TJ – Short For Triple-A Juggernauts
Written by: Billy Splain on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
JEFFERSON HILLS, Pa- You’ll never guess what happened Friday night in Jefferson Hills!
Thomas Jefferson won….again!
Okay, so it wasn’t as big a secret as you wanted it to be, but what did you expect for me to tell you that the 0-6 Cornell Raiders beat South Fayette 27-26 on the last play of the game in which the students and Pittsburgh Sports Weekly’s very own Chad Himmie stormed the field?….wait that really did happen.
Sorry for getting so off track but you got to admit, my sister could have predicted the Jaguars 33-0 win over the Colts of Chartiers Valley in the Big Seven Conference showdown Friday night…and she goes to Moon (0-7).
It’s not Chartiers Valley fault, that Bill Chirback (owner of a 143-29 career record in 13 years) and his shorts are building a High School dynasty and flying past teams as fast as, well….a jaguar. How good is this dynasty, you ask? Since 1995 the Jaguars worst season was 8-4 coming in the 1999 season. TJ could and should make its sixth straight trip to Heinz Field this year, of the last five trips they have won three. Let’s not forget, that since the start of the 2002 season, the Jaguars of Thomas Jefferson have gone a ridiculous 84-8.
If you must know about the game, it was much like most of Thomas Jefferson’s games in the last few years, score, score, and score some more…if that wasn’t enough detail for you here is what really happened.
Both teams came in to Friday’s game on a five game winning streak, Thomas Jefferson lost coming to Cleveland Glenville who is ranked in the top ten nationally, and has given up only 12 points all season since beating the Jaguars 35-12. The Colts lost a close 21-14 battle to West Allegheny in week one and coming in to Jefferson Hills had only given up 19 points in the last 5 games a WPIAL class AAA, best.
The Colts won in overtime last week, however in the win, lost quarterback Santino Coury who is out for the season with a torn MCL.
With that loss it was an up hill climb for the Colts, who were limited to only 80 yards of total offense and only 5 first downs with only 55 yards and 1 of the 5 first downs coming in second half.
Thomas Jefferson was banged up as well, with five starters out with injuries. Which is scary to think about what they could do with everyone healthy.
Quarterback, Tyler Wehner had a great night going 9 of 18 with 148 yards and a touchdown. The real star for the Jaguars this night was senior running back Brain Baldrige who ran for 76 yards on 14 attempts and 3 touchdowns.
The game really turned on one of the most bizarre plays. Wehner’s pass was intercepted by Zach Mulvihill who tried to return it, however ended up losing the football in which Decicco ran after but kicked it down the near sideline, where Hasis picked it up and returned it 11 yards for a Thomas Jefferson Touchdown. If you lost count that’s 3 possession changes; on one play.
TJ got back the points they couldn’t score last year vs. the Colts that game ending on a last second field goal with the Jags just pulling out the win 3-0. The win was TJ’s 32nd straight win over a WPIAL team and also gave them their 9th Big Seven Championship in the last 11 years. The Colts locked up second place and their sixth straight trip to the WPIAL playoffs.
I don’t want to spell it out for anyone, but I think Bill and his Jaguars really LOVE Hershey….chocolate yea, that’s it …Hershey’s chocolate!
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