Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pass-Catch Connection Having Fun for Jaguars

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pass-Catch Connection Having Fun for Jaguars

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Zach Schademan paused, then chuckled when asked about the superb performances he and teammate Joe Carroll turned out in Thomas Jefferson's win against Trinity a few weeks back.

"Me and Joe had a little bit of fun that night," said Schademan, who caught five Carroll touchdown passes in the first half. "We were right on the same page with each other."

Carroll and Schademan have been on the same page a lot, and it has been one of the big stories of the WPIAL football season.

The "fun" went to a new level last Friday in a 57-20 victory against Belle Vernon Area as they combined for 13 completions, 247 yards and five touchdowns. It was part of a stellar performance for Carroll, who completed 21 of 30 for 376 yards.

If a book was written about this year's Thomas Jefferson team, much of it would read the same, with the words "Carroll throws it to Schademan for a touchdown" being the most prevalent phrase.

Carroll, a senior quarterback, and Schademan, a senior wide receiver, have led Thomas Jefferson to a 7-0 record (6-0 in the Class AAA Big Nine Conference) and are on pace to have record- breaking seasons. Carroll shares the WPIAL lead in touchdown passes with South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh at 28. Schademan has a WPIAL- high 18 touchdown catches.

Should they maintain their current pace, Carroll would end the regular season with 36 touchdown throws and Schademan with 22 or 23 touchdown catches.

Both feats would be rare, if not unprecedented. Although the WPIAL doesn't keep records for regular-season touchdown passes, the most in the past 10 seasons was 30 by Sto-Rox's Adam DiMichele in 2003. No WPIAL player has caught 19 touchdown passes during the regular season in that span.

"They work well together," said Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak. "They don't even need to communicate verbally. If you came up during the summer and looked on the field, you'd see them throwing to one another. They've worked hard."

That work has led to some staggering statistics.

Carroll has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game, including five against Hollidaysburg, six against Trinity and the five Friday. …

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