Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Thomas Jefferson football team. Read his story below.
(Photo: Chase Winovich emerged as Thomas Jefferson's chief offensive threat as the season progressed. Matt Hafley/Post-Gazette)
Thomas Jefferson football coach Bill Cherpak looks at Friday's loss to Central Valley in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals as a lost opportunity.
"We had a great opportunity, but couldn't finish," Cherpak said. "We had our chances, but just didn't capitalize when we needed to. It's disappointing. We could have beaten them."
Amazingly, Thomas Jefferson (11-1) was making its 15th semifinal appearance in 16 years, but fell short of its goal of playing at Heinz Field for the fifth consecutive year, while Central Valley earned its second title berth in four years. And Thomas Jefferson was the victim once again, suffering its only loss of the season.
"We didn't reach our goal of playing at Heinz Field," Cherpak said. "That's hard to take."