In perhaps the least bit of shocking news to come out of the sports world this week, Peyton and Eli Manning’s 14-year-old nephew, and Archie Manning’s grandson, Arch Manning, made his high school varsity football debut at quarterback and did very, very well.
Back in January, Arch Manning was already making news as “the next great Manning QB” and he was only in 8th grade.
This past Friday night, Arch showed a little bit of what all the hype was about in a 41-15 victory in his debut under center for Isidore Newman School in New Orleans – the same school where his uncles played and where his dad Cooper Manning was a star wide receiver before injuries derailed his football career.
The latest Manning signal-caller’s high school football career got off to a impressive start, as Arch began the game versus Lusher with eight completions in his first nine passes, including two touchdowns. Not bad.
When all was said and done, Arch finished with a line of 22-of-34 for 224 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.
“We wanted to see maturity and pocket presence, and he did everything we asked him to do as far as executing our offense and his ability to stay mature and balanced leading our wide receivers,” Newman coach Nelson Stewart told NOLA.com. “That’s why he’s in this position.
“He doesn’t look like a freshman. That maturity and how you handle those tight moments are where the greatness can come.”
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 166 pounds, Arch Manning’s debut made him the first freshman to ever start at quarterback for Newman, according to MaxPreps.com. (Nope, not even Peyton and Eli started as freshmen.)
“He’s ready for this moment. Most haven’t been,” Stewart told NOLA.com prior to the game.
“The biggest thing for him is he’s all about the first name, not the last,” Stewart added. “It’s ‘Arch’ to me. I don’t compare him to anyone else. He’s his own entity. He’s where he is because he’s an individual that’s ready to be a starting varsity quarterback.”
The real question now is, how will he handle the inevitable spotlight that will be shined on him from now until he finishes his college career? Considering he’s a Manning, odds are definitely in favor of him handling it just fine.