By Kyle Hawks
Mingo Central High School
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia All-Stars dominated the Kentucky All-Stars, 32-7, in the 18th annual Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl on Aug. 3. West Virginia won for the second straight year and the ninth time in the past 10 years, improving its record to 12-6.
The Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl has been played in West Virginia every year since it began in 1995. It moved to Mingo Central from Matewan High School after the consolidation of Gilbert, Matewan, Burch and Williamson high schools in 2011.
The West Virginia and Kentucky team coaches pick from players who graduated in May. They usually choose the top players from nearby schools, but they've expanded over the past few years. This year, the West Virginia team had players from Capital, South Charleston and George Washington high schools. The Kentucky team expanded to Louisville and Breathitt County.
The West Virginia All-Stars had a total of 343 yards in the game. The Kentucky All-Stars had 104. West Virginia capitalized on Kentucky's four turnovers.
The West Virginia Offensive MVP was Wayne High School's running back Brandon Spurlock, who rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries. Spurlock also had two touchdowns.
The John Fry Award went to the best offensive lineman -- Anthony Bryant of Wayne High School. West Virginia's Defensive MVP was Gage Gould from Cabell Midland High School.