Louisville, KY: Oct. 16, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature the “Battle for the Barrel” in the “Old Rivalry” between the nationally ranked Louisville Male Bulldogs (HSFB100 #14) and the DuPont Manual Crimsons in the Rivalry Series’ tenth weekend of games for 2015. Started in 1893, this is one of the oldest rivalry games in the country and the originating game of the Great American Rivalry Series when the inaugural Series kicked off in 2004. This year, the game will be presented by the United States Army and played on Friday, October 23 at historic Manual Stadium. The game will also be a LIVE BROADCAST on the Rivalry Series Broadcast Network.
For the 12th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top-notch rivalries across the country, covering 40 states and over 100 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans. We Know Friday NightsTM
Series founder, Rick Ford, notes, “With all the traditions of these games including bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought communities together to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a century.” A Louisville native and a former Crimson team member, Mr. Ford also notes “We are excited to participate once again in the Rivalry game that started it all by highlighting the Male vs Manual matchup.” The “Old Rivalry”, as it is known, is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to November 1893.
Manual has registered five state titles and claims two national championships (1925 and 1938, with the 1938 victory seeing the Crimsons receive the award from the National Sports News Service after defeating New Britain, CT in the national championship game held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Early on, the rivalry game with Male was traditionally played on Thanksgiving Day, drawing as many as 10,000 spectators as far back as 1909. The record attendance of 22,000 was set in 1966.
On the other side of the coin, historically, Male is the third winningest football program in the United States. The Bulldogs claim seven state championships in football. In the 2014 matchup, the Crimsons and Bulldogs fought to a 28-21 finish, with Male coming out on top and ending a Manual run of four straight victories in the Series. The all-time record is led by Male at 81-45. Male comes into the game nationally ranked and unbeaten. Manual only has one loss and the 123 year battle continues.
An in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week leading up to the game. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime of the game. The winning team on the field earns year-long bragging rights with the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Army. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the Series.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the teams and the history of the rivalries, and after the game. Fans can relive the excitement with photo galleries and game recaps.
Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry. The Rivalry can also be found on Pinterest (AmericanRivalry) and YouTube. Fan photos posted with this hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, Pinterest Page and promoted via our other social media outlets.