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If you are from Anywhere, USA, and happened to stumble upon this site, Franklin and Oil City are about eight miles apart along Route 8 in Venango County, Pa. -- which is about halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie in the western part of the state.

Penny Weichel, site editor

pennyweichel@yahoo.com

Covering high school football in Venango County, Pa.

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Brayden Crocker (44) leads interference for Sean Stack in a 2020 game.

Oilers, Knights drop to AAA in football

The new enrollment classifications for the next two years are out and they show both Oil City and Franklin -- and a host of others -- dropping to Class 3A in football.

Joining the Oilers and Knights in AAA are: ancient rival Titusville; recent league rivals Conneaut, Warren, General McLane and Harbor Creek; Hickory, Grove City, Sharon and Slippery Rock from Mercer County; and Ft. LeBoeuf, Fairview, Girard and North East from Erie County.

Neither Oil City nor Franklin have been in the same league as Titusville for years.

Meadville and Corry are the only 4A schools -- Corry by like two students.

There are no 5A schools in District 10.

Cathedral Prep joins McDowell, East and Butler as the only 6A schools -- although Butler two years ago escaped the WPIAL where there are now only five 6A teams -- North Allegheny, Seneca Valley, Mount Lebanon, Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Canon-McMillan.

Proposed regions for football announced

District 10's proposed football regions for the next two years have been posted by the realignment committee, and not without controversy.

Oil City and Franklin have been placed in Region 4 with Titusville, Warren and Meadville, as expected, along with Grove City and Slippery Rock.

Conneaut was moved to Region 3 six Mercer County schools -- Sharon and Hickory and Class 2A Sharpsville, Wilmington, Farrell and Greenville.

Region 5 consists of seven Erie County schools -- 3A General McLane, Harbor Creek, Ft. LeBoeuf, Fairview, Girard and North East along with 4A Corry.

There are six regions in all -- one for the four 6A teams, and the others consisting of 1A/2A schools.

Meanwhile, the PIAA has denied an initial appeal from Farrell to avoid moving from up to 2A.

D-10 is expected to vote Thursday on the new alignments.

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Hoops is here!
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Rocky Grove's Isaac Clayton scored a career-high 39 points in a 71-57 victory Jan. 15 over Mercer. The senior guard was 22-for-22 from the line. The 39 points is second in Venango County this season to Franklin's Easton Fulmer who scored 41 against Clarion-Limestone in December.

Also, inquiring fans may want to know that Franklin's Chuck Snell made 22 straight free throws in 1956, including 20 straight in one game. Don't know off hand who else has been in the zone at the charity stripe in the history of around here, but Clayton has at least 25 in a row in all..

Franklin's Camdon Bashor capped a big three-game week of 58 points and 41 rebounds with an 18-11 line against Sharon.

Fulmer is now No. 3 on the Franklin boys all-time scoring list with 1,312 points, passing Matt Koziara. Fulmer is 40 behind No. 2 Preston Morgan. The late Randy Lynch No. 1 with 1,519.

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Venango County top 20 + 1 scorers through 1.18.22.

(Any bones to pick: pennyweichel@yahoo.com)

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Richard Sayer (Eight&322) snapped this photo during the Franklin-Farrell meet in December. Love the kid's thrill of victory expression.

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There are two other sports during the winter -- wrestling and swimming -- and I don't want to ignore them.

SWIMMING -- The Oil City  and Franklin girls participated in the North East Invitational Jan. 15.

Morgan Stover was a four-event medalist and led the Lady Oilers tov a fourth-place finish among 16 teams.

Alaina Brown won the IM for Franklin, which finished 10th.

Records in duals: both Oil City teams are 4-2, Franklin boys 3-3, Franklin girls 2-4.

WRESTLING -- Five Franklin wrestlers placed in the Howland Invitational Jan. 15. Cael Ziegler, Jonah Heckathorne and Kadin Karns were third in their weight class, and Dallas Ross and Trevor Hamilton took fourths.

Two Cranberry wrestlers won titles in a 16-team tournament in Morgantown, W.Va. They were Dane Wenner (138) and Elijah Brosius (106). Brosius (fifth), Wenner (sixth) and Dylan Fleeger (eighth at 160) placed in the Mid-Winter Classic at IUP on Jan. 8. Brosius is fourth, Wenner fifth and Connor Reszkowski an honorable mention at 126 in the latest Northwest Regional rankings. 

INDOOR TRACK -- Oil City's Baine Snyder set a school indoor record with a 5-2 high jump Jan. 15 at Youngstown State.

Franklin schedule

The FHS field is expected to be refurbished during the off-season. Included in the reno will be a new Knight insignia at midfield and colorful end zones.

