Baldwin football team trying to overcome injuries

Baldwin's Daniel McCarthy looks for running room.
Baldwin's Daniel McCarthy looks for running room.

BALDWIN — Injuries took a devastating toll against Baldwin’s football team in its first loss of the season.

Bear Lake scored 28 points in the fourth to defeat the Panthers (1-1) 44-28 in the home opener at Brethren High School Friday night.

“It was disappointing,” Baldwin coach Bob Watkins said. “I thought we were better than what we showed. Two of our top threats (quarterback Ryan Kolenbrander and slotback Blake Dockery)  went out early with an ankle injury and knee injury. We struggled.

“We had our opportunities to get ahead. We just didn’t get it done. It was a valuable lesson for our team that we have to not only prepare our first group, but also our second group.

“We only had 10, and when two went out, that left us with eight. We had some JV players with us because their game (on Thursday at Mesick) got canceled. They got a little playing time. But there’s only so much you can do with limited numbers.”

The JV game was canceled, Watkins said, due to a miscommunication with the Mesick athletic department.