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The Oilers are Gushing After Winning Third Straight D-10 Title @OilersFB @Oil_City_Sports @HarborCreek_FB

Written by: on Sunday, November 1st, 2020

 

The Oil City Oilers haven’t been tested all year, but they expected to be pushed when they met undefeated Harbor Creek Saturday night at The Oil Field in Oil City.  That lasted for one quarter before they put the pedal to the metal and easily flowed to another mercy rule victory in beating the Huskies 51-14 in the D-10 AAAA championship game.

 

All Oil City did was score on their first five drives of the game and on seven out of the eight total drives they had.  With the game tied at 8 after one quarter of play, the Oilers surged with 28 second quarter points to essentially put the game away by halftime.  When coach Dan York was asked if he was happy with the offense’s play, he replied, “Oh yeah, yep, yep, yep.  We did what we usually do.”

Oil City defense. Good coverage. Result: sack.

The Oilers all-state running back, Cam Russell, rushed for 135 yards on 19 carries, but Sean Stack was the star of the show against Harbor Creek.  Mr. Stack continued to find seams and zipped through the Husky defense like a hot knife through butter.  In showcasing his quickness, #24 scored four touchdowns and came within a yard of notching a fifth.  He was the game’s leading rusher with 198 markers on just 12 totes.

Coach York had this to say about Stack, “Sean is a fantastic running back, unfortunately we have Cam Russell.  Sean is a great kid, a weight room warrior.  He is quick as a cat.  His feet are quick.  We do quickness drills in the offseason and he always wins those quickness drills.”

Another feature in the offensive arsenal is QB Holden Stahl, who was 4 of 6 for 95 yards and two TDs on the evening.  Stahl has been so good this year he threw his first interception of the year against the Huskies.  He is also part of the devastating Oiler running game.  A lot of credit for the win also goes the offensive line play.  The big uglies gave their quarterback all kinds of time when he passed and they opened up more holes in the defense than there are in swiss cheese.

The Oilers first score came on a Stahl to J.T. Stahlman 52-yard pass to complete the 2-play 64-yard drive.  Harbor Creek countered by going 63 yards in 10 plays.  Their leading rusher for the season and the night, Cameron Williamson caught a 25-yard pass from QB Casey Smith for the touchdown.  Both teams tacked on two-point conversions lending to the 8 to 8 score after one quarter.

Stahl’s 12-yard TD toss to Dakota Cole early in the second gave the home team the lead for good at 14-8.  With the Oiler defense keeping the Huskies’ offense on a leash, Oil City continued to explode offensively.  In the span of 6 minutes and 22 seconds Stack scored three times on runs of 78, 33, and 6 yards giving the ‘Big Blue’ the huge advantage by halftime.

He scored his fourth touchdown with 18 seconds left in the third quarter on a 3-yard plunge after Smith found Austin Vaughn for a 17-yard Harbor Creek TD.  The Oilers scored their final TD in the fourth quarter on a Zac Kiefer one-yard dive.

Notes and Quotes: “We knew coming in, Harbor Creek is a good team, of course they were undefeated.  They throw the ball all over the place which is always scary when you’re on defense, especially when you lose your leading tackler,” stated Coach York.  He was referring to Brayden Crocker who was injured last week.  To Coach York’s point, Casey Smith completed 20 of 32 passes for 145 yards and 2 TDs for the Huskies.  Cody Smith and Austin Vaughn both had 7 catches to lead the Harbor Creek receivers.  Harbor Creek’s record drops to 7-1 for the year.

York added one more comment, “This is a great group of kids.”  Oil City raised their record to 8-0 and will play Juniata, who is 5-1, next week at a site and date to be determined.  It was refreshing to see the Oil City band perform before the game and at halftime.  With the Covid thing, many band performances this year have been nixed.  Among their playlist were the Twisted Sister anthem ‘We’re Not Going Take It’ and Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing.’

 

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