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Oil City’s Knox Named to MaxPreps Small Town All-America First Team

Oil City's Ethen Knox. File photo by Kelly Malek.

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – Oil City junior Ethen Knox had a season for the ages, and he capped it off with one final postseason award – MaxPreps All-American.

Knox was named a MaxPreps 2022 Small Town First Team All-America at running back on Friday, one of four Pennsylvania players to be chosen on the first team.

Knox had 41 rushing touchdowns, averaging 370.5 yards per game on the ground, and rushed for at least 400 yards in six games, including four in a row from Week 2 through Week 5. That broke a national record for most games with 400-plus yards in a season that was held by current Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry.

Knox was also a ball hawk on defense, recording six interceptions to go along with 63 tackles. In addition to Player of the Year, Knox is also nabbed Individual Performance of the Year as well.

The Oilers went 7-3, advancing to the District 10 Class 3A playoffs.


The other players from Pennsylvania to join Knox on the first team were Central quarterback Jeff Hoenstine, Southern Columbia all-purpose back Braeden Wisloski and Belle Vernon defensive back Quinton Martin.

The full teams can be found here.

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