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CASEY -- Newton did the unthinkable against Casey-Westfield -- a running clock.

A year after Lawrenceville broke Casey's 8-year winning streak at home, the Eagles came out and took down the Warriors 47-7 at Sinclair-Vidoni Field.

"Obviously, we're very excited, very thrilled with the whole effort," Newton coach Jason Fulton said. "What a special night for Newton football and the whole community. It's a long time coming.

"It's been something that's we've been waiting for."

They didn't have to wait long. Mitch Bierman lit up the scoreboard 50 seconds into the game with a 64-yard touchdown run. Three and a half minutes later, Bierman punched in another score.

By the end of the first quarter, Newton was already up 20-7. By half, the game was essentially out of reach. The Eagles boasted a 34-7 advantage.

The running game couldn't have been much more even with Bierman rushing for 152 yards and Kaleb Wittgan rushing for 155 more. They both had three touchdowns as well.

And this season's performance is coming behind a line with one returning starter -- BoDee Steber. But the young line hasn't showed any sign of inexperience through two games.

"Offensively we were very good -- the line was unbelievable," Fulton said.

Brock Mammoser gave the jolt to the running clock, connecting with Mitch Jansen for an 8-yard touchdown with four minute left in the game.

Defensively, the Eagles were just as strong, if not better. Newton allowed a tiny 26 yards on 21 carries and the Warriors could only add 42 passing yards to the total. Newton's defense swarmed the Warriors all night to force six turnovers --three fumbles and three interceptions -- to never let Casey's offense find any sort of rhythm on the field.

It's a welcome win for Newton, which has been knocking on the door the past several years. After just missing out on the playoffs three and two years ago, Newton won that elusive fifth game last year and broke a playoff drought.

Now, this group has pushed itself into the elite group of the Little Illini by downing Casey, a team that's only had four regular season losses in the last 11 years.

They'll get another chance to put their team to the test against Lawrenceville, a team that'll test the Eagles run defense, next week.

For now, they can soak in beating Casey-Westfield, which has the been the perennial Little Illini team for more than a decade.

"It's a huge spark for your program," Fulton said. "It allows them to believe for their team. We felt like we were a pretty good team, but we had lost too many close games.

"I think we proved some people wrong tonight."

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