Newman, Manning shine in nationally televised win over BTW

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The hype is hard to live up to but Newman sophomore Arch Manning is doing an excellent job of doing so.

With the bright lights of Lupin Stadium and the even brighter lights of a national television audience focused on New Orleans and Newman football, Manning and the Greenies put on a show Thursday night in a 55-22 victory over Booker T. Washington.

Manning shook off a pair of interceptions, passing for a touchdown and rushing for a pair of scores.

Joseph Pleasant scored on a 3-yard run to give Newman a 7-0 lead with 7:38 to play in the opening quarter.

The Lions got even as Arnold Barnes broke lose on a 51-yard touchdown run Coryell Pierce then ran it in for a 2-point conversion to give Booker T. Washington an 8-7 lead with 6:17 to play in the opening quarter.

Newman answered quickly following a big kickoff return by A.J. Johnson to the Lion 31-yard line. Manning scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to give the Greenies a 14-8 lead with 3:12 to play in the opening quarter.

Harvard commit Sterling Scott then picked off an Esco Bickham pass and returned it 27 yards for a score to give Newman a 21-8 lead with 3:03 to play in the first quarter.

The Lions Keith Hampton then electrified the audience, breaking several tackles on the way to an 83-yard punt return for an apparent score but the great play was nullified by a running into the kicker penalty.

Undaunted, Booker T. Washington came right back as Arizona commit Tyrese Johnson broke loose on a 40-yard touchdown run on the zone read play to cut the deficit to 21-16 with 3:04 to play in the first half. Johnson ran in the two-point conversion.

Newman extended the lead with 33 seconds left in the half as Manning connected with A.J. Johnson on a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-16 by halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Hampton came up with an interception of Manning but the Greenies got a stop and bounced back as Scott raced 21 yards for a score to extend the lead to 35-16 with 7:53 to play in the third quarter.

Hampton did it again, picking off Manning on a tipped ball and he returned it 75 yards for a score. The two-point conversion attempt failed and it was 35-22 with 3:25 to play in the third quarter.

The Greenies got separation in the fourth quarter as Manning scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak for his second rushing touchdown and Newman took a 41-22 lead with 10:07 to play in the contest after a mixed extra point.

Newman continued to separate as Scott scored on a 30-yard touchdown to make it 48-22.

Shawn Sutherland had a fumble recovery for the Greenies late in the game to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Pleasant to account for the 55-22 final margin.

Scott finished with seven carries for 88 yards and two scores and had the interception return for a touchdown.

Manning finished 21-of-27 for 241 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He added the two rushing touchdowns.

A senior, Hampton had three interceptions of Manning in 2019 as Newman downed the Lions 27-20.

Newman coach Nelson Stewart felt his team and school handled the entire circus atmosphere quite well.

“Going back to my playing days in 1993, it was special to be on television,” Stewart said. “It was as surreal experience for us. Never in a million years did I think there would be a national telecast from Lupin Field. We played a really good team and we played our best game of the year. There were camera everywhere. It could have been a distraction but our administration handled it great. Having our school seen nationally was great for our school and for our team and for me personally. It was a pretty amazing experience. We had to delegate tickets with the city ordinance in place. It was different with the late kickoff. The long television breaks required us being focused. There was so much excitement.”

Newman (3-0) returns to action next Friday night, hosting St. Thomas Aquinas at 7 p.m. while Booker T. Washington (2-1) will play Douglass next Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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