SHS remains dominant in township rivalry

SHS has had a winning streak against Perry Meridian since 2011. Some things never change.

SHS beat Perry Meridian 34-28. That was the Cards’ second of the win this season, improving their record to 2-1.

“Today it’s just all about executing and you get that done in practice,” Peebles said. “What  you do in practice (is how) you’re going to make the plays when they count.”

The first touchdown of the game was a shovel pass from senior quarterback Luke Johnston to junior wide receiver Blake Evans. Perry Meridian scored next but then senior tight end Evan Higgs caught a touchdown to make the lead 14-7. Later in the first half Perry Meridian scored once more but junior wide receiver Paul Scruggs caught a touchdown and junior running back Micah Walker ran for a touchdown to end the first half with a lead of 28-14.

Perry Meridian tied the game later in the second half to make the score 28-28. Evan Higgs then caught a touchdown to bring the score to 34-28. SHS went for the extra point but due to a bad snap the holder picked up the ball and threw it incomplete. Perry Meridian had the ball next but with 1:40 left of the game it was 4th and 23 so they went for it and it was incomplete. After a few rushing plays for the Cards, Johnston just took a knee to end the game. SHS won the game 34-28.

Johnston went 26 for 35 with four touchdowns passing. Walker had 15 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Andrew Mappes had nine carries for 67 yards. Higgs had nine receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Evans had eight receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. Scruggs had four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Junior free safety Hunter Hightower had eight tackles and one tackle for loss. Junior outside linebacker Dustin Church had six total tackles.

“We’ve had a lot of people that are stepping up,” Evans said. “That’s why we’re coming away with victories.”