The number two jersey of Oil City’s all-time leading rusher Ethen Knox was nowhere to be found.
There did appear to be a Knox doppelgänger wearing number 13 however.
Superstition may have suggested a different number choice for Saturday?
The tailback averages over 200 yards a game and was met at the line of scrimmage or backfield by Bulldog defenders all night long keeping him to under 50 yards in the game. Not many teams have kept him under 50 yards in a possession nevermind a whole game.
On the opening drive, keeping Knox at bay and Oil City penalties set the tone as they went three and out.
Though the Oilers got a quick interception they weren’t able to convert a first down again giving it back to the Bulldogs in excellent field position. A few plays later at 4:23 of the first quarter Meadville's Jacoby Thompson took it in from the four. After the failed extra point it was 6-0.
Moments later MASH quarterback Tate Reichel tossed to Brighton Anderson who scampered 80 yards for the second touchdown of the opening frame. This time they converted on the two-point attempt to go up 14-0.
Penalties once again killed the Oilers on the next drive, turning the ball over on downs.
But things were not going to go the Oiler way no matter what. Jacoby Thompson took the ball around the edge and 64 yards later scored their fourth unanswered touchdown.
From their own 11, Cole Findlay arced one over the Meadville defenders hitting Gavin Stephens in stride for an 89 yards to pay dirt touchdown at 2;38 seconds left in the half. A Knox two-point conversion narrowed the gap to 26-8 going into the half.
They scored once more in the third quarter on a 32-yard pass from Reichel to a wide open Nic Williams.