LOUISVILLE, KY — Back-to-back heartbreaking losses didn’t stop DuPont Manual from picking up its biggest win of the season.
After consecutive close defeats to powers Trinity and St. Xavier, the DuPont Manual Crimsons rallied for a 32-29 win, handing the No. 1-ranked Male Bulldogs their first loss of the season on Friday night at Manual Stadium. Close to 13,000 fans attended the annual “Old Rivalry,” which was part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Army and Hibbett Sports.
The rivalry is one of the oldest in the country with the first game taking place in 1893. DuPont Manual won the Barrel Trophy for the fourth straight time. Male, however, leads the all-time series 80-45-6.
Michael Nero ran for 233 yards and three TDs to be named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player. His 87-yard TD run in the third quarter gave the Crimsons the lead for good. Mason Motley hit Matt Cissell for 7 yards to push the lead to 32-21.
Davis Mattingly threw for 218 yards and three TDs for the Bulldogs, who led 14-0 and 21-19 at halftime. Ellis Cain ran for 111 yards and and two scores, including a 2-yard run that made it a one-possession game.
Male went for it on fourth down late instead of attempting a short field goal. Mattingly’s pass was incomplete.
DuPont Manual (7-2) travels to Eastern next Friday night, while Male (8-1) hosts Christian Academy the same night.
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