R/W Week 2018: Male Bulldogs shut down the Crimsons

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R/W Week 2018: Male Bulldogs shut down the Crimsons

As students arrive at Male's stadium, upperclassmen get the crowd excited for the game. They brought everyone together by singing

As students arrive at Male's stadium, upperclassmen get the crowd excited for the game. They brought everyone together by singing "Happy Birthday." Photo by Emma "EP " Presnell.

As students arrive at Male's stadium, upperclassmen get the crowd excited for the game. They brought everyone together by singing "Happy Birthday." Photo by Emma "EP " Presnell.

As students arrive at Male's stadium, upperclassmen get the crowd excited for the game. They brought everyone together by singing "Happy Birthday." Photo by Emma "EP " Presnell.

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The Male Bulldogs defeated the Manual Crimsons last night in the Old Rivalry game with a score of 48-0 due to a strong Male defense and a weak Manual offense, most likely due to Manual’s many injuries incurred earlier in the season combined with the wet field conditions.

First quarter

Manual kicked the ball off to Male to begin the game. The Bulldogs came out fighting from the beginning, getting the ball to their own 43-yard line on the kickoff and then getting the ball to the Crimson 27-yard line with just one pass.

Male’s Garrett Dennis (#7, 12) had a strong night, including several successful passes and touchdowns. Dennis was able to score a rushing touchdown on the same drive, however, Male attempted a two-point conversion that was unsuccessful. The score was 6-0.

The Crimsons received the ball from Male and were making significant, albeit slow, process down the field. Manual’s quarterback attempted to throw the ball to the running back but instead fumbled the ball, allowing Male to recover it and regain possession.

“We’re just really young and really beat up and they’re filled with a bunch of juniors and seniors,” Manual head coach Scott Carmony said.

Dennis threw the ball 65 yards to put it at Manual’s goal line where he again rushed for a touchdown to make the score 13-0 after a successful kick.

Male’s defense forced Manual, upon receiving the ball again, to punt the ball on fourth down. This was a recurring theme throughout the game.

“We needed to score right away with the rain coming because I didn’t want to rely on scoring if it was pouring rain,” Male head coach Chris Wolfe said. “Garrett found the open guys and made some really tough plays for us.”

Second quarter

Male began the second quarter inside the Crimson’s 20-yard line, eventually allowing Dennis to pass to wide receiver Geremiah Edison (#4, 12) for a touchdown, making the score 20-0 after a successful kick.

Manual and Male exchanged punts for a period of time during the second half until Manual decided to try a run play on fourth down rather than punting it. This resulted in a turnover on downs and gave Male possession of the ball.

Dennis passed 27 yards to Caniel Isom (#3, 12) for a touchdown. The score was 27-0.

“We just didn’t play Manual football tonight,” running back Ramont Townsend (#26, 10) said.

Third quarter

Male kicked off to Manual after halftime but the Crimsons didn’t seem to take advantage of the opportunity. Not only were they forced to punt the ball to Male, but they botched the punt, giving Male possession of the ball just 28 yards away from the end zone.

Eventually, Quantrell Wright (#5, 11) carried the ball 17 yards for a Male touchdown, making the score 34-0.

Once again, Male kicked off to Manual and on fourth down, Manual gave it back to the Bulldogs with a punt.

Dennis passed 26 yards to Michael Warner Jr. (#10, 12) for a touchdown which made the score 41-0. Since Male reached the 36-point threshold, the game clock never stopped running per Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) regulations.

“We put our all on the field. That’s all I can really say because it’s two good teams playing each other, and you know, the best team won,” running back DeAaron Robinson (#20, 11) said.

Fourth Quater

Manual and Male both exchanged possession at the beginning of the fourth quarter, eventually allowing Male’s Devon Stratton (#49, 10) to rush for a touchdown, making the score 48-0.

“We would’ve had to execute everything perfectly and we didn’t do that. They just beat us on this one,” center Landon Miller (#61, 10) said.

Male kicked off to Manual but Manual didn’t go very far with the ball and decided to let the clock expire rather than attempt a final play.

Manual’s final game of the regular season will be next week at Manual Stadium against Eastern at 7:30 p.m. Their first playoff game will be the following week against North Hardin.