Trojan’s Worth named all-state
It came as quite of an exciting surprise to Parkland senior football player Jahan Worth.
The first surprise came last week when he found out that he was voted to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 6A All-State team.
The second for the two-way standout on the field was the position to which he was voted in, running back.
Worth excelled on both sides of the ball during the 2017 season, but where he received most of his opportunity to play at the collegiate level, and the position that he committed and signed to Duquesne University next fall is on defense, playing linebacker.
“I wasn’t expecting to be named all-state, let alone at running back,” said Worth. “So that was crazy to hear, but I’m definitely thankful to receive that honor. I worked really hard all year at both of my positions to be the best that I could be. This was the last check on my list as a senior, and I’m thankful to my teammates on helping me get to this honor.”
The 6A all-state team ballot included votes from high school football writers across the state.
Worth was a captain and helped Parkland to a 13-1 overall record, while winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship and its sixth straight district title before falling to eventual PIAA state runner-up St. Joseph’s Prep in the quarterfinal round.
“We just had a strong belief in what we could’ve achieved this year,” Worth said. “We started drilling into everyone’s minds early that we were going to go 13-0 and win the league and district. We had the mindset that we were going to do things, not just try. We went through the season step-by-step and just took care of business.”
Worth finished the season rushing for 1,456 yards and a league-high 31 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, he was named the EPC South’s defensive MVP for the second consecutive year, while recording 112 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss and four sacks.
“Going into the season, my focus was on just doing what the coaches needed me to do,” said Worth. “Once I realized that I could be successful at running back on the varsity level, I decided to take that in stride and take extra reps at practice because I knew it would help the team. I tried to be as big of a threat to the other team as possible.”
Worth was joined on the 6A team by District 11 players in wide receivers Jahan Dotson of Nazareth and Easton’s Jakob Herres.
Worth is now focused on helping the Trojans wrestling program this winter before focusing on football full-time at Duquesne.