The defensive backfield, or secondary, is the last line of defense on a football field.
No one is supposed to get past them. Their job is to prevent the offense from making any big plays.
But the Spring Lake secondary is making some big plays of its own. The group has terrorized opposing quarterbacks to the tune of 23 interceptions this season, more than two a game.
“All five of us go up and play the ball really well in the air,” said safety Charlie Warber of himself and teammates Chase Slagboom, Nathan Batts, Hunter Moe and Noah Novakoski. “We love to make plays on that side of the ball. That’s all we look for. Our DB crew isn’t very big (in) run support because our front seven is great. They put pressure and (force quarterbacks) to put the ball up for grabs. We just go up and try to make a play.”
Coach Jerry Rabideau said the elite play of the secondary, coupled with some pretty good linebackers and defensive linemen, has made this one of the best defenses he’s ever coached.
“Hands down this is the best group of defensive backs we’ve ever had,” Rabideau said. “We’ve had one standout in a (given) year — but a group like this — that’s rare. They’re not the biggest, but certainly with speed, talent and athleticism they rank way up there.”
Spring Lake has held opposing offenses to a measly 34 percent passing, and the Lakers have only allowed nine receiving touchdowns all year, five of which came in their lone loss to Mona Shores.
But it’s not just speed, talent and athleticism that have allowed the Lakers to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares.
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