Cards roll past Terre Haute South

It wasn’t a close game. SHS showed everything they had and ended up with a huge victory. A record was also broken on Friday night.

SHS beat Terre Haute South, 41-13, which improved the Cards’ record to, 5-2.

“I think that we are finally getting healthy and we are getting some continuity with the same guys playing the same positions in a couple weeks in a row,” head coach Bill Peebles said.

To start off the first quarter, senior quarterback Luke Johnston threw a touchdown pass to senior tight end Evan Higgs. As Terre Haute South was moving down the field later in the quarter, senior safety Justin Herring got an interception to stop the drive.

In the second quarter Luke Johnston threw a shovel pass to junior wide receiver Blake Evans for a touchdown. Terre Haute then scored a touchdown but missed the extra point to be losing 14-6. Later in the quarter Johnston threw another touchdown pass to Evans to bring up the score to 21-6 to end the quarter. That touchdown was Evans’ 13th touchdown reception of the season which broke the school record of 12 touchdown receptions set by Todd Hottel in 1985.

“I was just doing my job and it just so happened to lead to a record,” Evans said.

In the third quarter junior running back Andrew Mappes had a rushing touchdown to bring up the lead to 27-6. Later in the quarter, Johnston threw another touchdown pass to Evans to bring up the score to 34-6. Terre Haute was moving up the field when the ball was jarred lose and recovered by sophomore defensive lineman Sam Rust. At the end of the third quarter the score was still, 34-6.

With a commanding lead, the Cards played conservatively which led to many run plays. Junior running back Micah Walker run into the endzone increase the Cardinals’ lead. Because of the gigantic lead, younger players from SHS such as sophomore running backs Ben Miller and Manuel Torres stepped in and got some snaps. Terre Haute scored once more, but it was too late. The final score was 41-13.

On the offensive side Johnston went 20 for 27 passing with 235 yards, four passing touchdowns and had two carries for 19 yards. Mappes had 21 carries for 107 yards, a touchdown and a fumble. Walker had 15 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. Evans had 11 receptions for 158 yards and three touchdowns. On the defensive side Rust had six total tackles including one for a loss. Senior linebacker Edgar Aleman had six total tackles.

“We are kind of getting in our groove a little bit,” Peebles said.