Football: Thomas Jefferson grad piling up numbers at W&J

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Rick Davis profiles Thomas Jefferson graduate Ryan Ruffing, who is now a standout football player at Washington & Jefferson.

"Junior running back Ryan Ruffing opened the season by scoring five touchdowns in leading Washington & Jefferson to a 51-17 victory against Wooster.

He followed that effort up with five more touchdowns in the second game as the Presidents rolled to a 56-21 victory against Westminster for their first 2-0 start since 2009.

So what's the secret to this scoring machine's knack for finding the end zone?

"I have no idea," he said with a laugh. "I think our receivers get so close to the end zone then they can't get in. I feel bad for them. If they get into the end zone, I'd only have half as many as I have.""



Alumni Update - Ryan Ruffing (Washington & Jefferson)

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Ryan Ruffing totaled 239 all-purpose yards and five scores in Saturday's 56-21 win at Westminster. The ThomasRuffing WJ Jefferson graduate rushed 36 times for 172 yards and four touchdowns and pulled down three receptions for 67 yards and a score.

Through the season's first two games Ruffing has rolled up 413 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns, including nine rushing, putting him on pace for 45 rushing touchdowns and 50 total touchdowns, which would both be NCAA Division III records.

His performance earned him PAC Offensive Player of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Football: Thomas Jefferson's Kemp finds the end zone seven times

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Thomas Jefferson's Austin Kemp has few rivals when it comes to WPIAL rushers. Last Friday, he accomplished something no other WPIAL player has achieved this season.

Kemp rushed for seven touchdowns in a 48-19 win against Laurel Highlands. No other player has scored more than six touchdowns. Kemp also rushed for a career-high 322 yards.

It's been a breakout season for Kemp, a senior who is a running back by trade but has spent the season exclusively taking direct snaps in the team's wildcat formation. Kemp leads the WPIAL in rushing (819 yards) and touchdowns (16). Kemp rushed for 253 and 244 yards in his other two games and is averaging 9.2 yards per carry.

Thomas Jefferson is 3-0 overall with all of its wins coming in the Class AAA Big Nine Conference. The Jaguars travel to play conference foe Elizabeth Forward (2-1, 2-1) Friday. The Jaguars hammered the Warriors, 42-0, last season.



Tennis: Thomas Jefferson must replace a lot of starters again

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With only two starters back from its 2012 team, Thomas Jefferson finished second in Class AA Section 5 last season with a 12-2 mark before falling in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA tournament to Quaker Valley.

This year, the Jaguars again had to incorporate five new starters into the lineup, and again the results have been good as they have yet to lose a match.

Senior Kalei Trbovich, Thomas Jefferson’s No. 2 singles player in 2013, has been elevated to No. 1 singles this season, while last year’s No. 3 singles player, sophomore Natalie Rascatti, is now playing No. 2 singles. Junior Gina Greer rounds out the singles lineup at No. 3.


Football: Kemp is a guy whom Thomas Jefferson can count on

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Jordan Greer profiles Thomas Jefferson running back Austin Kemp.

2014 0904 ThomasJefferson Football(Photo: Thomas Jefferson's Austin Kemp picks up a first down before Ringgold's Mayson Atkinson can bring him down. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Thomas Jefferson is once again the clear favorite to win the Class AAA Big Nine Conference championship, due in large part to returning starting running back Austin Kemp.

A sturdy 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior, he amassed more than 1,100 yards rushing last season for the Jaguars, and, if this year's season opener is any indication, he will hit that mark again with ease.

Kemp led Thomas Jefferson to a surprisingly easy 49-6 blowout victory against Ringgold, rushing for 249 yards on 33 carries and he scored four touchdowns and threw for a fifth. Jaguars coach Bill Cherpak was not only pleased with the numbers, but also with Kemp's command of the offense.

"I think the biggest thing was that he took on leadership," Cherpak said. "He was calling the offense in the huddle. He's done such a remarkable job of just being a leader and a great example for the younger kids.""