August 26, 2006

Video: Nichol brings 'A' game to opener

LOWELL - When West Michigan prep football powerhouses Lowell and Grandville started playing each other in the season opener four years ago many imagined the series would create nail-biting drama throughout and gut wrenching down-to-the-last-possession finishes.

But Lowell's 42-13 running-clock victory over the defending O-K Red co-champions Friday night was the latest in a one-sided rivalry that has been dominated by Michigan State commitment Keith Nichol and his Red Arrow teammates.

"You don't anticipate something like this coming into an opening game," Lowell coach Noel Dean said. "You prepare for nine months and you come out and play and you hope your kids are prepared and you hope your kids play with great enthusiasm and intensity.

"We have a great team. We hear a lot about Keith and he is a great player and his exploits speak for themselves, but he has a lot of nice players around him."

Lowell has outscored Grandville 121-26 during Nichol's three years as starting quarterback.

The future Spartan has played some of his best games against Grandville. Nichol elevated his game to new heights on Friday.

The Red Arrow gunslinger was 10 of 15 through the air for 269 yards passing with one touchdown. He added 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

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