The Legend Grows
October 11, 2020

Arch Manning went full Madden truck stick on this poor kid

Eleven days ago, we swore we weren't going to overhype Arch Manning, son of Cooper Manning, nephew of Peyton and Eli, and grandson of Archie. He's too young, we said. It's unfair to put such high expectations on a high school sophomore, we claimed. 

That plea did not even last one paragraph. Arch accounted for six touchdowns in his sophomore debut at Isidore Newman High School, and he looked like a guy worthy of a billion scholarship offers (he has nine, including offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee and Georgia). 

The Arch hype train kept rolling this week, literally. On Saturday night, the 15-year-old showed off some serious pop in the first quarter against Metairie Park Country Day. On 1st and 10 in a 0-0 game, Manning scrambled to his right and went full Madden truck stick on some poor soul. Here's the clip: 

BOOM! That's not something you ever saw from Peyton or Eli. No, not him leaving the pocket, the lowering of the shoulder and running over someone. The kid can sling, he can run and he can deliver punishment. 

Isidore Newman failed to score on that drive, but Arch's team did strike first when the stud QB scrambled for a nine-yard touchdown at the end of the half: 

Arch accounted for three total touchdowns in a 27-7 win, including this one to junior wideout A.J. Johnson, who appears to be his favorite target: 

At what point to we start nationally televising Arch Manning games? I say no later than next week. Looking at you, CBS Sports Network. What? Is there some Louisiana Tech vs. Marshall game getting in the way? Please, we can live without that one. Give us ARCH.