Davis High QBs take a bite out of Manning camp

jcortez@modbee.comJune 29, 2013 

Zach Magaña, left, and Noah Magaña, right, work with NFL quarterback Peyton Manning at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., in July of 2012

SERGIO MAGANÑA

Zach and Noah Magaña are dedicated to becoming better quarterbacks.

How dedicated?

Dedicated enough to sell 300 boxes of candy bars — 60 per box — to raise money to attend the prestigious Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

"We had it down to a science," says Zach, 17, who will be a junior at Davis High this fall. "We could tell who was going to buy candy and who wasn't."

And they heard every excuse in the book.

"Usually it was, 'I only have my credit card," said 15-year-old Noah, who will be a freshman at Davis and will play on the junior varsity.

Last year, Zach and Noah, along with little brother Joshua, 10, managed to sell 116 boxes in just 11 days to send the two older boys to the Manning camp, conducted by NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, and their father, former professional QB Archie Manning.

This year, the brothers enlisted the help of little sister Hosanna, 9, — there are eight Manaña children in all — and were able to sell some 18,000 candy bars. At a buck a bar, they grossed $18,000 and netted about half that amount.

They had such a good time at last year's camp, they were willing to do just about anything to go back.

Even if that meant selling more chocolate.

"The Mannings are very involved in the camp," said Noah, explaining why they like the MPA. "You can go right up and ask them questions if you want."

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