Arch Manning Put On A Show In Front Of Lane Kiffin, Archie Manning During His First Playoff Game Of 2021

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  • With two important Ole Miss figures in attendance, Arch Manning was absolutely balling in the first round of the Louisiana State Playoffs.
  • The nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2023 scored three touchdowns in a 31-point win.
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Arch Manning put on a clinic during Isidore Newman’s first round Louisiana State Playoff game against Episcopal Baton Rouge. The junior quarterback scored three touchdowns en route to a 31-point win.

In attendance to watch the 6-foot-4, 215-pound son of Cooper and nephew of Eli and Peyton, was a trio important Ole Miss figures. Lane Kiffin, his son Knox(ford), and Manning’s grandfather Archie were all on the sidelines or in the stands.

Knoxford, fresh off of a junior league championship at quarterback in California, will be in attendance at the Rebels’ game against Vanderbilt this weekend and chose to join his dad on his private jet trip down to Baton Rouge to watch Mannning ball out.

Manning, who is the top recruit in the Class of 2023, went 14-of-21 for 164 yards on the day. While those numbers might not stand out on first look, he added 46 yards rushing and the three total scores.

Perhaps more importantly, Manning did not throw an interception or turn the ball over and delivered a college-ready performance in the pocket. He stood strong to step into throws with a defender closing in, showed his toughness with defenders draped all over him, and sprinkled in some finesse to ice the cake.

Newman began the game with the ball and drove 73 yards on the opening possession.

Manning started the series with a 16-yard run and went on to break a saucy touchdown run a few plays later.

The play, however, was called back. It didn’t end up mattering because Manning capped the drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass to his favorite target, tight end Will Randle.

Later in the half, Manning found a hole for six.

Manning’s best/strongest run of the night came early in the second half. He dropped back, couldn’t find anyone open down the field, took off up the middle and carried the pile on his back.

Although Newman’s run game played a significant role in the win, 21 of 37 points can be attributed to Manning. His final score of the game came through the air near the start of the fourth quarter from 23 yards out.

Meanwhile, the Kiffins were loving it.

Here is a recap of the entire game:

Newman head coach Nelson Stewart had a lot to say about his star quarterback after the game:

“Arch is great. He’s physical and able to run the football. He’s tough. He took shots when they were there. I’m blessed to coach him. He can make you right a lot as a coach.”

With the win, No. 5 Newman advances to the Louisiana Division-III semifinals for a rematch against defending state champion Lafayette Christian.