Ever since Oil City scored on a 2-point conversion to get a 34-33 win over Meadville back on Oct. 5, the Bulldogs wanted another shot at the Oilers.
Now Meadville gets its chance for revenge on the biggest stage. The Bulldogs and Oilers meet tonight at Franklin Stadium with the District 10 Class 5A title on the line.
Both teams had to win a game to get to the championship and each team won with relative ease in the semifinals. At Franklin Stadium, Oil City ran past General McLane 42-7 while Meadville beat Warren 48-7 in its game at Edinboro’s Sox Harrison Stadium.
In that first meeting, Meadville needed to rally back from an early 20-6 effort. The Bulldogs scored three straight touchdowns to take a 26-20 lead with some effective running from quarterback Landon Beck.
From there, the ’Dogs and Oilers traded touchdowns. Aryan Cotterman ran in from 23 yards out to give Meadville a 33-26 lead with 3:40 left in the game. But that proved to be plenty of time for Oil City. Petro scored on a 10-yard rush and then got the conversion for the win.
The Bulldogs will probably get another large dose of Petro in tonight’s matchup. The running back leads District 10 in both yards and touchdowns this season. On 218 touches, Petro has 1,829 yards and 25 touchdowns. He averages 8.4 yards per carry.
From there, three other players factor into the rushing attack. Cameron Russell is the typical spell back. He’s gained 641 yard and scored six touchdowns. Brayden Crocker adds 406 yards and four touchdown runs.
Quarterback Holden Stahl has seven TDs and 420 rushing yards to go with his 624 yards passing. Stahl is efficient with seven passing scores and no interceptions.
Junior wide receiver J.T. Stahlman is the top pass-catcher with 11 catches for 342 yards and four TD receptions.
Defensively, the Oilers are just as stout holding teams to 18.3 points per game.
Meadville is also based heavily in the rushing attack. Fullback Aryan Cotterman leads the team with 1,374 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The wingbacks Hayden Parks and Chandler Edwards work off of Cotterman. Parks has 963 yards and 11 touchdowns while Edwards has 582 yards and nine scores.
Dual-threat quarterback Landon Beck is 27 for 57 for 629 yards. He has 10 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. On the ground, Beck adds 494 yards with seven touchdowns.
Parks is especially dangerous out of the backfield as a receiver. He’s caught 17 passes for 544 yards with eight receiving scores either running by defenders or winning jump balls downfield.
The winner of tonight’s game takes on District 6 champion Holidaysburg at St. Francis University on Nov. 8.