September 1, 2006

Video: Nichol puts big hurt on Big Reds

LOWELL - Michigan State commitment Keith Nichol turned in one of the best all-around performances of his Lowell career Thursday night in a 45-7 blowout of a talented Lansing Sexton team.

After dominating Grandville with read-option runs in week one, Nichol dismantled Sexton with a precision passing game. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Elite 11 gunslinger established a rapport with go-to senior receiver Mike McElroy and never looked back.

After spinning out of a tackle and scoring on a 14-yard run on Lowell's first possession, Nichol found McElroy with three touchdown passes over the Red Arrows' first five possessions.

"We just took what the defense gave us," Nichol said. "Mike and I were on a wavelength and it was fun."

McElroy and Nichol have been a deadly pass-catch tandem through the first two weeks of prep football. McElroy had more than 200 yards receiving in the season opener against Grandville. The talented senior hit the century mark against Sexton.

Nichol, who played sparingly in the second half for the second consecutive week, finished with five touchdowns. All five scores came in the opening half.

McElroy was the go-to guy on most of Nichol's touchdown passes. But Michigan State's lone Rivals100 commitment did spread the ball around nicely.

"It is always nice to get a lot of guys involved," said Nichol. "Tonight, I got the ball to at least six different receivers. I wanted to get a lot of guys involved."

Nichol knows that people in the greater Lansing area pay closer attention to how he performs against local prep teams, but Nichol says who is watching what he does on the football field has never been a factor in how he plays the game.

"I try not to think about (who is watching)," Nichol said. "I know a lot of people will be watching regardless of who I play against. I just try and play as hard as I can and do what the other team allows me to do. I don't feel like I am anything special. I just do what the team allows me to do."

Thursday night, Sexton allowed Nichol to emerge as a potential star on an already rock-solid defense. The future Spartan also recorded the first two interceptions of his varsity career in just his second week as a defensive starter for Lowell.

"Those were my first two interceptions playing cornerback, "Nichol said. "It was all a blur, but it was fun."

Nichol added four tackles to his two picks.

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