Baldwin football tem ready

Ryan Kolenbrander

Ryan Kolenbrander

BALDWIN — Baldwin football coach Bob Watkins liked what he saw of his team last week in a scrimmage that will get the Panthers ready for Friday’s season opener at home against Grand Traverse.

“We saw a lot of areas we needed to work on which is what we’re doing this week,” Watkins said. “We have blocking assignments to work on.”

The Panthers played Battle Creek St. Philips and Portland St. Patrick at Lawrence.

“I was really impressed with Ryan Kolenbrander at quarterback,” Watkins said. “He still needs work on reads. He made some great plays. Blake Dockery, we sent him out on a couple of passes. Scott Anscomb came in and played well.”

Dockery is at slotback.

“The way 8-man football is set up he’s kind of our utility player,” Watkins said.

In 8-player ball, there is a center and two down linemen, plus two tight ends who are eligible receivers. There are three that have to be off the line, usually in the backfield. Eight-player football doesn’t really allow a quarterback to sit in the pocket, Watkins noted, because of the wide-open game.

“We saw Grand Traverse on Friday,” Watkins said. “They’re beatable. They run some option. The team that makes the fewest mistakes is the one that will come out on top.”

Baldwin’s kicking game will feature Kolenbrander as a placekicker and Dockery as a punter.

There’s 11 players now on varsity and 11 on junior varsity.

Baldwin plays at Bear Lake on Sept. 1 and at Mesick on Sept. 8.