If you are from Anywhere, USA, and happened to stumble upon this site, Franklin and Oil City are about eight miles apart along Route 8 in Venango County, Pa. -- which is about halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie in the western part of the state.
Penny Weichel, site editor
TALES OF TWO CITIES
2020 OCHS ROSTERS/STATS
2020 FHS ROSTER/STATS
2020 PLAYOFFS/STANDINGS ETC.
STUFF THAT WAS IN THE PAPER (or not)
CHARTS OF INTEREST
It's true. Rocky Grove once had a football team!
It began with a win against Pleasantville in 1914-15.
The first and last of former FHS coach Dave Smith's all-decade teams
Found these figures in The News-Herald from 1936-37 when I was doing my original Franklin site.
A little about Rolland "Bay" Lawrence a star in the 1960s for Franklin who played in the NFL.
Father of American football rules in favor of Franklin in a dispute with Greenville.
OCHS grad has Ohio high school team in playoffs year-in and year-out.
The first game under the lights in Venango County was hosted by St. Joe, which was playing Stoneboro at Oil City's West End Grounds in 1931.
That first night game was also the first game ever for St. Joe.
The former FHS star flirted with the pros, but had a successful high school coaching career in the Carolinas after starring for Clemson.
Two FHS guards from the 1960s, Paul Beals and Fred Blackhurst were first-team all-state guards.
Charlie Winger won three state championships for Oil City in the early 1950s, He's pictured here with coach John Kaufman.
He later starred at Grove City College -- he's one of the guys in the photo above -- and held the OCHS record for 53 years.
He played QB in the NFL after being drafted by the Steelers and was Coach of the Year for the Colts in 1975.
Oil City's Adam Lehnortt and Ben Lynch both starred for West Virginia in the early 2000s.
Nate Byham's pro career was cut short by knee problems. He starred at Pitt after graduating from Franklin. He is an assistant coach at Albany.
The times won't wow you from an inter-school meet held in 1899 at the OC Fairgrounds.
Rocky Grove had two state track champions in 1959 -- Bob Flickner (left) and DeWitt Green.
Oil City's Dave Detar wrestled for and coached at Penn State in the early 1920s.
Former five-star tight end Ben Koyack of Oil City played at Notre Dame and then enjoyed a brief career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jim Shaughnessy was a first-team all-state running back for Oil City in 1964.
After starring at Oil City St. Joe and in college, Forrey Hall played on the 1948 San Francisco 49ers, accumulating 966 all-purpose yards
For years, he was just "C." Shields.
The guys who were good back in the day.
Probably the Greatest Oiler Ever in hoops.
Former Oil City High star played on Princeton's "Team of Destiny' in 1922.