4 Oilers, 2 Knights named to

District 10 Big School all-stars

Noah Petro

Max Latona

Ian Haynes

Mario Fontanazza

Cameron Russell

Dalton Buckley

Petro named D-10 Big School co-Player of Year

Post-season honors keep coming in for Oil City's Noah Petro, who was named District 10 Big School co-Player of the Year Dec. 15 by the staff of the Erie Times News.

Petro, a 2,000-yard RB and one of the school's all-time touchdown leaders, joined three teammates on the squad: OL Mario Fontanazza and school record-setting DEs Cameron Russell (single-season saclks with 18.5 plus 100 tackles and Max Latona (career sacks 24 plus 12 TFL this season.)

Franklin's record-setting QB, senior Ian Haynes, was named to the squad along with his favorite receiver, senior Dalton Buckley (80-1,345, 14 TDs). Haynes, who passed for 9,471 yards in his four-year career (No. 7 all-time in state history) shared QB with McDowell's  Chris Juchno. Haynes is District 10's all-time leading passer.

Petro, also a four-year starter, shared Player of the Year honors with Cathedral Prep's all-purpose back Jaelen Carson.

(Petro (more than 3,000 career yards and 200 tackles) and Fontanazza  are repeat selections from 2018. Petro was named an all-purpose defensive performer last season, while Fontanazza, only a junior, was picked as a defensive lineman. He spearheaded a line that paved the way for more than 4,000 yards rushing and is among Oil City's all-time leader in tackles, sacks and TFLs over the last 20 years.

Earlier, nine players from Oil City's Region 7 and District 10 Class 5A championship team and six from Franklin were named to the Region 7 all-star squad, which was announced Nov. 28 by the ETN.

Headlining the local picks was Petro, voted Payer of the Year by the league's coaches.

Petro was named a first team running back. Also making the first team from Oil City's 12-1 squad were OL-DL Fontanazza, APB Russell (774 yards rushing), DL Latona, soph LB Brayden Crocker (already 220 career tackles and junior DB Holden Stahl (108 tackles in 2019). Crocker's 2019 season was cut short by injury.

Fontanazza is a repeat two-way first team pick, believed to be the first ever from Oil City.

Joining them on the first team were Haynes, Buckley and two more Franklin players, junior WR Cade Adams (57-854) and senior punter George Coon (37.1 average). 

Oil City's second team picks were Crocker at TE (564 yards from scrimmage and 4 TD plays of 80 yards or more), junior OL A.J. Angros, Latona as a punter (31.0 average plus two clutch FGs in the playoffs), senior LB Caleb Bish (78 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 TFL, 2 INTs) and junior DB Dakota Cole (67 tackles, 6 INTs).

Senior OL Josh Nettles, senior DB Eli Stewart (77 tackles and 792 yards from scrimmage) and Coon (4 FGs with a long of 42 yards) as a placekicker made the second team from Franklin. Nettles, a two-year, two-way regular, is another player whose season was cut short by injury.

Petro made the first team last season as a LB. Haynes was on the first team in 2017 before settling for second team last year behind Warren's Jake Kupchella.

Holden Stahl

Brayden Crocker

Cade Adams

George Coon

Caleb Bish

Eli Stewart

Dakota Cole

Josh Nettles

A.J. Angros

Haynes, Petro,
Russell named
to all-state teams

Another all-state team was announced Jan. 2 and this one contained two Oil City players -- junior Cameron Russell and senior Noah Petro.

Russell was named first team outside linebacker and Petro second team slot/Hback on the Pennyslvania Football News Coaches Select 5A squad.

Franklin senior Ian Haynes was the only player out of District 10 picked to the Pa. Writers team announced Dec. 27.

This is the highest accolade ever for Russell, a Cranberry student who had 100 tackles and 18.5 sacks for the Region 7 and District 10 champion Oilers. 

And, too, it's the highest ever for the versatile Petro who last year had 100 tackles and this year more than 2,000 yards rushing. His 98-yard run turned the momentum around in the first Meadville game and his 20-yard TD pass to J.T. Stahlman decided Meadville II.

Oil City also had two selections on the inaugural Coaches Select team in 2018 -- 3,000 yard RB Christian Cole and DT Mario Fontanazza.

But Fontanzza, a junior, didn't make the team this season. 

Meanwhile, Haynes was one of four quarterbacks picked to the Writers' (Associated Press) team, making the squad for the third straight year. 

He finished his stellar four-year career with 9,471 yards passing , a District 10 record that ranks No. 7. in Pennsylvania all-time.

The other three QBs on the Writers' team were Manheim Central's Evan Simon, a Rutgers recruit, along with New Oxford's Brayden Long and Warwick's Joey McCracken.

The first team QBs on the Coaches' team were Simon and McCracken, a junior who threw for more than 2,900 yards. Second teamers were Long and Penn-Trafford's Gabe Dunlap.

Cocalico's Noah Palm, a S/QB, was named Player of the Year on both teams, mainly for his defensive prowess. 

Apparently 240 of 567 coaches participated in the coaches' voting. PFN called that "a great number" for only the second year. The publication would like to see "100 more" next year.

18 named to
Pa. Football News
All-Academic team

Eighteen players were named to the Pennsylvania Football News All-Academic team (lists of hundreds of players), released Feb. 9. ​T

Oil CITY -- (Gold, 4.0 or better)  Mario Fontanazza and Zac Kiefer, (Silver, 3.5-3.9) Brayden Crocker, Dylan Socha-Kachik, Sean Stack, Holden Stahl and J.T. Stahlman and (Bronze, 3.0-3.4) A.J. Angros, Caleb Bish, Cam Crocker, Lucas Lingo,  Noah Petro, Jason Weilacher and Seth Yeager.

FRANKLIN -- (Bronze) Cade Adams, Ian Haynes, Josh Nettles and Eli Stewart.