10 to Remember: No. 6, 11/19/71: Remember the Ram

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 01:08 PM.

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

It could be argued that the MVP of this game never played a down.

In fact, he never moved.

The weekend prior to the ninth meeting of Rutherford and Bay on the football field, Rutherford’s mascot, a ram called Rambunctious II, reportedly was stolen by some overzealous Bay students.

While the high school prank wasn’t intended to be blatantly malicious, Rambunctious II was doused in red paint designating the Tornadoes’ colors, then died suddenly of natural causes.

That outcome wasn’t lost on the Rutherford coaching staff, or the Rams’ players.

Prior to the start of the county matchup, Rutherford’s players did not warm up on the field, except for quarterback Gary McDonald tossing a few passes and punter Tim Feeney attempting a few kicks.

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