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Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The math doesn't add up for the Trinity football team, which hosts Thomas Jefferson at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Trinity is winless through three games this season, including Big Nine Conference losses to Albert Gallatin, 28-14, and Elizabeth Forward, 46-0.

The Hillers (0-3, 0-2), who advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs last year, also suffered a 19-7 nonconference loss to Knoch in Week 2.

Thomas Jefferson, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 overall with a 45-12 nonconference victory at Hollidaysburg last week.

The Jaguars, who are 2-0 in league play, have won seven consecutive times against Trinity dating back to the 2006 season.

And Thomas Jefferson has won 47 consecutive games at Jaguar Stadium going back to 2004.

“Trinity is in a rebuilding year, but they still have some skill players that can make plays,” Bill Cherpak, Thomas Jefferson's head coach, said. “We need to execute better on offense and defense, and eliminate penalties and turnovers. They will cost you games when playing top quality teams.”

TJ quarterback Christian Breisinger, a 6-1, 165-pound senior, hit on 8 of 13 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns against Hollidaysburg last week.

Breisinger connected for scores with senior WR Dalton Dietrich twice, and senior WR Zach Talley and junior WR Frankie Langan once.

In two games, Breisinger has completed 9 of 15 passes for 220 yards and five touchdowns.

Dietrich, a 5-11, 160-pound wideout, nabbed seven receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns.

On the year, Dalton, aka “Double D,” has 12 receptions for 280 yards and four scores, and is averaging 23.3 yards per catch.

Thomas Jefferson has outscored the opposition by a 118-22 overall margin this season, and is averaging nearly 40 ppg.

Austin Kemp, a 5-11, 210-pound junior running back who accounted for 50 yards on 11 carries against Hollidaysburg, leads the team in rushing with 355 yards and four touchdowns on 51 carries.

Ryan Scanlon, a 5-9, 155-pound sophomore running back, finished with a team-high 53 yards on seven tries versus Hollidaysburg.

Defensively, the Jaguars were led last week by senior linebacker Chase Winovich, with eight tackles and two sacks; senior linebacker Eric Fairman, with eight unassisted tackles; senior linebacker Luke Deanovich, with five tackles and one sack; senior lineman Mat Nagy, with four tackles; senior lineman Cole Costy, with three tackles and one fumble recovery; and Breisinger, with two tackles and one interception from his linebacker position.

Trinity junior QB Forrest Cullings accounted for both of his team's touchdowns versus Albert Gallatin.

Cullings connected with senior wideout Mitch Kendra on a 60-yard scoring strike in the third quarter, and tacked on a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or

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