Fresh off their first win of the 2019 season, the Aurora Houn Dawgs make the nearly 70-mile trip (140 miles round trip) Friday night to face the Lamar Tigers.
Last week, Aurora came through with a 18-13 victory over East Newton, ending the Houn Dawgs seven-game losing streak dating back to last season. Meanwhile, East Newton’s losing streak extended to 24 straight setbacks.
The Houn Dawgs totaled 256 yards and one touchdown on 41 carries with three ball carriers gaining at least 66 yards — junior Brody Sims rushed for 78 yards on nine carries, senior quarterback Jay Lee matched that 78 yards but on 14 carries, and sophomore Kohl Rohlman added 66 yards on 10 carries. Ian Jackson, a sophomore, gained 33 yards on seven carries and found the end zone.
Defensively, Lee provided two interceptions. Jackson led the way with 17 tackles (eight solo, nine assist), while Ryan Clark and Rohlman finished with 10 and nine, respectively.
Offensively, Aurora improved its numbers drastically in Week 2 from the season opener against formidable Cassville, a team that has not lost during the regular season since 2017.
Defensively, eight different players have at least nine tackles after two games, led by Jackson’s 22 (helped out tremendously by his 22-tackle performance last week).
The Houn Dawgs now face a Lamar team 2-0 on the season after 38-19 and 34-3 victories against Logan-Rogersville and Hollister, respectively.
Keep in mind this is a Lamar program that had its at-the-time nation’s longest winning streak snapped at 57 games with a loss last season in the last regular season game against Cassville … on a 37-yard field goal as time expired, no less.
The Tigers also had their state record streak of seven consecutive state titles ended.
Last week against Hollister, Lamar fell behind early 3-0 and then scored the final 34 points.
The Tigers, coached by former Pittsburg State (Kansas) tight end Scott Bailey, played their signature brand of football against their fellow Tigers last week.
Lamar gashed Hollister for 435 yards of total offense, tallied 422 yards on the ground, and scored five touchdowns, including three straight to end the first half. The Tigers had 13 running plays that produced gains of at least 10 yards.
Defensively, Lamar forced four Hollister turnovers.
The Tigers are famous offensively for their dual-quarterback offense and Case Tucker rushed for 151 yards and three TDs on 14 carries. Cade Griffith produced 115 yards on a mere four carries.
Aurora sputtered in a 42-0 loss in the opener against Cassville, and the Houn Dawgs face a similarly capable opponent in Week 3 in Lamar.
Cassville scored on a fumble return for a touchdown only nine seconds into that 42-0 game, so if the Houn Dawgs are to stand a chance against Lamar, they must avoid plays like that, find ways to keep drives alive and keep the Lamar defense on the field, and produce points at the end of drives.
Week 3 Games
Ash Grove at Pleasant Hope
Aurora at Lamar
Carthage at Joplin
East Newton at McDonald County
Hollister at Springfield Catholic
Jasper at Diamond
Marionville at Lockwood
Marshfield at Mount Vernon
Monett at Cassville
Ozark at Branson
Reeds Spring at Logan-Rogersville
Republic at Carl Junction
Sarcoxie at Pierce City
Seneca at Nevada
Strafford at Miller
Webb City at Neosho
Willard at Nixa