Johnny Spinner quickly made a name for himself in the first game for the Olentangy Berlin High School football team.
The junior running back scored five touchdowns, including three scores in a 33-point second quarter, to lead the Bears past visiting Briggs 53-22 on Aug. 24.
Spinner rushed for 235 yards on 29 carries, including 138 yards on 22 carries in the first half. He also recovered a Briggs fumble at the Bruins’ 19-yard line on his team’s first defensive series.
Two plays later, Spinner scored on a 10-yard run with 6 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter to send the home crowd into a frenzy.
“I saw my opening and went to it,” said Spinner, who also had touchdown runs of 7, 5, 4 and 4 yards. “Our offensive line did a great job of opening things up and our sophomore quarterback, Jake Moeller, did a great job.”
Corey Hill had an interception for the Bears and caught touchdown passes of 33 and 8 yards from Moeller.
Quarterback Joshua Gainey led the Bruins by running for one touchdown, throwing for two more and tossing two two-point conversion passes. The senior connected with Jalin Lake for scores of 53 yards and 27 yards in the second quarter. He also ran 57 yards for a score with 11:19 left in the third quarter.
“We knew (Spinner) was going to be an issue for us,” Briggs coach Sean Zink said. “He came at us hard, but our guys played until the end. There is no quit in our guys.”
Nick Tiberio gave the Bears their first action with a running clock with 3:35 left in the third quarter, as the freshman capped a five-play drive with an 8-yard run.
Gainey finished with 42 yards rushing on 12 carries and was 12-for-24 passing for 217 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Moeller was 7-for-14 passing for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final BRIGGS 0 14 8 0 22 OLENTANGY BERLIN
7 33 13 0 53
OB—Spinner 10 run (Lewis kick)
OB—Spinner 5 run (Lewis kick)
OB—Spinner 4 run (Lewis kick)
OB—C. Hill 33 pass from Moeller (Lewis kick)
BR—Lake 53 pass from Gainey (passed failed)
OB—Spinner 7 run (kick failed)
BR—Lake 27 pass from Gainey (Vivens pass from Gainey)
OB—C. Hill 8 pass from Moeller (kick failed)
BR—Gainey 57 run (Shepherd pass from Gainey)
OB—Spinner 4 run (kick failed)
OB—Tiberio 8 run (Smith kick)