Down 30-27, Good Counsel was driving for the go ahead touchdown against DeMatha Catholic in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship game. But on 2nd and goal at the DeMatha 4-yard line, Good Counsel quarterback Reggie Gooch went the right on an option play designed to go left. He pitched the ball into open space and the ball was recovered by DeMatha.
On 4th down on their ensuing possession, DeMatha took a safety when punter Matt Campbell ran around the end zone in an effort to run out the clock. There was still a few seconds remaining, however, and DeMatha was forced to kick-off. Kenny Jefferson entered the game to play special teams and helped make the game winning tackle.
“We were ecstatic,” Jefferson said of the championship win. “We had a hard loss to those guys earlier this season. This time we were actually beating them pretty good but let them get back in the game. It was real hard fought. Words can’t describe how we felt after the game was over.”
Jefferson, a 5-11, 225-pound prospect, has been a standout on both sides of the ball this season. In addition to his continued success at fullback, Jefferson had a great season as a linebacker on defense.
“I’d say I’ve been very versatile this year,” Jefferson said. “I played both ways, so I’m in great shape. I ran the ball well, I blocked well and I played good at linebacker. I earned Defensive Player of the Year by the Super 44, which rates the best players in the [Washington] DC area. Ike Whitaker earned Offensive Player of the Year. I had over 100 tackles and at least 6 sacks this season.”
While he played well on defense in 2004, Jefferson still expects to play fullback for Virginia Tech. He rushed 41 times for 252 yards and 1 touchdown and had 5 receptions for 73 yards on the year.
Known for his blocking ability, Jefferson explains what makes him such an effective force out of the backfield.
“Every time I go to block somebody, my mindset everytime is to knock them down,” Jefferson said. “I’m not going to stop until they are on the ground.”
His excellent strength and wrestling background help as well. Jefferson can bench press 350 pounds and squat 600 pounds. Accomplished in wrestling, he is a two-time State Champion and two-time National Top Six wrestler. Jefferson plans on wrestling this year but will likely not continue the sport in college.
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