ESPN2 Will Air Booker T. Washington-Newman Game Featuring Arch Manning

By Jason Hall

October 6, 2020

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One of high school football's top underclassmen will be on the national stage for an upcoming matchup in New Orleans.

The game between Booker T. Washington and Isidore Newman School will air live on ESPN2 on Thursday, October 15 at 9:00 p.m. Last year, Newman defeated Booker T. Washington, 27-20.

Newman is led by quarterback Arch Manning, the son of FOX Sports host Cooper Manning, nephew of Super Bowl champions Peyton and Eli Manning and grandson of his namesake, New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer Archie Manning, who added to his national hype with a big sophomore debut last week.

Manning threw for 260 yards, five touchdowns and one interception on 13 of 15 passing, while also recording a rushing touchdown. He also had four passing touchdowns and more than 200 yards before halftime and exited the game after three quarters.

Manning quickly gained national attention as a freshman varsity starting quarterback, leading Newman to a 9-2 record and a second-round playoff appearance in Louisiana's Division III bracket, according to 247Sports. During his freshman varsity debut, Manning threw for 234 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 24 of 34 passing during a 41-15 win over Lusher in Newman's 2019 season opener.

Manning currently ranks as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback, No. 1 player from the state of Louisiana and No. 5 overall prospect for the 2023 national recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports.

Manning has already received nine scholarship offers from FBS schools including LSU and Alabama, as well as his uncle Peyton's alma mater Tennessee and Ole Miss, where his father, uncle Eli and grandfather Archie all attended.

Manning's father and uncles all played high school football at Newman as well.

Newman wide receiver AJ Johnson has also gained attention from numerous FBS programs, rating as a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports. Johnson has already received offers from Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Kansas, Miami, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Virginia.

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