CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay senior Luke Mercer is the starting quarterback on the varsity football team. The Indians are off to a 4-0 start after winning the Class A section title last season. Mercer also plays for the two-time defending Section 1 Class B champion lacrosse team and is committed to Penn State.

How old were you when you started playing football and how did you get started?

I started playing football in the third grade. Had been playing flag before so it was a clear choice for me.

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What are the team’s goals for the rest of this season?

Right now, our goal is to just get better each practice and continue to grow as a team.

As a senior on the team, how much do you value being a leader?

This year we have a very young team so in my opinion leadership is a huge factor. If we want to go far this year, we need everyone to buy in and contribute to the team.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

As a kid, I looked up to Jack Lambert (All-American defensemen in lacrosse, Class of 2013). I would go to all his football and lacrosse games. He helped me learn the aspect of working hard.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I enjoy ice fishing.

Will you continue to play lacrosse or football in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you pick that school?

I will continue my athletic career at Penn State for lacrosse. I loved the campus when I visited and enjoy the coaching staff.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I think I want to go into the business school at Penn State.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Hype up music.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

To fly. Could go wherever you want.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Colorado, because of the views and the fishing.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Plain bagel with butter.

Best place to eat in Katonah-Lewisboro?

Empire Bagels.

For a young athlete growing up in Katonah-Lewisboro, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the football program and why should they go out for the team?

Playing high school football was easily one of the best choices I’ve ever made. There’s no other feeling like playing on Friday night under the lights. Also, the friendships I’ve made through football will last a lifetime.