10 to Remember: No. 10, 9/19/86 - Tate’s Emmons puts on air show

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 05:00 PM.

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.

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