The 2013 season was not a banner year for Bay County high school football teams. The converse was true, however, judging solely by offensive production.
Not only did Mosley surpass 39 points in four of its 10 games, it reached 54 and 55.
Rutherford won only twice, but that was difficult to deduce from the fact the Rams six times exceeded 30 points in 10 games and also cracked the 50-point barrier.
So did Arnold and Bozeman exceed 50, although they combined to win just six games. Newcomer North Bay Haven put up as many as 48 and 36 points in separate games.
Only Bay, which produced a 6-5 record, did so mostly with a more time-honored formula based on defense. The Tornadoes scored 192 points in 11 games, which would have been lowest of the six county schools had it not added the Emerald Coast Classic bowl game to extend its season.
And those eye-popping numbers don’t even scratch the surface when individual excellence is scrutinized.
Bay County produced four 1,000-yard rushers in 2013 led by Ryan Rogers of Mosley who carried 168 times for 1,452 yards and also scored 15 touchdowns to lead the county in that regard.
Bay’s Raekwon Webb, Rutherford’s Dallas Davis and Mosley’s Christian Childree also exceeded the traditional rushing plateau with 1,181, 1,063 and 1,001 yards respectively.
Receivers likewise were prominent. Rutherford’s Emmanuel Little broke a school record for yardage with 56 catches for 1,078 yards. His total was 12th in the state despite his team not playing additional playoff games.
Mosley’s Nat Dixon exceeded 1,000 yards with 43-1,005 for a 24.1 average and Michael Layfield of Bay (32) and Jamani Barnes of Rutherford (31) hauled in more than 30 receptions.
But no player on offense was more prolific than the aforementioned Davis at Rutherford. He established a school record of 2,420 passing yards in one season, which combined with his rushing total put him at 3,483 overall yards. That number was fourth in the state, again sans playoffs, and extended the school record in that category by nearly 1,000 yards.
Davis combined to produce 30 touchdowns, 18 passing and 12 rushing. His passing totals enabled every school except North Bay Haven to have a 1,000-yard passer. Mosley’s Dillon Brown was second with 1,680, Xavier Longerbeam of Bay had 1,323, Bubba Thompson of Bozeman 1,099 and Cody Saunders of Arnold 1,003.
The won-loss team totals didn’t produce a single playoff team in the county in 2013. But the execution of offense all but wore out the sideline chain crews and put many county players on the radar of college recruiters.