Arch Manning surpassed Eli and Peyton in the Newman record book at Pearl River | Prep Sports

Arch Manning threw for 326 yards and seven touchdowns to push Newman to a 52-22 victory over Pearl River on Friday night at Rebel Stadium.

Manning did most of his damage in the first half, with five of his scores coming in the first two periods. He was pulled in the fourth quarter after setting three school records including most career touchdowns, most career passing yards and most touchdowns in a single game. All three records were held by either his uncle Eli (career touchdowns) or uncle Peyton (career yardage).

The Greenies receivers did their part in helping Manning get the records and the victory, with Peter Loop and Makai Donaldson scoring three times each and Anthony Jones garnering one score.

How it was won

While the game was never in doubt for the Greenies, the play that summed up the game in a nutshell came in the second quarter.

With Newman facing a third down and needing 40 yards for a first down, Manning found Jones for a 35-yard gain. Pearl River then was called for a personal foul, giving Newman a first down. The Greenies scored two plays later when Manning hit Loop from 8 yards away to stretch the lead to 31-0.

While that was a backbreaker for Pearl River, more devastating was a touchdown that wasn’t earlier in the game. With Newman leading 17-0, Brian Jenkins returned a kickoff 99 yards for an apparent touchdown that was called back for a block below the waist.

Player of the game

Arch Manning, Newman: One could make a case for either of the top receivers for the Greenies, but this one has to go to Manning. In the first half alone, he had 265 yards and five touchdowns, escaping the Pearl River pass rush numerous times to make play after play. While several of his throws were not perfect, he put them where they needed to be for his teammates to make plays. The rest of the game was Manning doing what he does best — finding the open receiver and leading the Greenies down the field for touchdowns.

Notable

• Pearl River debuted its new turf field, and although the game pushed three hours in length and was essentially a blowout the whole way, fans on the Pearl River side stayed to the end.

• Manning threw his 100th career touchdown pass and now has a combined 123 touchdowns in his career.


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