Ethen Knox Has Record-Setting Night With 464 Yards Rushing in Oil City’s Win Over Rival Franklin

Jared Sullenberger

Jared Sullenberger

Published October 2, 2021 5:44 am

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT/D9) — It only took two offensive plays before Ethen Knox raced down the sideline and into the end zone, opening the scoring party for the Oil City football team Friday night.

(Photos by Richard Sayer/Eight & 322)

Knox had a mammoth night, rushing for a school-record 464 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries in Oil City’s 54-8 win over rival Franklin.

“It’s fun to win any game like that,” said Oiler coach Dan York. “It feels even better when you can beat your rival like that.”

Oil City lined up and dared the Knights to stop the run all night long, rushing the ball 48 times for 571 yards and seven touchdowns.

“The kids were really fired up for this one and they played really well,” said York. “We are still making progress each week and eliminating the little mistakes.”

Arguably one of the longest-standing rivalries in Pennsylvania football, this was the 135th year of the Route 8 Rivalry.

“When you have a school that is only seven miles down the road, that’s what you’re going to get,” said York.

The Knights had a tough time getting anything going offensively, finishing the night with just 143 all-purpose yards.