by Wes Caldwell
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Louisville KY for the annual “bucket game” between Dupont Manual and Louisville Male, the longest and oldest rivarly in the state of Kentucky. The teams fight for the right of the coveted barrel, which is given to the winner of this annual game.
The first quarter started out with a 40-yard kick-off return, which put Male in good field position for their opening drive. Male had a pair of first down catches by Nathan Case, but ultimately ended up punting back to Manual. Manual converted a crucial first down but fumbled the ball with Male recovering in prime field position, leading to a 29-yard field goal miss to end the first quarter.
The second quarter started out with a 50-yard kick-off return for Male, which set them up in prime field position once again—but once again the turnover bug struck with a fumbled pitch recovered by Manual on the 20-yard line.
But Manual fans didn’t have time to celebrate as they turned it over a few plays later with another fumble. Male took the ball on a 35-yard march ending with a rushing touchdown by Ronjay Morris. Manual countered with a rushing touchdown and a last second field goal
to take the lead 10-7 at half-time.
The third quarter started out with a 75-yard kickoff return by Romines of Manual. After that, it was a third quarter for the ages with both teams trading off touchdowns. First, for Male, a 35-yard touchdown pass from Lorentez Barbour to Blake Oiler. But Manual countered with a 56-yard rushing tocuhdown from Romines. At the end of the quarter, the score was Manual 23-Male 14.
The fourth quarter was all Manual, and its star player number 18 Dishion Romine, who broke for multiple runs of 30-plus yards each. And after a hard fought battle, the Manual Rams sealed the deal at 23-14 with Romine named the game MVP.
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- Manual vs. Male – 2011