• Penny Weichel

Not open for debate, Knox's performance vs. Franklin one of greatest in D-10 history

No matter how many yards you want to give him -- and it ranges from 464-492 -- there is no doubt that Oil City sophomore Ethen Knox topped 400 and set a school single-game rushing record against Franklin.

Before the Oct. 1 game, about 40 players in state history have rushed for 400 yards or more in a game. The state and District 10 record belongs to Meadville's Journey Brown, who gained 722 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in the infamous 107-90 game against DuBois on Sept. 11, 2015.

Brown is also one of three players in Pa. history to rush for more than 500 yards in a game. The only other D-10 players to gain 400 yards or more are Harbor Creek's Stephen Blose, 490, in 2015, North East's Garrett Owens, 409, in 2005, and Slippery Rock's Josh Kniess, 406, in 2000 (and also against Franklin). And now, this season, Knox.

Had the game been more competitive, Knox might have broken Brown's record. Knox had only three of his 27 carries in the second half of the 54-8 blowout. (Brown had 29 for the game.)

Oil City has fielded football teams since 1896 -- 125 years, but has never been known for long touchdows runs -- 88 on runs of 60 yards or more, 24 of which have come in the last six years (the Dan York Era), and 159 of 40 yards or more, 58 in the last six years. Christian Cole has 20 of those, followed by Noah Petro 13 and Cam Russell 9. Knox already has 6, more than anyone since before the York Era. Leaders before that: Chris Conway, Kevin Daly and Dave Marczak tied with 5.

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