2020 Oil City schedule

Few local players
on Region 5 all-stars

Only a handful of local players were named to the Region 5 all-stars voted on by league coaches and released Nov. 24 by the Erie Times News.

Nathan Pfennigwerth was the only Franklin player named to the squad, but the sophomore was first team as both the kicker and punter.

The only other player named to the first team was Oil City sophomore Ethen Knox at defensive back. Knox also made the second team at running back.

Junior Cam Crocker was named to the second team at tight end and the defensive line. The only other Oilers named were sophomores Henry Milford, offensive line, and Kevin Pearsall, punter.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Jordan Young — Meadville — 11 — TE

Ben White — Warren — 12 — WR

Gavin Ennis — Harbor Creek — 12 — WR

John Amon — General McLane — 12 — QB

Khalon Simmons — Meadville — 11 — RB

Griffin Buzzell — Meadville — 12 — RB

Brady Walker — Meadville — 11 — AP

Matt Cassidy — Harbor Creek — 12 — AP

Ruric Douglas — Meadville — 11 — OL

Rhoan Woodrow — Meadville — 11 — OL

Justice Esser — Meadville — 10 — OL

Easton Hultberg — Warren — 12 — OL

Talon Frick — General McLane — 11 — OL

Dillon Mayer — General McLane — 11 — OL

Special teams

Nathan Pfenningwerth — Franklin — 10 — K

Nathan Pfenningwerth — Franklin — 10 — P

Defense

Easton Hultberg — Warren — 12 — DL

Rhoan Woodrow — Meadville — 11 — DL

Ruric Douglas — Meadville — 11 — DL

Nick Krahe — Harbor Creek — 11 — DL

Jordan Young — Meadville — 11 — DL

Brady Walker — Meadville — 11 — LB

Griffin Buzzell — Meadville — 12 — LB

Kody Vega — Warren — 12 — LB

Gage Shaffer — Warren — 12 — LB

Cameron Williamson — Harbor Creek — 12 — LB

John Amon — General McLane — 12 — DB

Khalon Simmons — Meadville — 11 — DB

Toby Charlton — Harbor Creek — 12 — DB

Ethen Knox — Oil City — 10 — DB

Ben White — Warren — 12 — DB

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Gage Shaffer — Warren — 12 — TE

Cam Crocker — Oil City — 11 — TE

Eric Salamonsen — General McLane — 12 — WR

Cayden Wright — Warren — 11 — WR

Eric Dippold — Warren — 10 — QB

Cameron Williamson — Harbor Creek — 12 — RB

Ethen Knox — Oil City — 10 — RB

Dylan Lehmann Conneaut — 12 — AP

Nick Krahe — Harbor Creek — 11 — OL

Mason Burke — Harbor Creek — 12 — OL

Alan McAlister — Warren — 11 — OL

Wilson Spires — General McLane — 11 — OL

Ryan Green — Conneaut — 11 — OL

Henry Milford — Oil City — 10 — OL

Special teams

Kevin Pearsall — Oil City — 10 — P

Defense

Wilson Spires — General McLane — 11 — DL

Mitch DeVore — Harbor Creek — 12 — DL

Cam Crocker — Oil City — 11 — DL

Dillon Mayer — General McLane — 11 — DL

Justice Esser — Meadville — 10 — DL

Alan McAlister — Warren — 11 — DL

Dylan Lehmann — Conneaut — 12 — LB

Matt Cassidy — Harbor Creek — 12 — LB

Brighton Anderson — Meadville — 10 — LB

Magnus Lloyd — General McLane — 11 — LB

Nick Pennucci — Warren — 11 — LB

Skyler Kyanvash — General McLane — 11 — DB

Braden Groover — Conneaut — 12 — DB

Ryan Reichel — Meadville — 10 — DB

Dylan Fedak — Harbor Creek — 12 — DB

Derek McMeans — Warren — 12 — DB

About this site

route8rivalry.com (formerly venangofootball.com) covers the grid doings of Oil City and Franklin high schools in Venango County, Pa. It also includes the football histories of the two schools, which date back to 1896, along with that of Venango Catholic (nee Christian and formerly St. Joseph in Oil City), which dropped the sport in the 1990s. VC has been in co-ops with Oil City and Franklin since then.

This is a Wix site with longtime but former Derrick sports editor Penny Weichel serving as webmaster. She is the former webmaster of ocpafootball.com and franklinpafootball.com, and most of the information found there can be found here. Also added in the last two years is basketball covering all five Venango County schools (Cranberry and Rocky Grove, too) along with some wrestling and swimming.

Contact pennyweichel@yahoo.com if need be.