Johnston set to lead the Cards in 2015


Madeline Steward

Luke Johnston ’16 gets ready for the Cards’ season opener. They face Roncalli at Lucas Oil Stadium on Aug. 21.

This is senior Luke Johnston’s last season as quarterback and he has already shattered almost every school passing record. In the 2014 season Johnston threw for 3,228 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But now he has some new weapons on offense and he’s looking to make his records unbreakable.

“I’m looking forward to making the most of my senior year and creating a lot of bonds with a lot of my teammates and doing the best I can for this last year,” Johnston said.

The Cards ended last year with a 9-3 record. Their season ended when they lost to Center Grove at Regionals, 35-22.

“Luke is coming back and I feel strongly about Luke,” head coach Bill Peebles said.

SHS will be entering the season with competition at running back. Graduate Cardell Tucker was the starter last year, but in it gave injuries to Tucker gave now-juniors Andrew Mappes and Micah Walker reps, so they have more experience at the position. Mappes had 113 carries, 512 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Walker had 41 carries, 137 rushing yards and one touchdown.

This will also be the last season for a few of the impact starters on the offense and defense such as  tight end Evan Higgs (41 receptions, 737 yards and six touchdowns), wide receiver James Wright (52 receptions, 575 yards and nine touchdowns), cornerback Eli Walton (39 tackles and two interceptions), cornerback Justin Herring (38 tackles and three interceptions) and cornerback Kyle Raisor (18 tackles).

Johnston thinks that the team chemistry is getting a lot better. Although the receiving corps could look different because of some of the receivers graduating last May such as DeMari Davis, Aaron Ferguson, Kevin Wagner, and Tucker.

Junior Paul Scruggs will be playing football this year. He is known for being a star player on the basketball team. Scruggs will be playing wide receiver. He hasn’t played football since fourth grade. He says that his development into becoming a football player is good.

“We lost a couple weapons, but we also gained a couple,” Johnston said. “I know everybody the same, I hang out with everyone so there’s a lot of chemistry between us.”

Tickets are on sale in the athletic office for the season opener on Aug. 21 at Lucas Oil Stadium against Roncalli for ten dollars.