Dakota Cole broke out into the open and headed up field at full speed. The team on the sidelines realizing this was a big play began stampeding down the sidelines. I followed the action because this, being the fourth quarter, was going to be a big play in this playoff game against Juniata at a neutral field in Altoona.
Sadly that might be the last thing I remember from this historic run by the Oilers.
After hearing this stampede of players, as photographer Eric Elliot would say, the next thing I remember is the athletic trainer staring down at me applying pressure to my head to stop the bleeding.
This game was November 7. This is ten days later and I am just now getting the photos from that game posted now.
I got knocked out.
But enough about that. It's my loss that I didn't see them win last weekend and will not see their game this Friday as they play for the west championship. One win away from the state championship game.
Historic season. A really, really, good football team.
Again gutsy, determined, confident and skilled. They got a first down and ran out the clock to survive another week.
This team moves into the state semifinal game to played Friday night at 7 p.m. against Thomas Jefferson High School who will host the Oilers.(I wanna go, but I can't risk any kind of travel or another even mild noggin knock.)
The Oiler boosters have a raffle going on to help the school with expenses. You can help out by checking on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/oilcityfootball and getting a ticket or two.
If the Oilers defeat the home team they will face the winner the Jersey Shore/Lempeter-Strasburg game for a state title. Both teams are undefeated like the Oilers.
And the team obviosly responded and often do when he asks them to step up.
There is great information from the game and this website is loaded with great insight into the history of the program.
But this is a very good football team. I remember one other state champion team in my twenty plus years, the General Mclane team with Drew Astorino and crew. This team is that good when they are healthy and from what I've seen the last few weeks, their guts and determination are above their talent.
And that is saying something.