Thomas Jefferson has placed among the top four teams in Class AAA 16 of the past 17 years. During this stretch, the Jaguars have won or shared 15 conference titles and placed second the other two years.
Coach Bill Cherpak's squad won the Big Nine Conference title and advanced to the WPIAL semifinals before bowing out against eventual runner-up West Allegheny. The Jaguars finished with an 11-1 overall record.
The Jaguars ran the ball on almost every play last year, as four running backs combined for more than 3,600 yards. Three of the four are back, along with a quarterback who threw the ball only 27 times.
Austin Kemp, who rushed for 1,994 yards, graduated, but Ryan Scanlon (5-11, 180, Sr., TB-CB), Braden Pahanish (6-0, 215, Sr., FB-MLB) and Quinton Hill (5-11, 180, Jr., TB) are back. Hill rushed for 711 yards on 92 carries. Scanlon had 488 yards on 65 carries. Pahanish carried 56 times and had 415 yards.