The stage is set for an epic clash as the Male Bulldogs and the duPont Manual Crimsons gear up for the 140th meeting in their storied rivalry. Dating all the way back to 1893, this matchup holds a special place in the hearts of football fans across Kentucky. Memorial Stadium will be the battleground where these fierce competitors go head-to-head in what promises to be a thrilling contest. 

Known as “The Old Rivalry,” this game has a rich history that stretches over a century. With the series currently favoring Male at 45-89-6, the Crimsons will be hungry for redemption after falling short in their last encounter. In that game, Male emerged victorious with a hard-fought 14-6 win, leaving the Crimsons eager to even the score. 

The atmosphere is expected to be electric, with an estimated crowd size of 8,000 fans filling the stands. Emotions will run high as both teams fight tooth and nail for the coveted Barrel, a symbol of triumph that will be proudly displayed at the winner’s school. This prestigious prize adds an extra layer of intensity to an already heated rivalry. 

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series and graduate of duPont Manual, shared his excitement about this historic matchup, stating, “The Male versus duPont Manual rivalry is a true testament to the passion and tradition that high school football represents. As we celebrate the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, there couldn’t be a better way to honor the rich history and intense competition that defines this matchup.” 

With the stage set and anticipation building, the stage is set for a clash of titans. Both teams will leave no stone unturned as they prepare to etch their names into the annals of this esteemed rivalry. So mark your calendars for October 27, 2023, and get ready for an unforgettable showdown. As the saying goes, “We Know Friday Nights,” and this one promises to be nothing short of legendary. 


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