The Manual Crimsons came into this game as winners of the past two meetings against their crosstown foe, the Male Bulldogs.
Travis Carroll is a letterman for Manual and carries a 3.99 GPA. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball in various leagues. Travis plans to attend Centre College where he will pursue a medical degree. He is the son of Tina and Kurt Carroll.
Grant Donovan is a four-year varsity letterman for the Male Bulldogs. He maintains a 3.8 Grade Point Average, which ranks him in the top 5 percent of his class. Grant is an active member of the school newspaper and FCA. He is the son of Stephanie and Cary Donovan and plans to attend the University of Kentucky.
The game-long rain turned the field into a muddy playground and the results were sloppy. Manual and Male combined for an unheard of 12 fumbles, 6 of which resulted in turnovers. At the end of the game the Bulldogs were too much for the Crimsons as they snapped a 2-game losing streak in the "Old Rivalry" and took home the 2009 Great American Rivalry Series Trophy.
Manual would strike first when Dar'Montre Warr went 80 yards despite the mud on the opening possession. Male's Ronjae Morris followed Warr's lead and tied the score at 7 with a 48-yard TD run of his own.
During halftime the bands performed as students made their way under the bleachers to escape the rain. The lines grew long as both Crimsons and Bulldogs took part in the Air Force Challenge for a chance to win a Flip Video.
The second half seemed to be a repeat of the first. Both teams continued to struggle on the ground turning the ball over repeatedly. The muddy conditions made it increasingly tough for either team to get into any kind of rhythm. Male would finally pull away when Scholar Athlete Grant Donovan recovered his own bad snap and carried it 60 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 27-14 victory over long time rival, Manual Crimsons.
Male defensive tackle Damarius Gibson stood strong all night long stopping the Crimsons time and time again when they were in scoring territory. Lt.Col Haddix presented Gibson with the much deserved MVP medal and trophy following the game.
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