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Pa. all-time rushing list

Top 20

1. 9,078, Rushel Shell, Hopewell, 2012

2. 9,027, Jeremiah Young, Steel-High, 2008

3. 8,595, Ryan Brumfield, Owen J. Roberts, 2010

4. 8,432, James Mungro, East Stroudsburg South, 1996

5. 8,394, Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport, 2014


6. 8,325, Zack Barket, Schuylkill Haven, 2008

7. 8,246, Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia, 2019

8. 7,870, Ethen Knox, Oil City, 2023

9. 7,749, Terrin Ash, Honesdale, 1994

10. 7,646, Mike Vernillo, Ft. Cherry, 1999


11. 7,413, Curtis Brinkley, Philly West Catholic, 2003

12. 7,217, Gavin Garcia, Southern Columbia, 2021

13. 7,165, Henry Hynoski, Southern Columbia, 2006

14. 7,103, Jonathan Veach, Mount Carmel, 2000

15. 7,083, Ben Jackson, West Greene, 2019

16. 7,079 -- Lamont Wade, Clairton (2016)

17. 7,075 -- Jerry Marks, Southern Columbia (1987)

18. 7,027 -- Journey Brown, Meadville (2016)

19. 6,902 -- Jesse Jones, Tyrone (1999)

20. 6,847 -- Chuck Carr, Hickory (2016)


Photo by Richard Sayer

D-10 all-time leading rushers

7870 Ethen Knox, Oil City 

7027 Journey Brown, Meadville

6847 Chuck Carr, Hickory

6548 Blake Reddick, Lakeview

6241TJ Phillips, Sharon

5752 Zach Helsley, Mercyhurst

5404 Anthony Stallworth, Farrell

5348 Jalen Wagner, Reynolds

5197 Joe Korcinsky (Greenville)

5136 Mike Archie, Sharon

5128 Garrett Owens, North East

5109 Khalon Simmons, Meadville

5070 Christian Cole, Oil City

5024 Jordan Wilson, Sharon

D-10 500-point scorers

718 Journey Brown, Meadville

666 Chuck Carr, Hickory

640  ETHEN KNOX, Oil City 

574 Hunter Merritt, Conneaut 

552 Justin Napotnik, Sharpsville

546 Joe Korcinsky, Greenville

518 Zach Stafford, Cambridge Springs

504 T.J. Phillips, Sharon

Game by Game

An A-Lister, for sure

Ethen Knox treated his blockers to donuts after his big season rushing with six 400-yard games for Oil City
Keeping a promise

Record-breaking running back Ethen Knox (left) finally came through on a promise of donuts for his blockers during the 2022 season. From left (beside Knox): Tim Walentoski, Tanner Kightlinger, Cam Crocker, Jacob Van Wormer, Henry Milford (cleverly hidden), Hayden Wilson and (inset) Brayden McFetridge. MIA: Kevin Pearsall, Logan Suttle and the injured  James O'Dell. (Twitter)


Knox's sensational junior season in 2022:

  • Max Preps Small Town All-American (along with LB Philip LaVerde of Kirtland, Ohio, son of former Oiler and Kirtland coach Tiger LaVerde

  • All-USA Today Offensive team (25 players, all of whom nominated for Player of Year, which will be announced this summer

  • Mr. Pa Football Tremendous 25 (1A-3A)

  • Coaches Select 3A Player of the Year

  • Coaches Select 3A first team all-state

  • Pa. Football Writers 3A first team all-state

  • PennLive second team all-state (all classes)

  • Jim Kelly YDL sports network District 10 Player of the Year

  • Jim Kelly YDL sports network All-D-10

  • Erie Times News small school All-D-10

  • D-10 Offensive POY nominee by ETN

  • All-Region 4 first team RB/DB

  • Five-time Jim Kelly YDL Player of Week

  • Two national records with 3,705 yards rushing in a 10-game season and six 400-yard rushing games

  • OCHS single-season, career rushing records

  • 42 touchdowns, 294 points, 63 tackles, 6 INTs

  • No. 100 in Prep RedZone Pennsylvania rankings for Class of 2024. Also No. 6 RB and No. 3 in District 10.

  • MVP for RBs at an Elite 11 regional camp in May. 

  • First offer from Mercyhurst (he's keeping that info close to vest, if you read Mike Kilroy's story), but he's taken "road trips" with his dad to Lehigh and Penn this summer, according to "X" (formerly known as Twitter)

  • Second offer from West Liberty on Aug. 9

Morgan "Mo" Hadley -- Oil City. Ties state record with 7 TD catches in 2015 against Meadville
Ethen Knox

Oil City football not only has a player with a national record (Ethen Knox with his 5 400-yard rushing games), but another with a state mark. (Mo Hadley's seven TD receptions in 2015 tied the record set in 2014 by New Oxford's Ryan Hubley.) And both Knox and Hadley wear/wore 2. Hadley also threw a TD pass in that game (to Cade Cochran). Jackson McFall threw eight scoring passes, the other to Chris Dragotta and scored a TD on a fumble return.


Ethen Knox was in the running during the offseason for small school (Class 1A-3A) Mr. Pa. Football. He advanced to the final six, and was invited to a banquet in Harrisburg. Alex Erby of Steel-High, a Naval Academy recruit, won the award, but all six finalists received a plaque. Highlights of all the finalists were shown at the fete. Banquet was  streamed  here. (File photo by Richard Sayer)

National recognition
from Max Preps
And, that's a wrap 
on Knox's legendary 
high school career

(And Knox said he's still as running back as for now. "They are planning on me playing running back right now but things could change at any time and I could be switched but that’s what they are bringing me on as," Knox when he announced for Mercyhurst.)

Mercyhurst announced April 4 that it is moving from Division II to Division I. The Lakers formerly played out out of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Now they will be members of the Northeast Conference (NEC).

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