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Most photos on this site by Richard Sayer, Eight&322.com

Been doing some housekeeping. Some material has been moved to Newspaper Articles. Blog eliminated.

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Ethen Knox

Oil City High School's
record-breaking
All-American, All-Stater
and Coaches 3A Select
Player of the Year

His sensational junior season:

  • Max Preps Small Town All-American

  • 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

All-state Cam Crocker headed to West Point!

Cam Crocker announced Jan. 9 that he's headed to United States Military Academy at West Point where he will play football for the Black Knights.

He signed his letter-of-intent on Feb. 1.

It is believed Crocker, a 6-4, 285-pound tackle, will be the first Oiler to play football for a service academy!

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LOOKING PROUD: The Crocker family of (from left) dad Mike, brother Brayden, Cam and mother Missy.

Cam Crocker is pictured at signing day festivities with (clockwise from upper left) assistant coaches Nate Neely and Dave Skinner and head coach Dan York.

The file on the senior two-way lineman (6-4, 285) and tight end:

  • Pa. Football Writers all-state OL

  • Jim Kelly YDL network all-D-10 OL

  • Erie Times News small school all-D-10 OL

  • D10 Offensive POY nominee by ETN

  • Mr. Pa. Football Terrific 10 Linemen (1A-3A)

  • Region 4 first team OL/DL

  • Started a school record 42 straight games

  • Oilers averaged 323 yards rushing during his career

  • 98 career tackles

But one visit, and that was it.

Mike Kilroy of exploreVenango tells the story.

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About This Site

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.

route8rivalry.com (formerly venangofootball.com) covers the grid doings of Oil City and Franklin high schools in Venango County. 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 and other fall/spring sports.

Contact pennyweichel@outlook.com if need be.

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