Benton Football Takes On Nation’s Top Recruit In New Orleans
The Benton High School football team will get a big test this week, and some national attention to go along with it. That's what happens when you take on the #1 college football recruit in the nation. Especially when that recruit happens to be a member of a Hall of Fame quarterback dynasty family.
The Benton Tigers will travel to New Orleans to play Isidore Newman, and their quarterback Arch Manning.
Manning as in THAT Manning family. He's the grandson of New Orleans Saints legend, and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Archie Manning. His father Cooper was committed to play football at Ole Miss, before spinal injury concerns forced him to end his football career. His uncles are Super Bowl Champions Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
With that lineage, there was always pressure on Arch, which he's lived up to. The senior quarterback's play on the field earned him the #1 overall college football recruiting ranking from multiple organizations. He was recruited by almost every major college football program in the nation. Including offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, and his grandfather & uncle's alma matter, Ole Miss. Over all of those schools, he picked Texas.
But before NCAA defenses have to deal with the next Manning, it's Benton's turn.
The Benton Tigers are 1-1 this season, coming off a 46-35 loss against Texas High. The Tigers had their backup quarterback in against Texas High, where junior QB Jeffrey King threw for 297 yards and 2 touchdowns. They will be on the road for this one, with kickoff set for 7pm at Michael Lupin Field in New Orleans Friday night.
No matter what the results of the game will be, this could be a big night for Benton. Not only will they be tested against one of the best teams in the state, they will be facing the best player in the state. It could also be a night of memories for the players on the Benton squad.
Imagine if Arch followed in the successful footsteps of his grandfather and uncles. As he's lifting a Lombardi Trophy one day, a Benton alumni could be telling their kids about the night they beat Arch Manning in New Orleans.