ERIE, Pa. – Ethen Knox ran for over 340 yards and five touchdowns and the Oilers defense forced four turnovers as Oil City avenged a regular-season loss with a 51-14 quarterfinal win over North East.
The Grape Pickers took advantage of a Knox-less Oilers team in Week 3 with a 35-0 shutout win. On Friday, Knox proved just how valuable he is to this offense with another signature game.
Oil City marched down the field on the opening possession and Knox punched it in. A 2-point conversion gave the Oilers an 8-0 lead.
North East answered with a scoring drive of its own but chose to kick the extra point to make it 8-7.
Knox scored twice more in the first half to push Oil City ahead, 22-7. North East got a stop on a conversion after the third score and used the momentum to get back in the game.
The Pickers drove down the field and scored to close the gap to 22-14.
The second half was all Oil City.
Knox ran for two more scores and the Oilers’ defense generated three more turnovers to blow the game wide open.
Oil City will take on top-seeded Sharon, a 28-0 winner over Fairview, in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 10 at a time and location to be announced.
(3) GROVE CITY 35, (6) FORT LEBOEUF 0
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Hunter Hohman accounted for all five Eagles touchdowns as Grove City blanked Fort LeBoeuf, 35-0, in their quarterfinal game.
Hohman threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 113 yards and two scores. Gavin Lutz (122) and Nathan Greer (103) were both over 100 receiving yards.
While Hohman and the offense were piling up the yards and points, Grove City’s defense shut down the Bison, limiting Fort LeBoeuf to just 138 total yards.
The Eagles were at first methodical as Hohman’s 2-yard touchdown run capped a 15-play, 85-yard drive to put Grove City in front, 7-0.
The next three scoring drives needed just five plays, combined.
Hohman connected with Clayton Martin for a 63-yard touchdown pass to make it a 2-score game late in the first quarter. Turning to the ground, Hohman broke off an 87-yard run just past the midpoint of the second quarter. Bode Stevenson ran in the conversion to give the Eagles a 21-0 advantage.
Dom Garazrelli picked off Conner McChesney to set the Eagles up deep in Bison territory. Three plays later, Hohman connected with Greer on a 14-yard TD pass.
Grove City ended the scoring on the first possession of the second half when Hohman found Lutz for a 13-yard touchdown.
McChesney led the Bison with 12 carries for 66 yards, he was also 3-12 passing for 30 yards and an interception. Damian Blose had three catches for 25 yards.
Garzarelli added 53 yards on 12 carries for the Eagles, while Martin had two catches for 68 yards and a score.
Grove City will face Hickory, a 44-12 winner over General McLane, in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 10 at a time and location to be announced.
(1) SHARON 28, (8) FAIRVIEW 0
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Tigers pitched their sixth shutout of the season as Sharon defeated Fairview, 28-0, in the District 10 Class 3A quarterfinals.
Fairview had opportunities deep in Sharon territory, but Sharon found a way to keep Fairview out of the end zone.
CC Harrison had a 62-yard touchdown run and finished with 85 total yards (57 rushing, 28 receiving) in the win.
The Tigers scored one touchdown in each quarter from three different players. Cortez Nixon, who finished with 74 yards on the ground, had a 2-yard scoring plunge in the first quarter before Harirson’s second quarter scamper.
In the third quarter it was Mister Ham, who had a team-high 80 yards on the ground, scoring from 11 yards out.
Ham and Harrison capped their game by hooking up on a 14-yard pitch and catch for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Ham also was 8-of-10 through the air for 151 yards, with Angelo Fromm hauling in a pair of passes for 48 yards.
Vinny Campoli had 51 yards rushing on 25 carries for Fairview, while throwing for 132 yards and going 11-of-22. Jacob Harkness had three receptions for 60 yards for the Tigers.
(2) HICKORY 44, (7) GENERAL MCLANE 12
GREENVILLE, Pa. – Four different Hornets scored to help lead Hickory to a 44-12 win over General McLane.
Zander Telesz threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tylon Cousin, had a 15-yard touchdown run and returned an interception 18 yards for a score.
Sean Kennedy (1-yard), Keenan Scullin (6 yards) and Kelvin Morrison (4 yards) all had rushing touchdowns for the Hornets.
Hickory led 23-6 at halftime. Telesz had 78 yards rushing, Morrison 70 and Kennedy 66, while Telesz also threw for 90 yards.
Issac Zietz threw touchdown passes to Caiden Holder (6 yards) and Jared Corwin (20 yards) for GM.