Oilers Look to Keep Season Rolling Friday Night vs. Hollidaysburg

| November 9, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Oil City will “host” Hollidaysburg with a PIAA playoff berth on the line at 7 p.m. Friday night at Franklin High School.

(Photo courtesy of Oil City Football’s Twitter account)

The Oilers (10-1) and Tigers (7-4) are playing in a PIAA Class 5A sub-regional with the winner moving into the official PIAA bracket against the winner of a subregion involving District 2 and District 11. That game, also being played Friday, sees East Stroudsburg South taking on Wallenpaupack.

Oil City has reached this point by claiming its first District 10 title in 20 years with a come-from-behind, 14-12, win over General McLane last week to avenge its only loss of the season.

Hollidaysburg topped Brashear, 38-7, in a District 6-8 showdown last week.

The Tigers and Oilers have one common opponent with Hollidaysburg beating DuBois, 50-16, and Oil City taking care of the Beavers, 55-12.

Hollidaysburg’s four losses have come to Erie McDowell, Fort Hill (Md.), Cedar Cliff and State College with all four of those losses coming in a row between Sept. 7 and Sept. 28 leaving the Tigers at 2-4 at that time.

It is a balanced offense that makes Hollidaysburg go with the Tigers rushing for 193.9 yards per game and passing for 135.5.

Quarterback Brady Walters is the engine that makes that offense go, as he has accounted for 2,292 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Walters is 112 of 201 passing for 1,490 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while adding 170 carries for 802 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Also key in the rush game are Nate Fisher (659 yards, 13 touchdowns) and Hunter Barr (645 yards, 6 TDs).

Fisher is also the third-leading receiver for the Tigers with 12 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Jacob Sensenig leads the receivers with 29 catches for 460 yards and six scores with Bryce Martellacci adding 14 catches for 168 yards.

Since giving up 41 points in the loss to Cedar Cliff, Hollidaysburg is allowing an average of 12.6 points per game over its last seven games while not allowing more than 21 in any one game.

The Tigers defense will be tested by District 10’s single-season all-time leading rusher, Christian Cole.

Cole became the first District 10 rusher over 3,000 yards in a season last week and now has 3,024 yards and 43 rushing touchdowns. He has rushed for 200 or more yards nine times with five 300-yard games. He was held to a season-low 124 yards and a touchdown in the win over General McLane, but that touchdown was the winning score midway though the fourth quarter. He also threw a touchdown pass in the contest for Oil City’s other score.

Joining Cole in making the Oilers offense roll is Noah Petro (685 yards, 5 TDs) and Holden Stahl (479 yards, 4 TDs; 10 of 21 passing, 254 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Int).

Oil City’s defense, which is led by Brayden Crocker (9.9 tackles per game), CJ Schreffler (9.6 tpg) and Cole (9.5 tpg) has allowed an average of 10.5 points per game on the season and only 8.8 per game since Conneaut (Pa.) scored 27 in the opener. That includes five contests of holding opponents under 10 points with two shutouts.

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