Rematch of Last Year’s D10 Class 5A Title Game in Store in Oil City Friday

| September 13, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – It’s a rematch of last year’s District 10 Class 5A title game when General McLane visits Oil City Friday night.

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The teams split a pair of meetings a year ago with the Lancers winning in the regular season but Oil City getting the important victory in the District 10 title game giving the Oilers their first title since 1998.

This year’s game, while still holding importance, may not be quite as important considering General McLane has lost star Ben Howe-Jones to a season-ending knee injury.

Howe-Jones was the unquestioned leader for the Lancers (1-2) rushing for nearly 500 yards through three weeks.

Without him, the pressure will fall on quarterback Matt Leehan (14 of 29 passing, 256 yards, 1 TD) as General McLane doesn’t have another back with 100 yards on the roster.

Oil City may have discovered its next great back last week when Cameron Russell, a Cranberry student, ran for 214 yards in a win over Girard. Russell has a pair of 100-yard games on the year and has rushed for 381 yards and four touchdowns helping the Oilers average over 300 yards per game on the ground.

Holden Stahl (113 yards) and Noah Petro (299 yards, 5 TDs) are also key in the ground game.


Franklin (1-2) and DuBois (0-3) are both in desperate needs of wins with DuBois trying to avoid its first 0-4 start since 2002 and Franklin trying to avoid a three-game losing streak.

DuBois has given up 120 points in three losses, including last week’s 50-28 loss to Warren where the Beavers surrendered 449 yards to the Dragons.

Beavers quarterback Alex Kovalyak (46-for-82, 757 yards, 6 TDs, 4 Ints.) keys the Beavers offense with Nick Dilullo (15-342, 4 TDs) his top receiver.

Franklin quarterback Ian Haynes (59-for-99, 843 yards, 7 TDs, 2 Ints.) stands at 7,749 career passing yards with 78 TDs going into the game. He became the all-time leading passer in D10 history last week. The passing yards would rank fifth in District 9. 

The Beavers beat the Knights, 28-25, last year. They’ve never lost to Franklin since joining the same District 10 Region 7 setup in 2010, a string of nine straight games.

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