Episcopal finished unbeaten in the regular season the last two years and won two straight district titles for the first time in school history.
Friday night the Knights ran into a formidable foe. The legend of junior quarterback Arch Manning will only grow after this one. He helped lead No. 5 Newman to a 37-6 victory over No. 4 Episcopal in a Division III quarterfinal football playoff game.
Manning tossed two touchdowns and rushed for another to power the Greenies into a semifinal rematch with defending state champion Lafayette Christian.
Newman (7-2) also made big defensive plays. The Greenies blocked an Episcopal field goal at the end of the first half and held EHS (9-1) to a season low in points and first downs (8).
How it was won
Newman drove 73 yards in nine plays on its opening possession. Manning started the series with a 16-yard run and ended it with a28-yard scoring toss to Will Randle.
Episcopal’s defense forced a punt four plays later. However, the Knights muffed the punt and Shalin Gala recovered at the Episcopal 39-yard line. Newman’s Kearney Nieset missed a 38-yard field goal on that series, but he hit a 31-yarder with 9:58 left in the second quarter to put Newman up 10-0.
Player of the game
Arch Manning, Newman: Manning completed 14 of 21 passes for 164 yards. He also rushed nine times for 46 yards.
Manning scored on an 8-yard run with :37 remaining in the second quarter. That capped a seven-play, 60-yard drive.
Manning added a 23-yard scoring pass to Chris Hunter with 10:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Randle completed the scoring with a 3-yard run with 8:38 remaining.
Tee Williams also had a 30-yard run that put the Greenies up 23-0 with 9:02 in the third quarter.
Will Zurik led Newman with 99 yards rushing on 17 tries. Newman had 20 first downs and just one turnover.
Williams had eight carries for 76 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards. Hunter had five catches for 70 yards. Randle had four catches for 42 yards.
Episcopal’s Thomas D’Armond scored on an 8-yard run in the third quarter. He led the Knights with 63 yards rushing on nine carries
They said it
Newman coach John Steward: “I’m so proud of the guys. We knew we had to play well in all three phases and play physical football. We earned it. We’re back to the semifinals.
Arch is great. He’s physical and able to run the football. He’s tough. He took shots when they were there. I’m blessed to coach him. He can make you right a lot as a coach.”