Part VII in a series counting down the 10 most memorable performances in the history of Tommy Oliver Stadium
There are comebacks, and there are crusades.
There are great high school football games, and there are those special nights in the fall impossible to comprehend unless you were there.
And difficult even then.
Bay’s 32-30 win over Mosley on Friday night was all that for more than 5,000 fans at Tommy Oliver Stadium. In short, it was a game to be treasured for the drama, effort, improbability and purity of competition.
That was the beginning of the story that was published the following day in The New Herald after the two county squads met during the second week of the regular season.
It was an uphill struggle for Mosley, which trailed nearly the entire game after it snapped the ball through the end zone for a first-quarter safety and fell behind as much as 16-0.
The Dolphins didn’t take their first lead until 3:25 remained when running back Enrique Davis, who rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns, went over from the 8.
It was 30-23 at that stage, and Bay quarterback Bert Reed took over from there. Like Davis, Reed later would be a Division I standout. On this night, he rushed for 174 yards and passed for 144.
Reed passed 38 yards to D.J. Davenport, 19 to Jake Sostheim and rushed over from the 2 with 51 seconds left. Trailing 30-29, the Tornadoes elected to try and win the game outright, but Mosley defensive back John Darwin stopped LaDarious Hand inches short of the goal line and the Dolphins retained the lead.
Reed, who normally didn’t participate on special teams, came on to attempt an onside kick. It turned over perfectly for him and Davenport leaped to snare the ball at Mosley’s 44.
Reed went back to work, even as Mosley inserted Davis at linebacker in an attempt to rein in Reed’s scrambles.
Reed escaped for a 22-yard run, however, and after a personal-foul penalty on Mosley pushed the ball to the 11, the Tornadoes appeared to score when Reed passed to Justin Manchester, alone in the end zone.
Reed was ruled to have released the ball past the line of scrimmage for an illegal forward pass, and following the penalty he ran once more to place the ball between the hash marks.
Sostheim produced his second game-winning field goal in two years from 32 yards, but remarkably the fireworks still hadn’t subsided.
Bay elected to kick deep, and there again was Davis waiting for the return. After amassing 214 rushing yards and two tackles on defense on the Tornadoes’ final possession, Davis broke free of contain and rambled past midfield before being stopped on the final play of the game.
Most likely, he ran out of gas as he needed medical attention for dehydration following the game and spent the night in a local hospital.
Other Dolphin players had to be helped from the field at various stages of the game, and Bay lost key players Brian Gilbert, Ramone Spruill and Jordon Byas to injury by the first series of the third quarter.
The News Herald game story concluded:
But there was no denying Bay on this night. Perhaps nothing says it better than that tired cliché.
Actually, there was no denying either team in too many senses. It was a high school football classic.
Next: No. 3 details an incredible performance against a team rated No. 1 in the nation.