Manning, Newman look to be in midseason form against Hannan

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It may have just been a scrimmage, but Arch Manning looked like, well, a Manning.

In a Thursday evening scrimmage against Archbishop Hannan, the Newman quarterback was 21 for 25 passing for 341 yards and four touchdowns against the Hawks in earning the Greenies a 28-0 outcome.

The most highly touted high school freshman player in recent memory played with the poise and composure of a four-year starter in finding open receivers, avoiding what little pressure his line gave up, and having the confidence to throw into double coverage; and completing the pass.

It wasn’t just the Manning show, however. Senior Jarmone Sutherland, a 3-star prospect according to Rivals.com, hauled in 10 receptions for 230 yards and all four touchdowns in a dominant performance. The duo is expected to be a force to reckon with this season, and they certainly looked that way Thursday night.

“I think our offensive line did a good job,” said Greenies head coach Nelson Stewart. “Arch did a good job in the pocket and pushing the ball down field. I was surprised a little bit. I can’t tell you how much I respect (Hannan head coach) Scott Wattingy.”

It wasn’t just the offense, however. The Newman defense dominated Hannan’s starters and reserves all night in collecting five interceptions and three sacks. Linebacker Wade Politz had two of the Greenies five picks and 4-star prospect Brandon Williams had 2.5 sacks. Newman wreaked havoc all night long and Stewart took notice.

“(The defense was) outstanding” he said. “Our front four was outstanding. Wade Politz, all of our interceptions, our secondary all of it. We kept talking about that. I thought it was an outstanding job. Our linebackers were really involved. It was just outstanding.”

As for Hannan, the reigning district champions of 8-3A, it was a rough evening all around. The offense committed seven turnovers and could barely muster and attack through the air or the ground. Their defense was equally dominated when the Newman starters were in, though they did show improvement against the reserves. The Hawks coach recognized that despite the lackluster performance, it still must be remembered that this was just a scrimmage.

“I thought we gave good effort,” said the fifth year head coach Wattigny. “I thought we had a great attitude coming out here. I just thought on both sidelines there was a difference in expectation. (Newman) expected to make plays, we kind of just hoped to make plays. We were in position numerous amounts of times to make plays and we just didn’t. My message is more attention to details and to what coaches are asking them to do.”

Wattingy also made note that Newman had something that they haven’t had since the 1998 season: A Manning under center.
“That is going to be one fantastic quarterback for the next four years,” he said.

Hannan begins their season on September 6 at Chalmette while Newman begins their journey at home versus Lusher on the same date.

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