Vintage Helmet and American Football Ball


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

Covering high school football in Venango County, Pa.

Memories were made of these plays (among others)


Cam Russell led the Oilers with 1,483 yards rushing before being sidelined with a wrist injury. His 2,480 career yards ranks No. 5 all-time. He made first team all-state on defense last season and is the Oilers' all-time sack leader. (Richard Sayer/ 8 and322.)

Tribute to the Oilers

This collection of stills by Kelly Malek and videos of the Oilers' 2020 District 10 4A championship team was put together by Warren girls basketball coach Lisa LaVan, wife of Oil City athletic director Tim LaVan. She first posted it on Twitter (at least that's where I saw it.) And it's pretty good...but don't click if you're in the library.

It did work on my laptop, but not as well on my ipad.


(Richard Sayer/8& 322)

They set records, they set records, they set lots and lots of records.

J.T. Stahlman was one of six Oil City seniors to rewrite the record book this season. Read about it HERE. (And junior Brayden Crocker's career tackle record has been corrected to 281, which is what is was to begin with before Max Preps mysteriously lost the 2019 DuBois game and took away 15 stops.) Final stats from the historic 10-1 season in which the OIlers advanced to the state Final Four can be found HERE.

2020 Oilers all-staters

Cameron Russell (left) and Mario Fontanazza were named to both the coaches and writers teams. Both are two-year all-staters; Russell is a repeater from last season, while Fontanazza was named as a sophomore in 2018.


Dakota Cole (left) and Justin Fagley were named to the writers team. Oil City dominated the Region 8 all-stars selected by the coaches, and several were named to the Erie Times News District 10 big school squad. Click here for details. (Those who made Academic team added 2.22.21)

Cranberry's first first team
all-stater in football

Cranberry celebrated Senior Night in boys basketball Feb. 5, and Cameron Russell and J.T. Stahlman, who also are members of the Oil City High School football team, were recognized for their contributions to their school's hoops program. Russell also received a plaque from principal Ritt Smith (left, also an Oiler football assistant coach) and OCHS athletic director Tim LaVan (right) for making first team all-state in football the last two years. Russell is the first first team football all-stater in Cranberry history. (Photo by Kelly Malek)