Pioneers’ season comes to an end

After winning the District 3, Class 4A championship last week, the Pioneers of Lampeter-Strasburg lost to Thomas Jefferson today 44-2 in the PIAA 4A semifinal at Hollidaysburg

Thomas Jefferson scored on its first three possessions and added three more touchdowns to start the second half.

The clock ran continuously for the final 20 minutes under the mercy rule.

TJ quarterback Shane Stump threw three touchdowns, Dylan Mallozzi and Daniel Deabner each scored twice, and the Jaguars defense posted a shutout with four interceptions.

Lampeter-Strasburg’s only points came on a second-quarter safety.

Thomas Jefferson (15-0) next faces Jersey Shore (11-3) or Dallas (14-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday in the PIAA final at Hersheypark Stadium. TJ won three state championships in five years between 2004 and 2008 but hadn’t reached the finals in more than a decade.

The Jaguars built a 22-0 first-quarter lead on a 9-yard rushing touchdown by Mallozzi and two touchdown catches by Deabner. The first from Stump was a 54-yarder on a one-play, 7-second touchdown drive, and Deabner’s second covered 35 yards.

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