The game, between two of the best clubs in Division III, was as good as advertised, maybe even better.

Arch Manning threw for 3 touchdowns, and ran for another. But a high snap on an extra point attempt in the fourth quarter was costly as St Charles Catholic defeated Newman 28-27.

Newman led 14-6 at the half. The Comets tied it without running a play from scrimmage. Phillip Tran ran the the kickoff back 88 yards to start the second half. And, the Comets, then executed a trick play perfectly, with quarterback Justin Dumas catching the two point conversion.

St Charles Catholic closed out the game, running on nine straight plays to kill more than 5 minutes off the clock.

Comets coach Frank Monica tipped his cap to the Greenies.

Manning completed 24 of 32 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

Complete game highlights coming up on Friday Night Football presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Nola 38 at 11, WGNO at midnight and on the live stream at