Part II in a series counting down the 10 most memorable performances in the history of Tommy Oliver Stadium
It wasn’t so much the magnitude of the game. Mosley was winless at 0-6 and Rutherford was just 1-5 as the schools met for the fifth time in their then-brief county football rivalry.
What unfolded was significant in another sense, as rarely does one player score every point in a game that reaches double digits.
But that’s exactly what Mosley sophomore running back Quinton Reed accomplished as the Dolphins shut out the Rams 35-0. That’s right. Five touchdowns, five conversion kicks.
It wasn’t as though Reed didn’t have help in Mosley assuming a 3-2 edge in the series between the schools. After all, the Dolphins’ defense not only posted a shutout, if forced seven turnovers in the game with four interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Yet the contribution of Reed cannot be overlooked. He not only scored 35 points, all coming in the first three quarters, but rushed for 207 yards as the Dolphins outgained the Rams 432-70.
Mosley took the opening kickoff on a seven-play touchdown drive. Reed scored on a 19-yard run, which would prove the longest of his TD dashes. Fans at Tommy Oliver Stadium couldn’t have known they merely had witnessed an opening salvo.
Donald Schrenker recovered a Rutherford fumble and three plays later Reed went over from the 2. His second of five extra-point kicks opened a 14-0 lead.
Reed bulled through two Ram defenders near the goal line on a 14-yard run with 5:15 left before halftime and it was 21-0.
Another Mosley fumble recovery was followed by a 27-yard run from Billy Suggs to the Rams’ 5. Three plays later, Reed scored from the 1.
Sam Freeman then intercepted and returned 27 yards for the Dolphins. It what was becoming a highlight reel, three plays later Reed busted a 14-yard TD jaunt with 2:29 still remaining in the third quarter.
Reed was far from the lone standout in a dominant performance. In addition to the aforementioned defensive prowess, he also had help from an offensive line that paved the way to more than 400 yards rushing.
Carroll Sheffield added 69 yards on 15 carries and John Smith had 47 on 10. Both also were instrumental in providing some of the lead blocking for Reed, who far and away did the rest.
Next: In No. 8, a future No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft subdues Rutherford.