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Oil City claims first District 10 Title since ’98, Cole breaks D10 rushing record @OilersFB @OCASDsports @GenMclaneSports

Written by: on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018


Christian Cole’s 10-yard touchdown run with 5:15 to play turned out to be the winning score as Oil City turned the tables on General McLane 14-12 Friday night at Edinboro University.

The victory gave the Oilers their first District 10 Title since 1998 and avenged a 17-12 loss to the Lancers on September 14th.

“It feels great, and I never thought this would happen. It is just such a blessing,” said Cole. “It feels great to beat General McLane this time around. The first time did not go as planned.”

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From the opening kickoff, things didn’t go as planned the second time around either. Oil City fumbled the opening kickoff with the Lancers falling on the loose ball at the Oilers 4-yard line.

Two plays later Ben Howe-Jones scored from a yard putting General McLane in front 6-0 forty seconds into the game.

“I knew we were coming this game a little shorthanded,” said Oil City head coach Dan York. “I didn’t know how it was all going to turn out, but I knew the kids were going to play hard. They’ve been playing hard all year.”

Oil City was unable to sustain any first-half drives and watched the Lancers take 12-0 lead midway through the second-quarter as Howe-Jones ran a wildcat keeper 74 yards down the near sideline. Howe-Jones had a game-high 186 on 28 carries.

The Oilers defense pitched a shutout after that.

“We needed to get off our blocks and not let Howe-Jones outside,” said York. “We started to read our keys, and that was the difference on defense in the second half.”

Trailing 12-0 and needing a spark Oil City lined up to punt from their 38-yard line late in the first half. Cole took the snap and lobbed a pass down the near sideline that was hauled in by Caleb Bish between two Lancer defenders who he outraced for a 62-yard score.

“The first time we punted the ball, we saw it,” said York. “We saw that they were not covering Bish. He came over to the sideline and told us he was wide open on that, we looked at that and said yes he is wide open, then we said why not do it.”

“I told the coach that we had to go fake punt because nobody was guarding him,” said Cole. “I saw he was a little more covered the second time. I just threw it up, and he caught it. It was a blessing.”

General McLane still held a 12-6 by halftime that also stood into the fourth quarter.

Oil City had a chance to tie or take the lead late in the third quarter. Facing a 4th-and-goal from the Lancers 1-yard line – quarterback Holden Stahl was stopped short for no gain.

As the third quarter gave way to the fourth, the Oilers got the ball back at the Lancers 48-yard line following a punt.

Cole was able to cap the drive with a 10-yard run and give Oil City their first lead at 14-12 with just over five minutes to play.

“I got the pitch, and there was a cutback lane. Then I just cut back and ran through the hole for a touchdown,” said Cole.

Trailing for the first time in the game General McLane was able to advance as far as the Oilers 18-yard line. With just over a minute to play, Howe-Jones was caught in the backfield a stripped of the ball with Cam Russell recovering it sealing the win for Oil City.

“It was great because at first, I didn’t know that we had gotten a fumble recovery,” said Cole. “Then the refs signal our ball when they were helping him up, and it was the greatest feeling ever.”

“I’m just as happy as a lamb, and I love it,” said York.

Christian Cole rushed an unofficial 121 yards on 21 carries. He becomes the all-time leading rusher is District 10 history and the district’s first 3000-yard rusher in a season.

“That is just fantastic, he has worked his rear end off just as a lot of the kids have,” said York. “It is just fantastic for him to accomplish that.”

Game Highlights:

Oil City 14 General McLane 12

Score by Quarters

Oil City – 0 6 0 8 – 14

General McLane – 6 6 0 0 – 12

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

GM – Ben Howe-Jones 1 yd run (kick failed), 11:22

Second Quarter

GM – Howe-Jones 74 yd run (kick failed), 5:40

OC – Caleb Bish 62 yd pass from Christian Cole (pass failed), 3:05

Fourth Quarter

OC – Cole 10 yd run (Cole rush), 5:15

Individual Stats

Rushing: Oil City – Christian Cole 21-121, Noah Petro 11-63, Brayden Crocker 1-13, Holden Stahl 7-(-13), Cam Russell 1-(-2), Team 3-(-12). Totals: 44-170. General McLane – Luke Dillen 11-49, Howe-Jones 28-186, Brett Horn 1-3, Billy Jukes 1-3, Dominic West 1-3, Team 1-0. Totals: 43-244.

Passing: Oil City – Stahl 0-for-3, Cole 2-for-2, 74 yards, 1 touchdown. General McLane – Dillen 0-for-2.

Receiving: Oil City – Bish 1-62, Hunter Haun 1-12.

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