Lansing Catholic senior Zac Baker had just finished grabbing two more interceptions in a Division 5 regional win over Flint Powers Catholic when the nickname regarding his play was brought up in a postgame interview.
The phrase — popularized by NFL defensive back Darrelle Revis — was appropriate for Baker after he had 13 interceptions this season for the Cougars. On two occasions, he had three interceptions in one game.
The total tied him for sixth in the MHSAA record book for interceptions in one season. Trent Mulder of McBain had 18 during the 2001 season.
“We had lots of pressure up front this year with our line, and we had different blitzes and good jamming from our linebackers,” Baker said. “Us defensive backs, we were just able to read the play and were able to make plays.”
They made a ton. Fellow defensive back Matt Fata, who was Class B all-area, also had a big season with seven interceptions.
“We had the biggest turnover ratio since I’ve been coaching,” Lansing Catholic coach Jim Ahern said. “We finished +38 and the finals was the only game we had this year where we didn’t cause a turnover, and we were really fortunate. The whole team was amazing in itself, and (Baker) obviously led us and it was unbelievable.”
Baker was also an accomplished receiver for the Lansing Catholic offense. He caught more than 40 passes and had nine touchdown receptions and could better read opposing receivers, based on what he did on the offensive side of the ball.
“Some of the teams we are going against are running the same routes,” Baker said. “If it’s a third down I can tell where they are coming, like just past the sticks or things like that. “Having the mentality I have from being a receiver and knowing what I do helps me.”
The Catholic defense was completely different than the last time the Cougars were in the state championship game. They allowed 30 or more points in four of their five playoff contests in 2011 and 56 in the state final to Flint Powers.
“We switched our whole scheme,” Ahern said. “We did it so we could kind of get our faster kids on the field, and I did it to make us more aggressive. We were a much better defensive team. …
“Zac started two years as a corner. He had a great senior season. He’s got great hand-eye coordination, and he was able to read things and make plays.”