With Peyton Manning’s retirement in 2016 and several subpar seasons leading to Eli’s benching earlier this season, it’s been a tough time for the Manning quarterback dynasty. But a new generation is offering hope that there’s a third generation of dominance.
Arch Manning is the grandson of Archie Manning, longtime Saints QB and father to Peyton and Eli, who have four Super Bowl rings between them. Arch is a freshman at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. Five games into his varsity career, he already has a signature comeback under his belt.
Manning started Friday night’s game with three first-half interceptions after throwing just one pick all season. Not great.
Still, Newman stayed in front until near the end of the game until Booker T. Washington took a 20-19 lead late in the third quarter. On second-and-9, Manning threw deep down the middle of the field for a 63-yard touchdown. He then converted the two-point conversion with a short pass.
Arch Manning leads COMEBACK to win 27-20 and stay UNDEFEATED 🚨 pic.twitter.com/PL3mgRBuSg
— Overtime (@overtime) October 5, 2019
Newman’s defense held and they won the game, thanks in no small part to their young QB with a tremendous pedigree.
Arch’s grandfather Archie made headlines recently when he said that the 6-foot, 160-pound class of 2023 prospect was “probably a little ahead of them [Peytona and Eli] as a freshman.”
“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,” said Manning’s coach Nelson Stewart.
“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.”
Arch clearly has to bear the weight of sky-high expectations on his teenaged shoulders, but his performance under pressure in this game and the strong start he’s having to his high school career bode well for a future in which he’s playing—and winning—on Saturdays and Sundays.