High school football coaches like to say that when you get to the quarterfinals, only good teams are left playing. That’s certainly the case in the Division III playoffs as the 9-and-1 Dunham Tigers visit the 9-and-1 Isidore Newman Greenies in a quarterfinal matchup.
The two teams will square off Friday at 7 PM in New Orleans on GameTime, airing live on YurView Louisiana and streaming at YurView.com.
Newman has been a great story to follow because of a freshman quarterback who has a famous grandfather and a famous pair of uncles. Arch Manning is the grandson of former Ole Miss and Saints quarterback Archie Manning and a nephew to Super Bowl winning QBs Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Arch’s dad is Cooper Manning, who was a promising wide receiver before a neck injury at Ole Miss ended his career.
Great pic from today’s #LSU 7v7 camp. Archie Manning, @CoachJoeBrady and Cooper Manning watching 2023 QB Arch Manning. pic.twitter.com/0rodaLHbqd
— Mike Scarborough (@ScarboroughMike) June 15, 2019
Archie has already said that Arch is further ahead in his development than Peyton and Eli, when they were freshman.
The numbers back up Archie’s assessment. Arch has thrown for 2,337 yards and 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. His favorite receiver is Jarmone Sutherland. The two have hooked up 19 times on touchdown passing plays.
Sutherland owns nearly every receiving record at Newman High School. Remember, this is the same high school that’s produced NFL star Odell Beckham, Jr. Sutherland was also named Homecoming King and has received interest from Ivy League Schools and Tulane.
Newman’s defense is also very strong and led by University of Virginia commitment Brandon Williams, who is the school’s all-time sacks leader. This season Williams has 12.5 sacks.
Dunham knows what it’s like to have a superstar player. For the past four seasons, the Tigers star player was Derek Stingley Jr, who now starts at cornerback for number one ranked LSU.
Stingley dominated on the football field, especially his last two seasons at Dunham and was named the Louisiana Farm Bureau’s Mr. Football for Louisiana for 2018. He was rated as the nation’s number one prospect.
What @JrStingley doing this year as a true freshman is nothing new‼️ https://t.co/Ke3fYlQk5b
— Jeremiah Jakee’ Gray (@G_PaidInFull08) November 1, 2019
So, the thought was for Dunham to be an average team in 2019. But Tigers Coach Neil Weiner says his guys refused to believe the talk outside of their school.
Dunham went on to win their third straight district championship this season as the Tigers got contributions from several standout players.
Running back Kalante Wilson has rushed for 923 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. Quarterback Anthony Safford, a transfer from Indiana, runs the offense and has thrown for 677 yards and seven touchdowns.
Very blessed to receive an offer from Millsaps! @CoachCoryYork @CoachBHayes pic.twitter.com/mjEUDUVnZK
— Anthony Safford jr. (@saffordanthony) November 15, 2019
One of his favorite targets is Rhett Guidry, who has six touchdown passes. Guidry also gets after opposing quarterbacks as Weiner says he’s been the MVP of the Dunham defense. Guidry, the son of former LSU quarterback Mickey Guidry, is constantly in the back field.
Louisiana High School Diamond in the Rough: TE Rhett Guidry https://t.co/nGtzLDmUsE via @lsureport
— Eye on the Tigers #JoeForHeisman #TigerBait #LSU (@iam4lsu2) November 14, 2019
At linebacker, Cobin Leindecker is a five-year starter. Cornerback Cruz Bridges has replaced Stingley as the big playmaker in the defensive secondary.
These two schools met in the playoffs in 2016 and Newman as a 12-seed upset 5th seeded Dunham 42-41.
Anticipate another close Friday and expect a couple of famous uncles streaming the game at yurview.com.