Game preview | Male (7-0) at Trinity (5-3)

Game preview | Male (7-0) at Trinity (5-3)

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Game preview | Male (7-0) at Trinity (5-3)

Shamrocks have won 38 straight home games vs. JCPS schools

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Shamrocks have won 38 straight home games vs. JCPS schools

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs — No. 1 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings — rolled past St. Xavier 30-13 last week as Davis Mattingly completed 25 of 36 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was solid once again, allowing just 124 total yards and forcing four turnovers. Male hasn’t won at Trinity since 1995, a 35-7 victory.

The No. 5 Shamrocks managed just 173 yards of offense in the slop but got a strong performance from their defense in a 14-3 victory at Manual last week. Ryan Young passed for 75 yards and a touchdown, and Jailen Reed rushed for a team-high 45 yards. Coach Bob Beatty said the secondary could get a boost with the return of senior safety Alex Reisert, who has missed the past five games with a foot injury.

Quotable: “There are a lot more mental hurdles to get over to make sure it all fits on defense and you prevent the big plays,” Male coach Chris Wolfe said of Trinity’s offense. “I’ve been racking my brain to make sure we adjust to the 200 formations and different looks we’ll see from Trinity. It’s a real challenge.”

The pick: Male 28-14.

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