ran in his fourth touchdown of the game to give the Dawgs the 28-21 victory.
Dunning finished with 171 yards receiving and 76 on the ground to lead the Aurora offense, while Lee went 14-for-28 for 294 yards passing and added 59 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, the Dawgs were led by junior Kaden Clark, who racked up 14 total tackles, including 12 solos.
Aurora (1-1) will play its first home game this week, as Lamar (2-0) will visit to open the Dawgs' Big 8 Conference campaign.