Newton’s first strike against East Chambers came just 19 seconds into Friday’s game at Singletary Stadium.

Quarterback D.J. Dean delivered a 67-yard touchdown pass to Roney Elam on Newton’s first play from scrimmage in a 74-7 blowout victory against District 10-2A Division I rival East Chambers.

On a night many believed would decide the 10-2A-I title, Newton dominated in every facet. Dean, a Utah commit, had three touchdowns — one passing, two running — in the first quarter alone. He added a 34-yard touchdown pass to running back Kevin Shorter late in the second quarter.

Dean, who is being recruited to Utah as a defensive back, led Newton with 6 of 11 passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 125 yards and two more touchdowns.

The Eagles, who are the state’s No. 3-ranked Class 2A team, improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district. They have beaten their six opponents by an average of 40.2 points, with Friday’s game marking their largest margin of victory.

Newton’s offense, which produced 648 yards, wasn’t alone in its dominance. The Eagles’ defense held East Chambers (3-2, 2-1) to 125 yards of offense, including just 44 yards in the first half.

East Chambers’ only touchdown came on a 40-yard run by Glenn Roberts, who broke several tackles on his way to the end zone midway through the second quarter. Roberts entered the game averaging 228.8 rushing yards and 3.8 touchdowns per game.

Newton’s defense was opportunistic as nose guard Zach Belcher scooped up an East Chambers fumble and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter. Shorter later turned an interception into a 45-yard touchdown return in the third.

Shorter’s interception return was his fourth touchdown of the night as he ran for 80 yards and three scores on 13 carries.

Both teams are on the road next Friday with East Chambers at Kirbyville and Newton at Kountze.