Last weekend, Arch Manning suffered his first setback this season in his pursuit of the all-time passing title at Isidore Newman (New Orleans, La.), held by his uncle, Eli Manning. The Greenies put up more points against Many (Many, La.) than the Tigers had given up all season, but generating yardage on offense was an issue all night for Newman in a 25-17 defeat. Manning and the Greenies look to get back on track in another big matchup this Friday at 8 p.m. ET against Pearl River (Pearl River, La.), who took full advantage of a winless Independence (Independence, La.) in a dominant win last week.
Arch Manning only needs 130 yards to jump his other uncle, Peyton Manning (7,207 yards) on Friday, but catching Eli (7,389 yards) is within the realm of possibility. In last season's matchup between Newman and Pearl River, Manning lit up the Rebels for nearly 300 passing yards and five touchdowns. You can follow Newman vs. Pearl River on the game page at MaxPreps.
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What you need to know about Arch Manning
Arch Manning entered the fall as the top overall high school football prospect in the 247Sports.com's composite rankings. As a five-star QB, and part of the most famous family in football, Manning had his pick of any college program to play for after this season, but he settled on Texas. Manning also took official visits to Alabama and Georgia, but committed to the Longhorns and offense-minded head coach in Steve Sarkisian.
Throughout his high school career, Manning has had the occasional game in which things didn't click for him in the passing game, but he's more than capable of making up for it with his running ability. He has already run for a couple of touchdowns this season, and against Pearl River last year, he finished with 38 yards on just four carries. Where Peyton and Eli Manning are known as traditional pocket passers, some of Arch Manning's biggest throws this season have come while he has been on the move outside of the pocket. Follow Arch Manning at MaxPreps.
How to track Newman vs. Pearl River
- Newman vs. Pearl River date: Friday, Sept. 30
- Newman vs. Pearl River time: 8 p.m. ET
- Newman vs. Pearl River game page: Follow game at MaxPreps
Newman vs. Pearl River preview
Pearl River doesn't boast a roster full of high-level recruits, but this season, the Rebels have found their groove as a team and have been playing well. Last week, the Rebels won decisively against Independence (Independence, La.), 46-14, on the strength of four rushing touchdowns from running back Brian Jenkins III. Pearl River finished with 400 yards of offense and Jenkins needed just six carries to come away with 134 of those yards. Senior quarterback Austin Wadsworth also finished with a pair of touchdown passes and 179 yards through the air.
However, Independence has struggled mightily this season, and even a dominant win like last week's isn't an indicator of what awaits Manning and Newman on Friday against the Rebels. Newman has had a dynamic offense with Manning at the helm, and though he struggled against Many last Friday, Pearl River's defense isn't on the same level as the Tigers. Manning will certainly want to put last week's disappointment behind him with a strong showing this week.
One way to get rid of the bad taste left by Many would be to move ahead of Peyton and towards the all-time Newman passing record. After two consecutive weeks of scrambling to win or stay competitive in games, Newman should be looking to control Friday's contest from the outset. You can follow the matchup at MaxPreps.
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