LEWIS | Male and Manual's battle for the barrel has added importance
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Male-Manual rivalry dates back to the 19th century. Friday’s Old Rivalry matchup at Manual Stadium is one of the biggest games in recent memory.
“This game is for the district championship and up to three games at home (in the playoffs), so if you took out all the rivalry stuff and didn’t know that this game has been played every year since 1893, it would be a huge game anyway,” said Male head coach Chris Wolfe. His Male team is undefeated and ranked tops in the state.
“(We don’t) even talk about them being number one,” said Manual head coach Dr. Oliver Lucas, whose Crimson are 7-1 this season. “It’s Male-Manual and that alone says enough about it.”
Manual senior kicker Chris Roussell is well aware Friday is his last chance to knock off his team’s rival. Male won last year’s game 28-21, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Crimsons.
“It means everything, especially for me in my senior year. After this, I can’t say anything. (If we lose) I can’t come back next year and do anything,” said Roussell.
The winner of the annual game receives the Barrel, a coveted trophy painted half Manual red and half Male purple. Male senior quarterback Hayden Shelton reason to keep the barrel at his school goes beyond his four year tenure as a Bulldog.
“My parents graduated from Male. It would be really nice to leave the barrel at Male where it rightfully belongs,” Shelton said.
Friday marks the 133rd meeting between the two schools. Male leads the series 81-45 with six ties thrown in there over the years.
Kickoff at Manual Stadium scheduled for Friday night at 7:30pm.
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