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Male comes to Marshall Stadium as the heavy favorite to knock off the Rocks. The Bulldogs are ranked higher by BluegrassPreps.com (Male is #1 and Trinity is #4), have a better rating in MaxPreps, Litkenhous, & Cantrall and more votes in the AP this week. The Bulldogs’ Davis Mattingly is the best performing QB in Jefferson County this year. Mattingly has thrown for nearly 1400 yards and 22 touchdowns while completing 100 of 162 attempts. Mattingly has thrown four interceptions. Male has the most highly touted receiver in Keion Wakefield. Wakefield has 24 receptions for 406 yards and 8 touchdowns. Ellis Cain is a high octane running back who has combined with Devin Gentry for more than 800 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns.

Male is crushing their opponents by an average of 42 to 8. Their closest contests were 17-0 over Meade County and last week’s 30-13 victory versus St. Xavier. The Bulldogs defense has allowed just over 800 yards of offense in their 7 contests. Despite the loss of their number one defensive stalwart, Marcus Davis, Male is playing suffocating defense. The defensive end is out for the season with an injured knee after appearing in only two games.

When you review the prolific offensive statistics and take into consideration the loss of three Trinity starting defensive backs, one can only surmise a Bulldogs romp this Friday evening. Fortunately, these games aren’t played on paper. Coach Beatty stated he has been looking forward to this game since last year. If he can convey a sense of urgency to his staff and players, then Trinity has the ability to make it a competitive contest.