The Aurora Houn Dawgs, 1-4 on the season, welcome Big 8 Conference East rival Springfield Catholic for Homecoming on Friday night.

Both teams struggled last week in losses — especially Aurora, as the Houn Dawgs fell behind state-ranked Mount Vernon 20-0 after one quarter en route to a 46-0 loss at Mountaineer Stadium.

Meanwhile, Springfield Catholic took a 28-15 loss to Big 8 East foe Reeds Spring. The Fighting Irish generated 290 yards of total offense compared to 183 for the Wolves, but three interceptions and one fumble cost the team with fewer points. Reeds Spring freshman linebacker Adam Lewis returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and the lead at 21-15 early in the second quarter.

Springfield Catholic quarterback Will Squibb has struggled since leading the Fighting Irish to a 41-26 come-from-behind victory in the season opener against Seneca. In that contest, he completed 62.5 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and one interception, but he’s dipped to as low as a 28.6 percent completion rate in a 38-28 win over Marshfield. Squibb threw at least two interceptions against Cassville, Marshfield, and Reeds Spring.

The Fighting Irish can be explosive at times though, as evidenced in erasing a 20-0 deficit to Seneca. That’s the Indians’ only loss so far this season and the Indians have logged back-to-back wins against state-ranked opponents, Cassville and Lamar.

Jay Lee led Aurora last week with 10 tackles (seven solo) and Kyle Anderson added nine. Kohl Rohlman and Leo Torres picked up pass deflections and Lee blocked a field goal.


Week 6 Games

Ash Grove at Lockwood

Carl Junction at Nixa

Carthage at Branson

Cassville at McDonald County

Diamond at Adrian

Greenfield at Pleasant Hope

Hollister at Reeds Spring

Lamar at East Newton

Marionville at Pierce City

Marshfield at Nevada

Miller at Sarcoxie

Monett at Seneca

Mount Vernon at Logan-Rogersville

Neosho at Joplin

Republic at Ozark

Springfield Catholic at Aurora

Willard at Webb City