Two Trojans named to Big 33
Parkland senior football players Jahan Worth and Kobe Thomas have had decorated careers on the gridiron the last four years. And the duo will get to continue their high school football careers for one more game before heading off to play on the Division I level in college.
Worth and Thomas were recently selected to play in the 61st Annual 2018 Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Big 33 Football Classic, which will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Landis Field in Harrisburg.
Worth and Thomas couldn’t be more excited to lace up the cleats one more time as high school players.
“It meant the world to me to be selected for the Big 33 game,” said Worth, a senior tailback/linebacker. “Ever since I saw De’vante [Cross] play in the game, I’ve always had a dream to play for my state with some of the other best players in PA. Just to have an opportunity to play in one more high school game is such a blessing and I’m thankful for receiving the invite to the game.”
His teammate agrees.
“It meant a lot to me,” Thomas said. “It was an honor knowing that I was one of the limited people chosen to represent my state one last time, playing with some of the best. It truly felt great.”
Worth was a three-year starter and two-year captain, and helped Parkland win three district championships and state runner-up when he was on the field. He was named First-Team All-State twice, once on each side of the ball, and was the 2017 EPC MVP.
Worth began his career as a defensive tackle his sophomore year on the team that competed in the PIAA final. The last two seasons, he was the starting running back and linebacker. During his senior season, Worth rushed for over 1,500 yards and 34 touchdowns on offense, and tallied a school-record in tackles, while holding the school record in career tackles.
Worth signed a full scholarship to attend Duquesne University this fall, where he will play linebacker on the field and major in Finance and Pre-Law in the classroom.
This game was in the back of his mind since he entered high school four years ago.
“I’ve known about this game for 4-5 years now and I never thought I’d be able to play in it,” Worth said. “I’d like to call it a gift from God. I’m going to use this opportunity to my fullest, and I’m glad I get to play this last game with some of my Lehigh Valley brothers.”
Thomas paved the way for a balanced Trojans offense that had over 2,500 yards rushing and passing last season, on their way to an undefeated regular season and sixth straight district title.
The EPC First-Team member will be attending the University of Albany this fall on a full scholarship, and plans to major in Physical Therapy or Nursing.
“This was a game I knew about,” Thomas said. “It was the only all-star game that I wanted to play in, and I definitely wanted to be selected.”