Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Thomas Jefferson football team. Read his story below.
The Thomas Jefferson football team has made six appearances in the WPIAL Class AAA title game in the past 10 years.
Each of those teams boasted a strong defense, including four that allowed 8.7 points per game or fewer.
"You can't make it to Heinz Field without a strong defense," said Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak, as the Jaguars prepare for their 15th semifinal appearance in 16 years. "We will find out Friday just how good our defense is."
Thomas Jefferson, the Big Nine Conference champions and No. 2 seed in the Class AAA bracket, will play No. 3 seed Central Valley in Friday's semifinals at Chartiers Valley High School.