All eyes were on a different McDonald Andrew McDonald Saturday night.
The former Man High School standout trampled over the Kentucky defense with ease as the Hatfield's reeked havoc on the McCoy's, 32-19, in the 11th annual Massey Energy Bowl at Matewan's Tiger Stadium.
“He (McDonald) made it look so easy,” West Virginia coach Melvin Cunningham said. “Throughout the week, several former coaches in this game told me how to do the little things to win this game.”
McDonald was huge. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound stud rushed for 187 yards on 10 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 45, 42 and 39 yards, respectively. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
“This was a wonderful way to finish my high school career,” McDonald said. “I never thought it would have finished this way.”
Rushing for over 2,200 yards and 25 touchdowns last season, McDonald landed the Hillbillies into the Class A playoffs. In doing that, McDonald earned first-team all-state honors and will play at Glenville State this fall.
West Virginia, which won for the third straight time to take a 6-5 series lead, jumped ahead 24-0 in the second quarter on McDonald's 39-yard scamper with 6:30 left.
Belfry's Matt Maynard reeled in a 7-yard pass from his former teammate Jordan Phillips to put the Kentucky squad on the scoreboard at 24-7 before the half.
Kentucky got to within 11 at 24-13 in the third quarter when Maynard hauled in a 13-yard pass from Prestonsburg's David Shafer at the 6:49 mark.
“I thought we may have stayed with the running game too much,” Kentucky coach Butch Joplin said. “Once we went to spreading the ball out, I thought we experienced some success... We just ran out of time.”
Some 49 seconds later, McDonald struck again this time from 45 yards out and Scott quarterback Nick Mullins tacked on the PAT run to put West Virginia ahead 32-13.
Mullins, who plans to attend West Virginia State in the fall, completed 5-of-7 passes, including a 4-yard TD to Logan's C.B. Green in the first quarter. Chapmanville's Lonnie Barry completed 3-of-9 passing attempts.
Logan's Joey Carter led all receivers with 21 yards on four grabs.
West Virginia placed an emphasis on Kentucky's backfield, allowing Johnson Central's Ron Blume to rush for only 25 yards on eight carries.
Blume, a first-team all-stater who rushed for over 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, did pull in three receptions for 118 yards. Maynard had 108 yards on four grabs.
The game was stopped with 2:55 left in regulation after Shafer and Logan's Anthony Perrin was ejected.
Logan's Cornelius Godfrey was named the West Virginia defensive MVP. He finished with two interceptions. Williamson's Mike Jones, who rushed for 47 yards on five carries, also added a pick.
Shafer and East Ridge's Steve Thacker were tabbed Kentucky's top players.
Kentucky mustered 321 yards of total offense to West Virginia's 407.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Kentucky.....0 7 6 619
West Virginia....12 12 8 0 32
West Virginia - Andrew McDonald, 42-yard run (kick failed), 10:16.
West Virginia - Anthony Perrin, 2-yard run (kick failed), 4:01.
Wet Virginia C.B. Green, 4-yard pass from Nick Mullins (kick failed), 9:04.
West Virginia - Andrew McDonald, 39-yard run (run failed), 6:30.
Kentucky - Matt Maynard, 7-yard pass from Jordan Phillips (Jeff Collett kick), 4:12.
Kentucky - Matt Maynard, 17-yard pass from David Shafer (pass failed), 6:49.
West Virginia Andrew McDonald, 45-yard run (Nick Mullins run), 6:00.
Kentucky - Matt Maynard, 72-yard pass from David Shafer (run failed), 6:42.
Kentucky MVPs - David Shafer, Prestonsburg; and Steve Thacker, East Ridge
West Virginia MVPs - Andrew McDonald, Man; and Cornelius Godfrey, Logan
Scholarship Winners - Kevin Maynard, Burch; and Justin Gooslin, Belfry
Queen Winner - Anitra Kelly, Logan.