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Newton Erupts for 82 Points to Rout Grandview, Advance in 2A Playoffs

BULLARD — Just when you thought Newton’s offense couldn’t be any more impressive, the Eagles made the entire state do a double-take Friday night.

D.J. Dean and Kevin Shorter combined for five touchdowns to lead Newton to an 82-35 win over Grandview on Friday night in a Class 2A Division I regional semifinal at Panther Stadium.

Newton’s win set up a showdown between two of the state’s best offenses in 2A — the Eagles will face Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) at Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium. Franklin defeated Tatum, 49-30, on Friday.

Dean scored on a 75-yard punt return and a 69-yard rushing touchdown for Newton (12-0), while Shorter scored three touchdowns.

The Eagles, who on Friday scored at least 63 points in a game for the sixth time this season, erupted for a 41-7 lead at halftime.

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