BALDWIN — Baldwin’s junior varsity football team entered the holidays with a 3-1 schedule

The Panthers lost their first game of the season last Thursday 43-26 at home against Brethren.

Brethren led 10-7 after the first quarter, 18-13 at halftime and 32-19 after the third quarter. Brethren had a 13-7 advantage in the final quarter.

Dexter Hossler had eight points for the Panthers. Shaundel Dukes, Baldwin’s leading scorer, had limited playing time because of foul trouble.

“There were times I thought we were throwing the ball up without purpose,” Baldwin coach Bob Watkins said. “I told them we’ve had success so now they’ve dealt with defeat.”

Baldwin’s next game is on Jan 5 at Mason County Eastern.

Watkins said his team needs to work on rebounding and boxing out.

“Brethren was the best team he’s played so far,” Watkins said. “But if we had been more mature in dealing with the pressure, the game could have been different, Watkins indicated.

“We’ll grow from this,” he said. “We should be all right.”

Watkins indicated his team will practice over the holidays whenever the time is available.