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    The Male High School football team’s domination continued, but it was the Bulldogs’ Old Rivalry rival that posted the most impressive win last week.

    In its first game without star running back Michael Nero, Manual mauled Pleasure Ridge Park 43-0 last Friday night. The Crimsons pummeled the Panthers behind four touchdown passes from quarterback Timothy Comstock and another outstanding effort from their defense. 

    Manual is this week’s biggest mover in the’s Jefferson County Power Rankings, jumping up three spots from seven to four while Male remains No. 1.

    Here’s a quick look at our Top 10: 

    1. Male (4-0) - The Bulldogs, who are led by quarterback Davis Mattingly (819 passing yards and 14 TD passes), lambasted Jeffersontown last week, 49-12. Male has a bye this week before facing its toughest test to date next Friday against Ballard. Last week’s ranking: 1. 

    2. St. Xavier (3-1) - The Tigers bounced back from their loss at Bowling Green in a big way with a 41-12 win over Fairdale last week. They face another formidable foe Friday night, when they host Cincinnati Moeller. Last week: 2.

    3. Trinity (2-2) - The Shamrocks outlasted Colerain 36-27 last Friday night in Ohio. They'll try to keep that momentum going at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, when they host Cocoa (Fla.), a team that's ranked in the top 100 nationally. Last week: 3.

    4. Manual (3-0) - The Crimsons - who have the top scoring defense in the state so far (giving up just 4.7 points per game) - proved they could play without Nero last week, in a big way. They’ll try to show they can do it again Friday night, when they play at Ballard (3-1). Last week: 7.

    5. DeSales (4-0) - The 2-A Colts clobbered district foe Washington County 47-10 last Friday night. DeSales, which has outscored its first four foes by a combined score of 145-28, will face fellow 4-0 Shawnee on the road Friday night. Last week: 4.

    6. Christian Academy of Louisville (4-0) - The 2-A Centurions, finally playing someone in their own class, tore up Thomas Nelson, 42-0, last Friday night. They get Washington County (0-3) on Friday night in what will likely be another blowout. Last week: 6.

    7. Central (2-2) - The 3-A Yellowjackets dominated 4-A Doss 35-8 last Friday night for their second straight win. They’ll try to keep things going Friday night, when they host 4-A Western (0-3). Last week: 9.

    8. Fern Creek (1-1) - The 6-A Tigers, who lost their season-opener at Manual on Aug. 29, topped Seneca 30-20 last Friday night after a bye week. They’ll play their third straight road game Friday night at 4-A Moore (2-2). Last week: unranked.

    9. Pleasure Ridge Park (2-2) - The Panthers got pounded, in surprising fashion, 43-0 at Manual last week. They’ll try to get back on track Friday night at John Hardin (0-4) in the third of five straight road games for PRP. Last week: 5.

    10. Shawnee (4-0) - The Golden Eagles are off to the best start in program history after last Friday’s 46-8 flogging of Fort Knox. They’ll get their big test Friday night, though, when they host reigning 2-A state champ, and fifth-ranked, DeSales. Last week: unranked.

    Dropped out of rankings: Seneca, Iroquois.

    Photo courtesy Louisville Male Bulldogs Football Facebook Page

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