The Aurora Houn' Dawgs became the first team this season to score points on the Lamar Tigers, but one touchdown would not be enough, as the Dawgs fell to 1-2 on the season with a 30-6 loss.
Lamar put up its first touchdown of the night at the 2:41 mark of the first quarter, a four-yard run to the end zone complemented by a two-point conversion by the quarterback to make it 8-0.
With the defense holding steady against the Lamar offense, the Houn' Dawgs threatened offensively in the second quarter, earning first down at the Lamar 22-yard line after a penalty. But three incomplete passes and a run for a loss gave the Tigers the ball on a turnover on downs.
The defense would do well to force a punt, though, and senior quarterback John Dakota Lee and the offense would take over with about four minutes remaining in the half. After a a first down completion to junior Casey Weathermon, Lee found junior Kaden Clark cutting across the middle of the field for a 38-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt was blocked to keep the score at 8-6, but the Aurora faithful continued to celebrate becoming the first to score on the formidable Lamar defense.
The celebration would not last long, however, as the Tigers completed their own 28-yard touchdown less than two minutes later to make it 14-6. That score would hold until the 3:16 mark of the third quarter, when Lamar added another touchdown and two-point conversion to make it a 22-6 game.
Aurora would answer with a drive to the Lamar red zone, thanks in part to a 32-yard reception by senior Clayton Dunning and 50-yard run by junior Logan Lauffer. A fourth-down attempt by Lee to find the end zone came up just short, according to the officials, however, and the Dawgs' hope of scoring another touchdown was dashed.
A fourth-quarter touchdown by the Lamar quarterback capped off the night and put the game fully out of reach for Aurora at 30-6. The loss gave the Houn' Dawgs an 0-1 record to begin Big 8 Conference play.
Lee ended the night with 148 yards passing on 12 completions with one touchdown. Lauffer's big run put him at the top of the rushing list with 58 yards on two carries, while Dunning added 18 yards on eight carries. Dunning also led the receivers with 40 yards on three catches.
Senior Connor Savage and junior Isaac Martines racked up 19 tackles each for Aurora defensively, trailing only Dunning's 21. Weathermon and Clark added 11 each for the defense.
Aurora will look to even its record on the road at East Newton this week. The game against the Patriots is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.