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Oil City RB Knox in Rare Air as Possibly Only 3-time 400-yard Rusher in PA History

Ethen Knox. File photo by Kelly Malek.

OIL CITY, Pa. – Oil City junior Ethan Knox is believed to be the first running back in Pennsylvania High School history with three 400-yard rushing games and the first with back-to-back 400-yard games.

Records show 48 players in Commonwealth history to rush for 400 yards in a game but only two to do it at least twice, Knox and Eastern York’s Alex Cooley (2012).

Cooley did not do it in back-to-back games, something Knox accomplished the last two weeks with 402 yards against Corry and then again last week with 445 yards against North East. Knix also ran for 477 yards last year against Franklin, Oil City’s opponent this Friday.

The list of players in PIAA history to rush for 400 yards in a game includes former NFL star LeSean McCoy (404 yards for Bishop McDevitt in 2003), former New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski (409 yards for Southern Columbia in 2004), and former Meadville and Penn State standout Journey Brown, who had a state-record 722 yards in a 107-90 win against DuBois in 2015.

           

Knox’s 383.7 yards per game currently ranks tops in the negation among teams that keep stats on MaxPreps, and his 1,151 total rushing yards ranks third nationally. He has 16 rushing TDs and 17 total TDs on the year.

List of known 400-yard rushers in PA

500 Alex Cooley Eastern York 2012
495 Alex Cooley Eastern York 2012
417 Alex Holland Curwensville 2010
448 Austin Miele Mars 2010
402 Austin Scott Parkland 2002
409 Brad Mueller Mars 2002
419 Brandon Payne Woodland Hills 1998
406 Brandon Real West York 2008
409 Brian Baschnagel North Allegheny 1971
433 Charles Snorweah Pennsbury 2014
408 Chris Kubaugh Hanover Area 2007
404 Cole Chiappialle Blackhawk 2012
422 Colin McDermott Allentown Central Catholic 2012
463 Dayjure Stewart York Wm. Penn 2018
421 Dominic Bragalone South Williamsport 2013
480 Duane Brown Apollo-Ridge 2015
524 Dylan Rush Mapletown 2017
403 Eric Reynolds Central Bucks South 2007
477 Ethen Knox Oil City 2021
445 Ethen Knox Oil City 2022
402 Ethen Knox Oil City 2022
414 Fred Glasgow Northern Bedford County 1973
409 Garrett Owens North East 2015
409 Henry Hynoski Southern Columbia 2004
440 Jaeden Zuzek California 2020
411 James Rockymore Quaker Valley 2002
403 James Savage Jr Upper Dauphin 2000
405 Jesse Capriotti New Hope-Solebury 2017
413 Jim Smith Laurel Highlands 1989
406 Josh Kniess Slippery Rock 2000
722 Journey Brown Meadville 2015
404 LeSean McCoy Bishop McDevitt 2003
455 Marcus Furman Connellsville 2000
446 Matt Steve Hempfield Area 1999
410 Michael Recchiuti Downingtown 2000
424 Mike Vernillo Fort Cherry 1997
410 Nassir Weaver Lancaster Catholic 2014
426 Rashaad Williams Central Bucks West 2010
453 Reed Marko Germantown Academy 2007
442 Roman Clay Lancaster Catholic 2012
401 Romello Snyder Northgate 2015
488 Stephen Blose Harbor Creek 2005
401 Steve Ling Conemaugh Valley  2008
429 “Toad “”The Toad”” Miller” Penn Hills 2007
405 Trey Robinson Wilson Area 2011
439 Vincent Clark Darby Township High 1979
413 Zach Barket Schuylkill Haven 2008
492 Zane Dudek Armstrong 2016

 

 

 

           

 

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