Part I in a series counting down the 10 most memorable performances in the history of Tommy Oliver Stadium
It needs to be understood up front that in 1986, Mosley was en route to becoming a very good football team.
A roster of seasoned juniors and seniors eventually would win nine consecutive games to start the season under first-year head coach George Cochran. The Dolphins became known for a staunch running game and a stingy defense.
In the second week of the regular season, however, those were unknowns when Gonzalez Tate entered Tommy Oliver Stadium. What ensued was 84 total points and a combined 853 yards. Be reminded, this was September, 1986, long before spread offenses stretched defenses into defending the entire field and final scores sometimes resembled basketball games.
Mosley’s defense and running game were prominent as the Dolphins weren’t seriously threatened after building a 35-7 lead late in the second quarter against Tate, but the Aggies and quarterback Mike Emmons never stopped competing.
As a result, Emmons topped all prep quarterbacks in the state that season compiling 412 yards passing against the Dolphins. He completed 30 of 43 attempts, two of them for touchdowns against one interception.
Emmons also added a rushing touchdown as the Aggies got within 35-28 after three quarters before Mosley answered by punching in two quick touchdowns to restore a 21-point lead.
“We knew they could pass,” Cochran said. “We were just hoping to hang onto it and have some drives.
“They came out with so many formations that we couldn’t double cover. We had to go one-on-one and hope for the best.”
Most times, Emmons made the Dolphins pay, pinpointing Charlie Wilson 11 times alone for 173 yards.
The News Herald story the following day:
But there was Emmons rolling right, drifting in the pocket, dropping straight back and firing to six different receivers who lined up everywhere but in the Mosley huddle.
Mosley rushed for 300 yards and got two rushing touchdowns apiece from Keba Wilson, Tony Brown and Steve Majure.
To put the offensive output in perspective, Bay County teams seldom passed more than 10 to 15 times per game during the 1980s, preferring to control the ball on the ground.
Mosley just didn’t have an answer for Emmons on this night, yet wasn’t about to apologize for opening its season 2-0 after not surpassing that win total in all of 1985.
Next: In No. 9, 5-for-5 is pretty good in football, too.