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PREVIEW: Manual vs. Male (KY)

October 23, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY – The annual “Old Rivalry” is here! The DuPont Manual Crimsons take on the Male Bulldogs on Friday at 7 p.m. (EST) at DuPont Manual High School. More than 12,500 fans are expected for a game that’s 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, dating all the way back to 1893. It’s the most continuously-played game west of the Appalachian Mountains with winner taking home the Barrel Trophy. Male leads the all-time series 80-44-6, but DuPont Manual has won three straight, including 24-14 last season.

Both teams have rebounded from disappointing 2012 campaigns, upping their win totals and reaching top-10 rankings in the state. The Crimsons, coached by Oliver Lucas, won their first six games before two straight losses, including 24-23 to St. Xavier in their last game. Senior quarterback Mason Motley (1,491 yards and 13 TDs) and junior back Michael Nero (1,166 yards and 12 TDs) lead the charge for the 10th-ranked team.

On the other side, the Bulldogs are 8-0 and sitting at No. 1 in the state. They beat Trinity 24-14 for the first time in 13 years in their last game. They are coached by Chris Wolfe.

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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.