Oil City Oilers
Coach (season, record): Matt LaVerde (5th season, 23-20)
2011 overall record: 3-7
2011 region record (place): 1-5 (sixth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs
Top players lost: Mike Moon, Devin Wolbert, Blake Hadley, Jake Rankin
Top returning players: Sam Owoc, Kevin Daly, Jesse Rice, Logan Way, Jericho Hartle, Logan Johnson, Quenton Reed, Taylor Stamm
Assistant coaches: Matt Miller, Chris Delmonaco, Tim Reed, Nick Woods, Eric Cole, Bundy Fulmer, Blaine Gold, Billy Keely, Brian Yeager, Scott Roberts
Outlook: Oil City struggled last fall with three wins and some missed opportunities. The Oilers had minimal graduation losses and could be tough this season. Oil City has to replace all-district lineman Mike Moon along with Devin Wolbert, Blake Hadley and Jake Rankin. Moon was voted to the all-region first team on the offensive and defensive lines. On defense, he had 42 tackles and one sack. Wolbert had 67 1/2 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks last fall. Hadley could be the biggest loss after throwing for 719 yards and five touchdowns last fall. One of Hadley’s top targets was Rankin, who had 23 catches for 304 yards and one touchdown.
Sam Owoc, Kevin Daly, Jesse Rice, Logan Way, Jericho Hartle, Logan Johnson, Quenton Reed, Taylor Stamm are back to lead an experienced Oil City team. Rice was voted to the second team at wide receiver after catching 32 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore. Daly and Owoc are top returning rushers this season. Daly ran for 402 yards and five touchdowns on 88 carries, while Owoc had 61 carries for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Way is back to anchor the wide receivers after collecting 13 catches for 247 yards in 2011. The Oilers will have a quarterback competition in camp to replace Hadley. Seniors Taylor Stamm and Mitchell Eberle along with junior Trent Zdarko will be in the competition. Also, a wild card to earn the starting job could be Colton Cunningham. He started for A-C Valley as a sophomore and has varsity experience.
Oil City entered a co-op with Cranberry to boost its numbers. The Oilers have enough experience returning this season to bounce back in Region 5. Oil City opens the season against Corry before two tough road games at Bradford and General McLane. The Oilers’ toughest stretch comes in the middle of the season against DuBois, Warren and Meadville.
31 Corry 7
7 at Bradford* 7
14 at General McLane 7
21 DuBois* 7
28 at Warren* 7
5 Meadville* 7
12 Titusville 7
19 at Karns City 7
26 Slippery Rock* 7
2 at Franklin* 7
*Region 5 games
– Tom Reisenweber