Newman, Manning start fast in shutout win over Vandebilt Catholic

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It was a long time coming but Isidore Newman and Vandebilt Catholic got to open their delayed seasons Friday night at Lupin Field.

Newman put the game away in the first half, scoring all of their 28 points.

The Greenies scored on their first three possessions.

Junior Arch Manning picked up where he left off in 2020, accounting for all four scores for Newman. Manning completed 18-of-34 passes for 257 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and he ran for the fourth Newman score.

Will Randle, Saint Villere and Tee Williams each caught a touchdown pass.

John Guillot blocked a punt, recovered at the 1-yard line of the Terriers to set up the fourth Newman score.

While Newman won the game, Vandebilt Catholic also won simply by showing up and playing a football game after the devastation of the entire Houma community and Terrebonne Parish in the midst of Hurricane Ida.

“I want to give Vandebilt Catholic and Tommy Minton so much credit for playing,” Stewart said. “What that community has been through, the fact that they reached out and called us, they have no power. It is a really good program and well coached. The fact that they gave us an opportunity spoke volumes. It felt like a normal Friday. It was a good, solid win against what I think is a really great program.”

Speaking on Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football Report Friday night, Newman coach Nelson Stewart said hile much of the focus on Newman is on the offense and Manning, it was the Greenie defense that turned mean Friday.

“Outstanding,” Stewart said. “To me, that was the story of the game. Our guys up front, our front seven were outstanding. We were able to create a lot of pressure. They were not able to get going in the run game. I thought we did a really good job of attacking. Our secondary did a good job. We put constant pressure on the quarterback. I thought our defense was relentless.”

Stewart was pleased with his offense in the first half before not scoring in the second half.

“We took some chances offensively, throwing the ball downfield,” Stewart said. “We executed well in the first half. It was just a great start. The second half, the penalties got us. Our offensive line really played hard. There were some holding penalties. We didn’t do as good a job in terms of protection. We just didn’t finish drives. I thought Arch was great, overall in the pocket. He showed poise.”

Newman (1-0) will play at Country Day in the renewal of a great rivalry next Friday night while the Terriers will play at Breaux Bridge.

“Country Day is a really solid program,” Stewart said. “Guy Lecompte is a great offensive mind. We know they can score points. We’re playing under the lights at Wenzel Field for the first time. I’ve never done that. It’s a healthy rivalry, too! I think both teams respect one another. We’ve got to stay on that accelerator and keep getting better.”

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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