Oil City Looking for Best Start in Over 15 Years; Franklin Has Tall Task with General McLane

| October 12, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Having matched its best start of the last 15 years, Oil City looks to surpass that when it hosts Fort LeBoeuf at 7 p.m. Friday.

(Photo: Christian Cole, Oil City. Photo by Andy Close)

At 6-1, the Oilers sport that record for the first time since 2013 when they finished 9-4 and for just the third time since 2004 – the other time was in 2010 when they finished 9-3. In both of those cases, Oil City lost when trying to go to 7-1, but the Oilers look to change that when they host the 5-2 Bison, who have won five of six including 18-10 last week over DuBois.

Oil City makes no secret of what it wants to do on offense, and it makes no secret of who is going to do it.

The Oilers want to run you into submission and are doing so to the tune of 461.1 yards per game on the ground while throwing just 13 passes all season.

And it starts with Christian Cole.

The senior is over 2,000 yards on the year with 2,087 and has scored 28 touchdowns. That includes an eye-popping four 300-yard games this season with three in a row after a career-high 383 yards in a win over Meadville last week. Cole has also scored four or more touchdowns in all six of Oil City’s win.

Cole’s District 10 rushing lead is so large that he has a lead of almost as many yards (1,031) as the second-place rusher in D10, Mercyhurst Preps’ Zack Heasley has yards (1,061).

As if doing it all on offense wasn’t enough, Cole also is the third-leading tackler on the team with 60 stops.

Freshman Brayden Crocker leads the defense with 64 tackles with Noah Petro adding 63. Demarco Francis has eight sacks, and Cole and Petro have each picked off two passes.

Fort LeBoeuf also likes to run the ball with the Bison having thrown for just 376 yards on the year (which is still considerably more than Oil City’s 181).

Tynan Mazur leads the way with 696 yards rushing and nine touchdowns with Ben Turi adding 360 yards and seven scores on the ground.


While Franklin has won its past two ball games including a 21-17 win last week over Maplewood to get closer to .500 at 3-4, the Knights will be up against it this week against District 10, Region 7 leader General McLane, who sports a 5-2 mark on the year.

The Lancers are the only team to beat Oil City this season doing so 17-12 Sept. 14, and considering Franklin list to the Oilers 73-7 two weeks prior to that, this would seem to be a tough task for the Knights.

General McClane is very similar in style to Oil City having run for 2,353 yards and 30 touchdowns while passing for only 202.

The Lancers ground game is a two-headed monster paced by Luke Dillen (621 yards, 7 TDs) and Ben Howe-Jones (790 yards, 8 TDs).

Franklin, on the other hand, wants to attack through the air and does so with District 10’s leading passer, Ian Haynes.

Haynes has thrown for 1,851 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year while completing 117 of 213 passes. He has thrown seven interceptions.

Cade Adams ranks third in D10 in receiving with 32 catches for 634 yards and six touchdowns and is one of three Knights in the top 10 in receiving yards in the district.

Trey Carulli is eighth with 426 yards and four touchdowns on 23 catches, while Eli Stewart is ninth with 420 yards and six touchdowns on 23 grabs.

Stewart has also finally found his legs in the run game and has rushed for 199 yards and two scores on the year.

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