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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.

National recognition
from Max Preps
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