Oil City goes back-to-back
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Oil City ground out a hard-fought 9-7 win over Meadville Friday night to win the school’s second straight District 10 5A title.
“It feels great and is just fantastic to be back-to-back champions,” said Oil City head coach Dan York. “I can’t express my feelings. The first time you win it, you feel it a little more. This one doesn’t feel any less significant, a lot of hard work went into it and football is a grind.”
The game that was a far cry from their matchup one month ago won by the Oilers 34-33. Both teams combined for 68 points and over 800 yards of total offense on that October 4th night.
On Friday night, it was a turnover followed by some trickeration in the third quarter that led to the game’s defining play.
Trailing 7-3 late in the third quarter, Meadville was faced with a 2nd-down at their 22-yard line. On the ensuing play, a bad exchange between quarterback Landon Beck and runningback Chandler Edwards allowed Mario Fontanazza to fall on the loose ball.
One play later, York went into his bag tricks, and tailback Noah Petro threw a halfback option pass to a wide-open JT Stahlman for a 20-yard touchdown giving the Oilers a 9-7 lead.
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“Our offensive coordinator Dave Skinner looked at me after we recovered the fumble and said, what do you think about a halfback pass,” said York. “I told him yes, let’s go ahead and try it. Noah kept his composure and made a great throw.”
Two possessions earlier, the Bulldogs had taken the lead when Beck threw up the 3rd-and-13 prayer to Hayden Parks, who made a great adjustment on the ball and took it 96 yards for a touchdown.
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Outside of the touchdown pass, the Oilers held the Bulldogs in check, surrendering just 144 yards of offense, including only 134 on the ground.
“I thought our defense played great,” said York. “Outside of that one pass, we were able to get things right, and the kids played hard. We knew already that Meadville is a great team.”
Meadville was able to get a drive going in the fourth quarter. Only to have it snuffed out as Beck scrambled for only two yards on a 4th-and-3 to the Oilers 23-yard line with just under five minutes to play.
Needing to run out the clock, the Oilers made to huge plays to secure the win.
Holden Stahl rushed for 22 yards on a 3rd-and-3, while Noah Petro broke free for a 30-yard gain to the Bulldogs 1-yard line on a 4th-and-1 play.
Petro had a game-high 105 yards on 23 carries, Stahl chipped in with 43 yards on nine attempts and also completed 3-of-6 passes for 38 yards.
“Noah is a tough kid, he started five games for me as a freshman,” said York. “I feel the world about Noah. He’s a tough, hard-nosed kid. Holden played great as well, and he did not turn the ball over. That is the best thing he does for us.”
Neither offense got much going in the first half.
Oil City took a 3-0 lead into the locker room thanks to Max Lantona’s 36-yard field goal to close the first half. A 29-yard Stahl to Stahlman pass highlighted the drive.
The Oilers defenses held tough the lone scare Meadville made in the first half as the Bulldogs fumbled a 4th-and-2 play from Oil City 5-yard line.
“Both offenses took a beating from the defenses,” said Meadville head coach Ray Collins. “This was a great football game. That one play on the halfback pass got us, they had it in their back pocket and waited for the right time to use it.”
Oil City now moves on to play Hollidaysburg. The Golden Tigers will be coming off a bye week, and spot a 6-4 record.
“I’m happy for Oil City and coach York,” said Collins. “They’re undefeated, and they play some good football. Our kids came out and showed they could play some good football too.”
Oil City 9 Meadville 7
Score by Quarters
Meadville – 0 0 7 0 – 7
Oil City – 0 3 6 0 – 9
OC – Max Latona 36 yd field goal, 0:00
M – Hayden Parks 96 yd pass from Landon Beck, (Sam Burchard pat), 7:04
OC – JT Stahlman 20 yd pass from Noah Petro, (kick failed), 2:16
Rushing: Meadville – Aryan Cotterman 15-68, Parks 13-48, Chandler Edwards 3-5, Beck 6-17, Team 2-(-4). Totals: 39-134. Oil City – Noah Petro 23-105, Zac Kiefer 3-15, Cam Russell 4-10, Holden Stahl 9-43, Team 3-(-3). Totals: 42-170.
Passing: Meadville – Beck 2-for-4, 106 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Oil City – Stahl 3-for-6, 38 yards, Petro 1-for-1, 20 yards, 1 touchdown.
Receiving: Meadville – Parks 1-96, Brody Beuchat 1-10. Oil City – Stahlman 2-49, Petro 1-4, Dakota Cole 1-5.
Interceptions: Oil City – Cole.
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