Johnny Wiseman of the Olentangy Liberty High School football team told coaches he wanted to get more involved in the offense. The senior did just about everything in helping the Patriots knock off host Olentangy 28-17 on Oct. 13.
Wiseman led the team in rushing and receiving, with 11 carries for 91 yards and four catches for 95 yards. He also caught a 39-yard touchdown pass and had an interception.
Liberty scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter as it improved to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Buckeye Division. Olentangy dropped to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Buckeye.
“Our whole team was clicking tonight,” Wiseman said. “It was awesome.”
Quarterback Mitchell Okuley threw three touchdown passes, two in the second quarter to Wiseman and Matthew Webb (19 yards), which gave Liberty a 21-14 halftime lead.
Webb also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter that was set up by Wiseman’s 33-yard run.
Okuley’s third touchdown pass — 62 yards to Mitchell Kershner — gave the Patriots an 11-point lead with 6 minutes, 2 seconds left. Okuley completed 11 of 18 passes for 216 yards.
“The offense stayed with the course and with the game plan and things developed and worked for us,” Liberty coach Steve Hale said.. “We haven’t been a big-play team much this year, but we’ll take it when we need it.”
Big plays helped Olentangy take a 14-0 lead as Riley Bruening threw touchdown passes of 31 and 27 yards to Caden Kaiser.
Bruening finished 22-for-34 passing for 230 yards and added 93 yards rushing on 22 carries.
“We saw some things we could take advantage of and did and made plays,” Olentangy coach Mark Solis said. “But we didn’t run the ball well. We’ve got guys hurt. We don’t have a lot of depth, and we’ve got guys playing who shouldn’t be playing. … They took it to us, and they deserve to win.”
The Braves could muster only a 23-yard field goal by Josh Petrone in the second half.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final OLENTANGY LIBERTY 0 21 7 0 28 OLENTANGY 7 7 3 0 17
O—Kaiser 31 pass from Bruening (Petrone kick)
O—Kaiser 27 pass from Bruening (Petrone kick)
OL—Wiseman 39 pass from Okuley (Kershner kick)
OL—Webb 1 run (Kershner kick)
OL—Webb 19 pass from Okuley (Kershner kick)
O—Petrone 23 FG
OL—Kershner 62 pass from Okuley (Leary kick)