'Unbelievable' Beaumont

Playing in front of more than 8,500 in attendance and on an very muddy surface, Louisville Male's Doug Beaumont put on a performance against the state's second-ranked team the proves he's worthy of the title 'Mr. Football'.

Playing for the state's top-ranked team and facing the state's number two team, Louisville Male's Doug Beaumont did what every Bulldog fan in the crowd of over 8,500 at Manual Stadium was hoping for on Friday night. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound all-purpose athlete had a big game against rival and second-ranked St. Xavier.

On what should be described as a very sloppy surface - a soccer double-header was played on the already muddy field the night before - Beaumont helped set the momentum early with a 50-yard kick off return.

"I knew that I would have to step up and that I'd have to help my team do whatever needed to get it done," said Beaumont following the Bulldogs 28-27 overtime win. "I stay on the field all the time basically. I knew that I had to step up my play tonight and do what I can."

Following his game-opening kick return to the St.X 41-yard line, Beaumont accounted for 5 plays and 28 yards on the 6 play scoring drive, including a 3-yard touchdown run. The University of Louisville verbal pledge totaled more than 140 all-purpose yards and scored each of Male's four touchdowns.

Beaumont had a 'Mr. Football' type
performance on Friday night
"I've been working hard for this and to go out as a senior with this kind of win is a great feeling," said Beaumont, who was tossed a towel from a fan following the game that read, '#25 Mr. Football'.

In addition to his stellar offensive performance, Beaumont's play on the defensive side of the ball throughout the game was just as impressive and crucial in the Bulldogs win.

"I had to come out here and make stops tonight," said Beaumont, who shadowed St.X All-State running back Victor Anderson for the entire game. "I needed to help out so they couldn't get any long runs."

The Scout.com four-star prospect totaled at least five tackles and two pass break ups in the win.

"He played excellent," said Male head coach Bob Redman. "I think Doug was on a mission and I think he proved what he is made of. He's a class act. He's a great football player and he's an even better person. He has a big heart and guys like that find ways to win for you."

Trailing 27-21 in overtime, Redman turned to his star one last time and once again he responded. Following a 5-yard run, Beaumont hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass that set up the game winning extra point conversion.

"We made that up on the sideline," Redman said of the game-tying touchdown. "That wasn't his normal spot. He made that play. It was a great grab and then he toed the line to get into the end zone."

Bulldog junior linebacker Dexter Heyman, one of the state's top prospects in the class of 2008, had plenty of praise for Beaumont following the thrilling win.

"Doug is unbelievable," said Heyman. "He's the best athlete, the best player and the most complete person I've ever been around. I'm privileged and feel proud to be on the team with him and to be able to be around him."

Beaumont has now rushed for more than 840 yards and 19 touchdowns, while also totaling an additional 280 yards and three touchdowns receiving for the 8-0 Bulldogs.

Male will close out it's regular season next Friday when they host long-time rival DuPont Manual.

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