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College Notebook: Collins records first shutout at Ga. State

Kellianne Collins is only a freshman, but the Georgia State goalkeeper is a key contributor in the Lady Panthers' success this season.

Making her first career start, the former Salem standout recorded a shutout in Georgia State's 1-0 overtime victory over in-state rival Georgia Southern last Saturday in Statesboro.

"Kellianne had a great save to open up the second half. She ended with three big saves that kept us alive," Georgia State coach Domenic Martelli said of Collins' performance.

Last Sunday, Collins, who was playing in the place of injured starter Heidi Blankenship, made 10 saves in a 2-0 loss to Mercer.

SOCCER

Morgan scores in Cougars' sweep over UNG

Columbus State's Lindsey Morgan, a former Rockdale standout, recorded her first goal of the season 23 seconds into the second half to help the Cougars chalk up a 3-0 victory over North Georgia on Sept. 17.

Morgan, a midfielder, has started all 10 games for Columbus State this season. So far, she's tallied one goal and one assist.

FOOTBALL

Belcher plays key role for Wittenberg

Former Newton standout Rod Belcher chalked up 134 all-purpose yards for Wittenberg University in a 30-27 loss to Washington University.

The sophomore tailback rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 52 yards, including a 31-yard reception. He also chipped one kickoff return for 31 yards.

After two games, Belcher is averaging 101.5 all-purpose yards per game for the Tigers. He also has a 51-yard kickoff return this season.

Mathis continues to shine for Hornets

Salem product Darius Mathis continued his strong start for Alabama State against Alabama-Birmingham, hauling in the Hornets' only touchdown of the game on a 39-yard pass reception.

The redshirt sophomore had a team-high seven catches for a team-high 118 yards in the 45-10 loss.

For the season, Mathis leads the Hornets in receiving with 23 catches for 285 yards and three touchdowns in four games.

Henderson records two sacks for Central Florida

Middle linebacker Chance Henderson recorded a career-high two sacks in Central Florida's 34-7 loss last Saturday at Boston College.

Henderson, a former Heritage standout, picked up two sacks for minus-18 yards against the Eagles. He also finished the game with four solo tackles.

The junior is tied for second on the Golden Knights in tackles this season with 16. He leads the squad in sacks with two and has three tackles for loss.

Henderson now has 51/2 sacks in his career at UCF.

Ahonen registers 12 stops for Randolph-Macon

Senior cornerback Scott Ahonen recorded 12 total tackles (four solos and eight assists) in Randolph-Macon's 30-21 win last Saturday over SUNY-Maritime.

The Salem graduate now has 19 tackles and an interception in three games this season for the Yellow Jackets.

If you know of a former local athlete from Rockdale or Newton counties competing on the collegiate level, we'd like to hear from you. E-mail Casey Echols at sports@rockdalecitizen.com.