RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Ridgeland quarterback Zy McDonald starting off the year with a bang. Over 400 yards passing, and driving the Titans in the final two minutes for the game-winning score in a win over Velma Jackson.
"We needed to score, really bad," says McDonald. "I really wanted to beat Velma Jackson since they beat us last year. So I just really wanted to score that touchdown."
"(We) have all the confidence in the world in that young man," says Ridgeland head coach Ryan Earnest. "He's proven himself as somebody we can count on and do the right things, especially when the chips are down. So when we got the ball with two minutes left, there was no doubt what we were going to be able to do. That's put the ball in his hands, and give an opportunity for us to win the football game."
McDonald, now just weeks into his sophomore season, already stands tall among his Titan teammates.
"I think he's somebody they all look up to," says Earnest. He does things the right way and those are the kind of people you want to look up to, regardless of the age."
Maybe McDonald gets it from his uncle: the legendary Deuce McAllister.
"For me to him, the advice is always know that your teammates are part of the equation of your success," says McAllister. "But then, just be a student of the game."
McDonald grew up spending his Sundays in the Superdome and admits, as a young child, he had no idea just how famous his uncle was.
"I went down there a lot when I was younger, went to the games," says McDonald. "I just knew he was my uncle. I didn't know nothing about him being famous for playing football and all that."
Now, it's his uncle watching his games.
"I haven't caught maybe but one or two games since he's been playing just because of the other obligations that I have," says McAllister. "But anytime I can pull it up, as far as his games, I try to check it out and watch him."
And whether it be good genes, hard work, or both, McDonald is creating a buzz at Ridgeland.
"The sky's the limit for him, for what he can do," says Earnest. "He's just got to continue to work, continue to stay humble. As long as he continues to do that, the sky's the limit in terms of what he can accomplish."
Keep him humble? Just leave it to Uncle Deuce.