On Campus: Duo leading way for Shepherd football
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Shepherd University’s football team is having another stellar season, and two locals are doing their part for the Rams.
Dalton Boyd (Sherando ’11) leads the team with three receiving touchdowns. The junior wide receiver has nine receptions, tied for fourth on the team, for 199 yards. His 22.1 yards per catch is the best on the team.
David Carter (Handley ’11) has a team-best three interceptions. The senior defensive back has 11 tackles on the season, which is eighth on the team.
The Rams are 6-0, 3-0 in the Mountain East Conference and are currently ranked eighth in the America Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll.
Shepherd beat Virginia-Wise, 51-0 last Saturday. Carter had an interception and one tackle. Virginia-Wise’s Zack Blair (Skyline ’13) had 11 tackles in the game, 3.5 tackles for a loss. Trenton Davis (Strasburg ’14) had one tackle for the Cavaliers.
In a 24-15 win over the University of Charleston (West Virginia), Boyd had two catches for 38 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jeff Ziemba in the third quarter, which gave the Rams the lead for good. Carter also had five tackles and an interception in the victory.
RAMS TO CAVALIERS: Three former Strasburg runners are now making their mark at U.Va.-Wise. Anthony Wallis (Strasburg ’13) his brother Timothy (Strasburg ’14) and Sarah Elbon (Strasburg ’13) have all made an impact for the Cavaliers this season.
The Cavaliers finished seventh overall and second among Division II teams in the Hagan Stone Classic men’s race on Oct. 4 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Anthony Wallis finished 24th overall, seventh among D-II runners and third for the Cavaliers with a time of 27:24. Timothy Wallis finished 73rd overall, and 24th of the D-II runners in 29:36, and was fourth for the Cavaliers.
Elbon was 67th in the women’s meet, and seventh among D-II runners, with a time of 22:02.9. The women finished second among D-II schools.
On Sept. 27, Anthony Wallis placed third in the Golden Eagle Invitational held at the University of Charleston (West Virginia). His time was 20:02.5. Timothy Wallis placed 10th in a time of 21:42.3. The Cavaliers won the five-team men’s meet with 31 points. Elbon led the Cavaliers with a fifth-place finish in the women’s meet with a time of 26:25.6. The Cavaliers placed second as a team in the women’s meet with 48 points, while Charleston won the meet with 21 points.
KEY KEYDET: Matt Nicholson (Warren County ’13) is having another solid year for Virginia Military Institute’s football team this season.
Nicholson is fifth on the team with 16 receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown.
Nicholson’s best game came against Mercer on Sept. 27 in a 27-24 loss. Nicholson caught four passes for a season-best 50 yards.
His only touchdown of the season came in the season-opener, a 42-38 loss to Bucknell. Nicholson caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Al Cobb.
The Keydets are currently 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the Southern Conference. They host Gardner-Webb this Saturday.
Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or firstname.lastname@example.org