Through 10 games, in his first varsity action last season, Midway wideout Lane Baggett ended with three receiving touchdowns.
It took just one outing to equal that total this year as the senior receiver hauled in a career-high seven receptions for 102 yards and three scores to help the Raiders to a season-opening victory over rival Hobbton last Thursday.
“Last year, Lane wasn’t a focal point of the offense, this year he is,” Midway coach Cory Barnes said after the 53-13 win. “Lane with over 100 yards receiving is big time.”
Baggett had touchdown grabs of 27, 26 and 27 yards, all in the first half, to help build a 40-6 advantage at the break.
Standing at 6-2, he says Hobbton’s strategy to rotate defenders in coverage didn’t prove effective.
“They were switching corners on me and everything, but none of them could stay with me,” Baggett said while making sure to note the “perfect throws” from Raiders quarterback Wyatt Holland.
Holland says preparation throughout the week was key in making for the historic night that saw the Wildcats pose little resistance to a tag team effort.
“Just watching film, we knew if we can get the corners to turn we had our matchup,” Holland said.
“Just throw it where the corner can’t make a play — it’s [Baggett’s] ball or nobody’s ball. At the end of the day, [Baggett] and the other receivers just made plays.”
Before the breakout performance, Baggett’s best performance was last year’s state playoffs loss to Red Springs when he finished with three catches for 49 yards. Now, he hopes his first 100-yard game is a precursor for a memorable finale to his preps career.
“It definitely set the tone for the rest of the year. Next week we got another game, so we got to come out hot again and get more touchdowns,” Baggett said.
Below is Baggett’s acceptance speech along with some of his responses to a list of personal questions from The Daily Record staff.
Acceptance speech: I’d like to thank God, coach Barnes, our wide receiver coach and Wyatt (Holland).
Favorite subject: Math
Pregame routine: Pray, ask for protection during the game, and bump some 21 Savage.
Favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A