Johnston nears top of the rankings


Nick Meacham

Junior quarterback, Luke Johnston, sets up to run the offense. At the end of the first half, Johnston had five passing touchdowns.

Alex Green, Sports Reporter

After junior Luke Johnston’s performance at Lucas Oil Stadium, he is now second in passing yards in the nation, according to Maxpreps.  SHS played rival school, Perry Meridian, and won 62-21.  Johnston ended the game with 463 passing yards, 370 yards of which were acquired in the first half.  This gives Johnston 1036 passing yards for three games.  Johnston himself sees it as a great achievement, but it has not gotten to his head.

“It just happened,” Johnston said.  “My receivers were wide open and my offensive line gave me a lot of time.  We are also really good at setting up the defense in our favor.  All I had to do was throw the ball, the easiest part.”

According to Johnston, this national recognition hasn’t increased the number of colleges wanting him, but that does not mean he has not got any letters.  Johnston says he has been mainly looked at by Purdue University and has also received letters from Nebraska University, Penn State University and Indiana University.

Johnston is not the only one celebrating his achievement.  Head coach Mr. Bill Peebles believes Johnston’s hard work is paying off.

“Luke is a very accurate passer,” Peebles said.  “The offensive line have blocked really well and the receivers have had really good games.  His teammates have stepped up to help him reach this goal.”

Johnston and the Cards are back in action this Friday, Sept. 9 when they host Terre Haute North High School.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available at the gate for $5.