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All-State!

Oilers' 2-time first team all-staters

2009-10 -- TE Ben Koyack

2017-18 -- RB Christian Cole

2019-20 -- Cameron Russell (OLB in ' 19, RB in '20)

2022-23 -- RB Ethen Knox

(Knox was later named first team on the Coaches Select 3A all-state squad.)

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Tailback Ethen Knox

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Tackle Henry Milford

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Oiler all-stars

Top to bottom row, from left: Ethen Knox, Henry Milford, Kevin Pearsall, Justen Dunkle, Gavin Stephens, Ben Garland, Tanner, Kightlinger,  A.J. Bucholtz and Tim Walentoski.

Knox named Player of Year; Milford, Buckley,
Pfennigwerth also 2-way Region 4 1st-teamers

The Erie Times News released its "Super 72" District 10 all-stars on Jan. 10, bringing to a close all the all-star teams -- from all-region to all-state -- for the 2023 season.

Named to this squad were Oil City's Ethen Knox (RB) and Henry Milford (OL) and Franklin's Cole Buckley (DB) and Nathan Pfenningwerth (P).

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Ethen Knox was named Offensive Player of the Year and Nathan Pfenningwerth Special Teams POY on Dec. 14 by YDL. Both were named to the first team District 10 all-stars. OL Henry Milford and DB Cole Buckley were second teamers.

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Oil City's Ethen Knox was named Player of the Year and was one of four Venango County named two-way first teamers on the Region 4 all-stars announced Nov. 20 by the Erie Times News.

The record-shattering Knox made the squad at running back and defensive back, the second straight season he has done that.

Teammate Henry Milford was picked on both lines. 

Franklin's Nathan Pfenningwerth was picked by the coaches as the first team punter and placekicker for the third straight year. 

Teammate Cole Buckley was also a two-way first team selection for the second straight year. Last season he made it at wide receiver and defensive back. This year it was at quarterback, where he shared the position with Titusville's Ian McDonald, and DB.

Also making the first team were four other Oilers: LB Kevin Pearsall, OL Tanner Kightlinger, WR Gavin Stephens and DL Justen Dunkle, along with Franklin TE Alex Wible. 

All the first team picks are seniors, except for Stephens, a junior.

Pearsall and Wible also made the second team, Pearsall as a punter and Wible as a linebacker.

The second unit also included Franklin's Landon Perry on both lines.

Also on the second team were Franklin offensive linemen Gabe Wright and Darrius Graham and defensive back Trystin Boocks.

Other Oilers picked to the second team were OL Tim Walentoski and A.J. Bucholz and LB Ben Garland -- all of them juniors.

Franklin's 11 places were the most it has had since 2015 when it had 12.

Franklin's all-stars

Clockwise from top left: Cole Buckley, Nathan Pfennigwerth, Landon Perry, Trystin Boocks, Alex Wible, Darrius Graham and Gabe Wright.

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2023 season in review

District 10 3A Playoffs

Quarterfinals

Sharon 28, Fairview 0

Oil City 51, North East 14

Hickory 44, General McLane 12

Grove City 35, Ft. LeBoeuf 0

Semifinals

Sharon 39, Oil City 16

Hickory 38, Grove City 7

Championship 

Hickory 14, Sharon 6

PIAA Quarterfinals

Hickory 26, Martinsburg Central 13

PIAA Semifinals

Belle Vernon 42, Hickory 16

District 10 4 A playoffs

Championship

Meadville  45, Corry  13

Sub-Regional

Meadville 22, University Prep 18

PIAA First Round

Juniata 21, Meadville 7

PIAA Quarterfinals

Selinsgrove 44, Juniata 14

PIAA Semifinals

Aliquippa 52, Selinsgrove 32

PIAA finals

1A -- Steel-High 42, Fort Cherry 8

2A -- Southern Columbia 21, Westinghouse 20

3A -- Belle Vernon 38, Northwestern Lehigh 7

4A -- Aliquippa 60, Dallas 14

5A -- Imhotep 38, Peters Township 13

6A -- St. Joe Prep 45, North Allegheny 23

A little bit of context: Belle Vernon beat Avonworth, 26-0, for its second straight WPIAL title. Grove City opened with Avonworth the last two years, and dropped both games, 35-14, this season and 27-7 in 2022. 

In 4A, Selinsgrove drubbed Hollidaysburg, 48-7, during the regular season. This came one week after Hollidaysburg blanked Oil City, 49-0.

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