Brad Everett has this week's South High School Football Notebook.
"When it comes to running the football, Thomas Jefferson has few peers.
The Jaguars average 360 yards rushing per game, have amassed just less than 4,000 for the season, and have rushed for 59 touchdowns.
While WPIAL rushing leader Austin Kemp and the rest of an excellent backfield get most of the credit, a powerful offensive line has been just as important in leading TJ to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals for the 16th time in 17 seasons.
"They practice hard. They play hard. As a unit, they have a lot of pride in what they do," Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak said.
Top-notch offensive line play has been one of the common denominators for Cherpak's teams over the years. It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering Cherpak himself was a standout offensive lineman at Steel Valley and Pitt. At Thomas Jefferson, Cherpak has coached Tyler Reed and Lucas Nix, both of whom went on to play in the NFL."