Megan Ryan profiles Thomas Jefferson football player Quinton Hill.
(Photo: Running back Quinton Hill of Thomas Jefferson rushes in the first half against West Allegheny on Nov. 13. Justin K. Aller/For the Post-Gazette)
"Quinton Hill has racked up 1,449 yards and 23 touchdowns so far this season, averaging 9.2 yards per carry.
But mention this statistic to Thomas Jefferson's junior running back, and he'll be quick to defer — the credit goes to the offensive line, fullback Braden Pahanish, almost anyone but the man himself.
That team-first attitude was a product of the storied powerhouse — now playing Central Valley in the Class AAA WPIAL championship 8 p.m. Saturday at Heinz Field — shockingly losing its opening two games of the season.
"After we lost those first two games, we got together ... and everybody individually stated, 'Look, here's what I need to do to make this team better,'" Jaguars coach Bill Cherpak said. "And everything we've done since then has been the team, the team, the team."