Oil City Looks for Payback when It Faces Hollidaysburg in PIAA Playoffs Friday

| November 8, 2019


LORETTO, Pa. (EYT) – Going another step farther.

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That’s the goal of the Oil City football team, as it looks to avenge a loss to Hollidaysburg in the PIAA Class 5A playoffs from a year ago when it matches up again with the Tigers in the opening round of the PIAA Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa.

The unbeaten Oilers (11-0) have won back-to-back District 10 titles and meet a Hollidaysburg team that is 6-4 on the season but with losses to State College, Cedar Cliff, Fort Hill (Md.) and Erie McDowell, that is a deceptive 6-4.

Last year, the Tigers beat the Oilers, 33-22.

This year, Hollidaysburg features a balanced offensive squad that averages 178.7 yards per game on the ground and 101.2 through the air.

It’s a balanced group of Tigers with no one player standing out.

Bryce Martellaci, a junior, and Jake McGinnis, a sophomore, have shared time at quarterback this season.

Martellaci is completing 58 percent of his passes (51 of 88) for 611 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions, while McGinnis completes 59.1 percent of his throws (26 of 44) for 401 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Martellaci has the unique distinction of also being the team’s leading receiver with eight catches for 228 yards and a touchdown, while Tristian Chaney has 12 grabs for 186 and a score, DeShawn Moss has 11 for 170 yards and two scores and Trent Paddock 11 for 109 yards and a score.

Paddock is also the leading rusher with 99 carries for 629 yards and 11 scores with Martellaci adding 494 yards and nine touchdowns on a team-high 101 carries. McGinnis chips in 183 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.

While Hollidaysburg uses balance, Oil City loves to stay on the ground.

The Oilers have attempted just 50 passes all season.

But who needs to pass when you can average 337.1 yards per game on the ground.

Senior Noah Petro is closing in on 2,000 yards on the season and sits at 1,943 with 25 touchdowns on 243 carries.

Cam Russell adds 655 yards and six touchdowns, while quarterback Holden Stahl chips in 463 yards and seven scores.

Stahl is also 25 of 47 passing for 658 yards and seven touchdowns with his top receiver being JT Stahlman, who has 13 catches for 391 yards and five touchdowns.

The Oil City defense is paced by Stahl, who has 98 stops, and Russell, who has 84. The Oilers did lose co-leading tackler Brayden Crocker for the season with a leg injury. Crocker also had 98 tackles in 10 games.

Russell gets after the quarterback like few others and has 15.5 sacks, while Max Latona adds 11 sacks.

Dakota Cole leads the Oil City secondary with six interceptions.


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