Thomas Jefferson uses power football to beat Cathedral Prep
Written by: AJ Schaffer on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
There will be a new state champion in 4A this year. Thomas Jefferson used power run football to beat 3 time defending state champion Cathedral Prep. Thomas Jefferson imposed their will in the 28-13 victory. “We wanted to lean on our line, our line has been great all year, they’ve been physical and we had a size advantage on them” said Coach Cherpak.
Another big key to the game was long drives for Thomas Jefferson. Cathedral Prep deferred to the second half so Thomas Jefferson got the ball to start the game. The first drive was 14 plays and took up 6:54 of the clock in the first quarter. It was capped off on a 1 yard run by Dylan Mallozzi. “We sent a message” said Shane Stump about that drive.
Cathedral Prep got the ball now starting at their own 27. Thomas Jefferson forced Cathedral Prep to 3 and out and they punted it away. On the first play of the second Thomas Jefferson drive, Dylan Mallozzi fumbled and Cathedral Prep recovered the ball. They did take advantage of good field position at the Thomas Jefferson 47 yard line. Cathedral Prep tied it up on a 9 yard pass from Trevor Sample to Jaelen Carson. The score at the end of 1 was tied at 7.
Thomas Jefferson was putting together another nice long drive and they were inside the Cathedral Prep 40 yard line. Unfortunately the drive stalled and they turned the ball over on downs on an incomplete pass. Cathedral Prep started at their own 32 yard line. That drive didn’t go anywhere and they ended up punting it away. Later in the second quarter Cathedral Prep took their first lead of the game on a 27 yard field goal by Cole Constsable. The drive started at their own 41 and the score occurred with 3 minutes to go in the half.
Thomas Jefferson started the next drive at their own 35 yard line. A run by Nathan Werderber got them into Cathedral Prep territory. It was capped off on a 9 yard pass from Shane Stump to Daniel Deabner. That score occurred with 1:04 left before half. After that Cathedral Prep got the ball into Thomas Jefferson territory but unfortunately they ran out of time and the score was 14-10 Thomas Jefferson heading into the locker room.
Cathedral Prep got the ball to start the second the second half. It was almost an exact copy of the Thomas Jefferson drive to start the game. the drive took up 6:44 of the third quarter and it was also 14 plays. The big difference was Cathedral Prep didn’t get the touchdown and they settled for a 34 yard field goal by Cole Constsable. The key to the stop was the defense for Thomas Jefferson, they stood tall and was also aided by a bad snap and a penalty. “That stand right here on the 15 was huge, keeping them one point behind” said Shane Stump.
Thomas Jefferson started their next drive at their own 40. That drive was 13 plays and took up nearly 6 minutes. It was finished off on a 1 yard quarterback keeper by Shane Stump. The score occurred with 10:42 in the fourth quarter. “They came through again, its just amazing, everybody worked together” said Coach Cherpak about the offensive line.
Cathedral Prep got the ball again and this was also a long drive, it really was the theme of the night for sure both teams only touched the ball twice in the second half. Thomas Jefferson got touchdowns on their 2 drives which was basically the difference in the game. Cathedral Prep got into Thomas Jefferson territory all the way down inside the 20 yard line. After that Thomas Jefferson’s defense came up with big plays and in the end Cathedral Prep turned the ball over on downs on an incomplete pass.
Thomas Jefferson started at their own 28 yard line and once again it was leaning on the offensive line and running it down their throats. The biggest play on the drive was a gutsy decision to go for it on fourth and inches on their own 40 yard line. “We’re here to win, we’re not here to tie, we’re here to win, and the kids said the same thing” said Coach Cherpak. he also said “There was no way we were punting it”. “All the lineman look at me, I mean seriously like in the huddle, and they’re like QB sneak” said Shane Stump about the play. It ultimately paid off when they got the first down. A couple of plays later Thomas Jefferson threw the knockout punch when Dylan Mallozzi broke free and ran it in for a 34 yard touchdown. Mallozzi was a key player in the game, he ran for 162 yards on 29 carries. “He runs as he is, he’s a downhill runner, physical runner, get the tough yards, and then eventually he breaks one like he did there at the end” said Coach Cherpak.
Cathedral Prep got the ball back with about 1:50 left but the defense of Thomas Jefferson once again stood tall and Cathedral Prep turned the ball over on downs. “To be able to beat them after 4 times, it’s a hell of a feeling” said Shane Stump. Stump also played a big role in the game he was 9 of 14 for 108 yards. He also had about 50 yards rushing. Next week Thomas Jefferson will play Lampeter-Strasburg in the 4A semifinals at a time and site to be decided.
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