Arch Manning, the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the class of 2023, saw his sophomore season come to an end Friday night in a 21-7 Louisiana state semifinals loss to Lafayette Christian. Manning finished 18-of-38 for 158 yards and one touchdown, but an interception with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter ended the year for No. 1 ranked Isidore Newman.
“We were able to run the ball and sustain some drives but we just didn’t finish in the red zone,” Newman head coach Nelson Stewart told NOLA.com. “I thought we had it dialed up and we felt good about everything but it didn’t unfold well. I think for us, that’s the story of the game.”
Newman is now 0-8 in state semifinal games. Manning, was sacked four times, had ten carries for minus-one yard and lost a fumble.
Cooper Manning, Arch’s dad, said over the summer that college choices will come down to what Arch wants to do.
“We’re open to sending our kids wherever they want to go to school,” Cooper told 104.5 FM Baton Rouge. “I don’t think MIT is calling anytime soon. We raise them to do what they want to do. They make decisions and we support them. That’s the way it works.”
Devin Walton with the diving interception.
Lafayette Christian now with possession again, it’s 21-7 lead still in tact and less than five minutes to play. pic.twitter.com/2LykeHqWMY
— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) December 12, 2020
— Varsity Sports Now (@VSNLouisiana) December 12, 2020