By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Matt Nicholson (Warren County '13) is having a strong freshman season for Virginia Military Institute's football team.
Last week Nicholson was named the Big South Freshman of the Week. Nicholson had five receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns in a double-overtime 37-31 loss to Robert Morris on Sept. 28.
His first touchdown tied the game in the first quarter. His second touchdown was a big one, as it was the game-tying Hail Mary 39-yard reception that forced overtime.
For the season, Nicholson has 10 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns. His 15.7 yards per catch leads the team. He is also second on the team with 12 points scored. He also has one solo tackle for VMI (1-4).
Nicholson also had four receptions for 52 yards in a 37-24 loss to North Greenville on Sept. 14.
The Keydets had a bye last weekend, and will host Charleston Southern this Saturday.
TOP HONORS: Iowa State cross country runner Crystal Nelson (Millbrook '12) picked up her first Female Big 12 Runner of the Week honor last week.
The sophomore finished third in the Roy Griak Invitational in 20:50. It was her season debut. She finished the 6K race only behind Arizona State's Shelby Houlihan and Arizona's Elvin Kibet, both of whom are expected to be All-American candidates.
No. 5 ranked Arizona won the meet.
Nelson led the Cyclones to a fifth-place team finish. The Cyclones are ranked 25th nationally, and finished ahead of No. 20 Vanderbilt and No. 21 N.C. State in the event.
The Cyclones are back in action on Oct. 19 in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison Wis.
VERSATILE BACK: Marty Haley (Warren County '10) has proven to be very versatile this season for Ferrum College.
The senior running back has rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries on the ground. He also has 11 receptions for 216 yards, second on the team in both receptions and yards.
Haley had four carries for 20 yards, and three receptions for 74 yards on Sept. 28 in Ferrum's 56-35 loss to Huntingdon College. Haley was fourth on the team in all-purpose yards.
This past weekend, Haley had three receptions for a team-high 67 yards in Ferrum's 31-21 win over Greensboro.
For the season, Haley is sixth on the team in all-purpose yards with 251, 50.2 per game. The Panthers (1-4) play at Averett University on Oct. 19.
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