Alumni Update - Ryan Ruffing (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

DANBURY, Conn. -- Two Washington & Jefferson football players earned their second Eastern College AthleticRuffing WJ Conference honors of the season after the No. 18/20 Presidents topped Grove City, 55-14.

Junior running back Ryan Ruffing collected his second Corvais ECAC Division III Southwest Player of the Week award while freshman wide receiver Jesse Zubik repeated as the Division III Southwest Rookie of the Week.

Ruffing, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, scored the game's first four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) as the Presidents opened up a 35-0 halftime lead over the Wolverines. The scores give him 17 touchdowns on the season, including a Division III-leading 15 on the ground.

The junior finished with 191 yards of total offense on just 19 touches with 17 carries for 145 yards and two receptions for 46 yards.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Boys Soccer: Thomas Jefferson qualifies for playoffs for first time since 2009

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

After missing the playoffs for five straight seasons, Thomas Jefferson has qualified for the postseason after earning a second-place finish in Section 3-AA.

The Jaguars compiled an impressive 12-4 record overall mark and 9-3 record in section play, finishing behind powerhouse South Park.

The Jaguars appear to be entering the playoffs in strong form, having won their last six games by a combined 20-2 score line.

The last time Thomas Jefferson made the playoffs was 2009, when it won the section and made it all the way to the Class AA WPIAL championship game, where it fell short against Mars. The Jaguars also reached the PIAA semifinals that season.


Girls Volleyball: Thomas Jefferson backs up all the hype

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

When the 2014 girls volleyball season began, Thomas Jefferson coach Ron Kelly wasn't sure if his squad was worthy of it's No. 2 spot in the WPIAL Class AA preseason rankings.

The season is now in its fifth week and Kelly has found that his squad is certainly worthy of its lofty ranking.

Thomas Jefferson entered the week with a perfect 8-0 record in Class AA Section 6. And the Jaguars have recorded a 3-0 sweep in all eight matches. They have been a WPIAL playoff participant for the past 14 seasons in a row.

"We still have tough matches with Seton-LaSalle [7-1] and South Fayette [6-2] in the second half, so we have to continue playing with the intensity we showed in the first half," said Kelly, now in his 13th season with the Jaguars, and 26th overall.


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

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

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.""



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

Written by Brad Everett on .

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.