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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.

Cradle of tight ends

Venango County has produced three tight ends who have played Power 5 football in the last 50 years.

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Lou Fogle -- Franklin/Clemson
Nate Byham -- Franklin/Pitt
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Ben Koyack -- Oil City/Notre Dame
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Ted Marchibroda's Coaching Tree

Bill Belichick, Browns, Patriots

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

Pat Hill Fresno State

Lindy Infante, Packers

Marvin Lewis, Bengals

Eric Mangini, Jets

Jim Schwartz, Lions

Vince Tobin, Cardinals

Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals, Titans

(Those who coached under the former Franklin great)

Source Wikipedia

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Forrey Hall, an Oil City St. Joe graduate, at one time held the NCAA record for kickoff returns average, 38.2 yards for San Francisco (Bill Russell's school) in 1946. He still ranks ninth all-time. Hall later played for the 49ers.

NCAA Kickoff Return Leaders

Coaches make their mark

10 or more wins; three or more seasons

Franklin
Oil City
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Rich Hancox

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Hud Wells

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Dave Stewart

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Paul Stamm

McCullough

Jim McCullough

Trends

OIL CITY

1994-2021 -- 170-117

1940-93 -- 142-321-21 (6 winless seasons; 24-, 18-, 17- and 14-game losing streaks

1896-39 -- 147-112-29

FRANKLIN

1993-2021 -- 104-186 (including 26-95 since 2009)

1958-92 -- 184-116-4

1896-57 -- 152-253-32 (including "post-Marchibroda" stretch of 4-42-4 from 1949-53 and 5-38-5 from 1934-39)