10 to Remember: No. 5, 10/5/69: Rutherford’s Nettles stages a track meet in pads

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM.

Part VI in a series counting down the 10 most memorable performances in the history of Tommy Oliver Stadium

Doug Nettles didn’t need much prompting to remember the third game of his senior season against Pensacola Woodham in October 1969.

Seldom used at running back because of the prowess of teammate Marvin West, Nettles had instead become a second team all-state defensive back and played some wide receiver at Rutherford. The problem with the latter was that head coach Jim Redfern didn’t have an established passer to get Nettles the football, so instead he toyed with a system to get both Nettles and West in the backfield at the same time.

A midweek ankle injury suffered by West with Woodham invading Tommy Oliver Stadium simplified that process for one night.

“I think they were rated No. 3 in the state at the time,” Nettles said of Woodham. “Wednesday afternoon Marvin twisted his ankle, and here we were having to play this juggernaut and didn’t have our best offensive weapon.

“Redfern called me in his office on Thursday afternoon and told me it looks like you’re going to start. Marvin can’t play.”

Nettles said the first few times he carried the ball he wasn’t able to gain much yardage against Woodham, which had a very good middle linebacker.

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