Many holds off Newman, 25-17

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MANY – For five months, the matchup between Many and Newman built up in anticipation.

It did not fail to live up to hype as the Tigers defeated the Greenies, 25-17, Friday at John W. Curtis Tiger Stadium.

“This game got us better tonight and we got them better tonight,” Many coach Jess Curtis said. “We both attacked areas that we need to work on and get better, but that’s how you get better by going against one of best teams in the state.”

The Tigers were able to pressure Texas commit and Newman senior quarterback Arch Manning all night long as they sacked him four times and pressured him even more to secure the win.

The loss of fellow Longhorn commit Will Randle, who tore his ACL last week against Benton.

“This was everything that we thought it would be,” Curtis said. “We just tried to do some different things and tried to pressure him.”

“They have a bunch of good players and they are well-coached,” Manning said. “I think we came out flat because of the five-hour bus ride. We got it together a little bit, but not enough to get it done tonight.”

Manning failed to complete a pass during his first nine passes but wound up with a stat line of 8-for-20 for 80 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Also strong was Many’s running game, as Jamarlyn Garner led the way with 106 yards on 18 carries. Following his lead was Jeremiah James, who rushed 85 yards, 19 carries, two touchdowns – one in each half.

The Tigers have a bye week in Week 5, while Newman travels to Pearl River.

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