Photo Journal: Football WPIAL AAA Championship - Thomas Jefferson vs. Central Valley (Nov. 28)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The venue was Heinz Field, the event was the WPIAL Championships, Saturday, November 28, 2015.  In the final game of the day, Central Valley faced Thomas Jefferson in the AAA competition.  Thomas Jefferson went home with the title defeating Central Valley 20-7.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Football: Thomas Jefferson reaches WPIAL championship

Written by Brad Everett on .

One loss broke a lengthy conference winning streak. The next snapped an even lengthier home winning streak.

Thomas Jefferson's 0-2 start seems like it happened ages ago.

After reeling off 10 consecutive wins, Thomas Jefferson will play for a WPIAL title for the first time in seven years. The sixth-seeded Jaguars (10-2) will face top-seed and defending champion Central Valley in the Class AAA final Saturday at Heinz Field at 8 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson has been excellent since beginning the season with losses to Ringgold and Belle Vernon. The Jaguars have won all of their games by double digits, the most recent being a 34-21 semifinal victory against Franklin Regional. Quinton Hill rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Hill has rushed for 627 yards and six touchdowns in the playoffs to increase his season totals to 1,451 yards and 23 touchdowns.


Football: Team-first attitude is key to Thomas Jefferson standout back's success

Written by Megan Ryan on .

Megan Ryan profiles Thomas Jefferson football player Quinton Hill.

2015 1125 ThomasJefferson Football(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."


Football: Running back fuels Thomas Jefferson's turnaround

Written by Brad Everett on .

Quinton Hill did not have a carry in Thomas Jefferson's first two games of the season, both of which resulted in Jaguars' losses.

Since then, though, Hill has helped carry the Jaguars to eight straight wins and a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals for the 20th consecutive season. The sixth-seeded Jaguars (8-2) play third-seed West Allegheny (8-2) Friday at Upper St. Clair.

No player rushed for more yards in the first round than Hill, a junior who finished with 243 yards on 24 carries in a 42-7 win against Armstrong. Hill scored touchdowns on runs of 7 and 24 yards, and outshined WPIAL rushing leader Zane Dudek, who managed only 40 yards on 19 carries.

Hill has rushed for a team-high 1,067 yards and has scored 19 touchdowns while averaging 12.3 yards per carry. He has rushed for at least 100 yards four times and more than 200 twice. Hill's previous high was 240 yards against Trinity.


Boys Soccer: South Feature Athlete - Thomas Jefferson's Matt Prezioso

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Matt Prezioso
School: Thomas Jefferson
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Midfielder

Background: Prezioso is having a big season for one of the best teams in Class AA. Prezioso, a senior center midfielder, has 12 goals and 13 assists. A three-year starter, Prezioso is one of five seniors on the team. Thomas Jefferson is 16-1-1 overall and finished second in Section 3 with a 10-1-1 record. The Jaguars are unbeaten during a 15-game stretch that followed its only defeat, a 3-1 loss to South Park. The Jaguars host Central Valley (12-5) tonight in a WPIAL first-round game.