6 Oiler seniors leave with records
Sean Stack, Dakota Cole, Zac Kiefer, Holden Stahl and Cam Russell gather around the Route 8 Rivalry trophy.
(This article originally appeared in the Nov. 26, 2020, edition of The Derrick and The News Herald. One correction since its publication, though. Max Preps giveith and Max Preps taketh away. The article in the paper said junior Brayden Crocker has 266 career tackles. That's what Max Preps had him for at the end of the season. But MP mysteriously took away the 15 tackles he made in the 2019 DuBois game. So Crocker's school record tackle total has been corrected to 281. -- which is what I had him for to begin with.
Six seniors on Oil City’s District 10 championship football team – Mario Fontanazza, J.T. Stahlman, Dakota Cole, Cam Russell, Justin Fagley and Ashlee Douglas -- broke or tied school records this season.
The records were:
Fontanazza – tackles for loss in a season (13) and in a career (30)
Stahlman – highest average per reception in a season (35.3) and in a career (32.3)
Cole – career interceptions (12)
Russell – career sacks (29.5). Russell broke the season record for sacks in 2019 with 18.5.
Fagley – four sacks in a game
Douglass -- most tackles in a game by a girl (4) and in a season (6). When she took the field against Southern Lehigh last season, she became the first girl in OCHS history to appear in a PIAA interdistrict playoff game.
Junior Brayden Crocker, whose season was ended by injury for the second consecutive years, broke the modern career record for career tackles. He has 266 with another year to go. Fontanazza just missed overtaking Crocker before he graduated, finishing with 263. Christian Cole, a senior on the 2018 team, held the previous record with 238.
Crocker had 66 tackles before his injury and was looking to make 100 stops – as he did as a sophomore in 2018 when he registered 122, second only to Kris Tawney’s 125 in 2002. Meanwhile, Russell, who had 100 tackles as a junior, just missed the 200 club for a career with 191.
Senior linebacker Zac Kiefer ended up leading the team this season with 93, and had 198 for his career.
Fontanazza also had 20 sacks in his career to tie Mason Marsh (2004) for third in the all-time list and eight this season to land in a five-way tie for sixth (along with Russell).
Fagley got to the quarterback 14 times this season to tie Max Latona for No. 2 on the all-time list. His four sacks in the second game against Franklin tied a school record, already shared by Nick Woods (2000) and Mike Hamilton (1970).
Latona graduated last spring with the career record in sacks with 24 before Russell broke it.
Fontanazza registered his 13th TFL this season when he nailed a Thomas Jefferson ball carrier for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter of Friday’s game. Sam Gatesman, who last played on the 2015 team, held the old record with 12.5; Gatesman also held the old standard for highest yards per catch in a career with 22.6.
Stahlman averaged 29 yards per catch last year.
Cole had six picks in each of the last two seasons to wind up with 12. Scott Kaminske (1996) had the old record with 10, and still holds the season mark with eight.
Russell, who missed the last three games with a wrist injury, ran for 1,483 yards this season, No. 4 all-time. His 12.7 average yards per carry is the best of anyone who posted a 500-yard campaign. (The record-setting Cole averaged 10.7 yards two years ago.) Russell ran for 2,480 yards in his career, good for No. 5 all-time behind Cole, Noah Petro, Kevin Daly and Kevin Kresinski.
Russell’s 20 touchdowns this season tied Daly (2013) for sixth all-time, and his 28 career TDs tied Logan Way (2013) for seventh place.
Russell’s “understudy,” Sean Stack, ran for 857 yards, breaking into the top 20. Stack is the 20th Oiler to join the 1,000 club for career yards. He ran for 1,072.
Stack’s 13 touchdowns got him into the Top 20, matching Dallas Williams (2010), Kresinski (1999), Paul “The Thin Man” Magee (1936), Johnny Waitkus (1931) and Ray Vaughn (1924).
Better Call Stahl
Now, for Holden Stahl, a three -year starter at quarterback who in between handing off for about 11,000 yards to Cole, Petro, Crocker, Russell, Stack and Zac Kiefer, finished his career with 3,551 yards total offense, averaging only 11 plays per game.
He is believed to be the only quarterback in Oil City history to run for 1,000 yards. He passed for 1,214 yards this season (No. 10 all-time) and 2,265 In his career, fourth behind only Mark Kulinski, Jackson McFall and Chris Delmonaco.
His 24 career touchdowns tied Morgan “Mo” Hadley (2015) for No. 10 all-time. And as for scoring passes, his 13 this year is No. 9 all-time and the 22 for his career tied him for No. 5 with Brandon Hall (2001).
Stahl was responsible for 24 touchdowns in 2020 and 46 for his career. Both are No. 4 all-time; only Cole and McFall are ahead of him on both lists. Stahl threw only two INTs in his career in 160 attempts.
What’s more, the 6-2, 215-pounder played safety on defense and racked up 194 tackles in his career. Kiefer, Stahl and Russell probably all would have passed 200 tackles if it hadn’t been for the pandemic-shortened season.
Fontanazza is the only interior lineman to start for all three District 10 championship teams, although he missed the tail end of his sophomore season with an injury. He was on the field for about14,000 yards total offense for those squads.
This year, he teamed with classmates A.J. Angros, Jayson Weilacher, Lucas DeGroat and Seth Yeager, along with Braydon Crocker and his sophomore brother Cam Crocker up front to help the Oilers average 343 yards per game – down from the last two years (447 in 2018 and 378 in 2019) – but with more touchdowns (73) in fewer games. The Oilers scored 55 TDs in 2019 and 68 in 2018.
Editor’s note -- This is how I figured “handoff” yards for Stahl and “on the field” yards for Fontanazza:
For Stahl, I subtracted his rushing yards and didn’t include yards for reserves because he probably wasn’t in the game when they were playing.
For Fontanazza, I only used his last three years – when OC won D-10. I subtracted the two games he missed in 2018 along with yards by reserves. I included both rushing and passing for his total.
In other words, you get the idea.