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Newton wins back to back state titles Defeating Powerhouse Canadian 21-16

Two teams, both coming from small towns where football is king: The cities of Canadian
and Newton combine for a population of just over 5,000, but have both been fixtures in the
3A state championship over the years.
Talking to some of the residents of these two cities, football is truly everything. Even one of their
coaches will admit, “There is nothing else to do but football. It is everything here.”
For the Newton Eagles, this game meant a little more than another state championship
trophy in their trophy case. These players have been playing for their coach, and dont know
when the last time they will be able to will come.
Around this time last year, this community saw their beloved head coach’s health rapidly
deteriorating and just prayed he would be around to take home one last state
championship.
On the football side of things, Newton came into this game looking to close out one of the
most dominant seasons in the history of Texas 3A football, going 14-0, scoring 59 points a
game and having a defense that has shut out 6 teams over the course of their season.

Newton would look like Newton in the first half -having their way on both sides of the ball.
Thanks in part to their dominant defense, they would take a 21-0 lead by halftime-
dominating the time of possession and holding the Canadian run game to negative yards.
Newton would come out of the locker room and struggle for most of the second half,
allowing Canadian to climb back into the game and would even give them the ball trailing
by 5 -with just over a minute to go in the game.
It would come down to a 4th and 5 from the Newton 18 yard line with 30 seconds to go in
the game. Casen Cavalier, Senior quarterback from Canadian who led the comeback playing
perfect football in the second half, would be flushed out of the pocket and forced to throw up
a prayer to the endzone and be picked off by Junior corner Dominique Seastrunk -sealing
the game and giving Newton their second consecutive 3A Division II championship title, their 5th state football championship in the school’s history!

Riley Beirs
@RileyBeirsFNG

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