Baldwin coach reflects on season
BALDWIN — The regular season for high school football ended last weekend.
For Baldwin’s 8-player team, the last game was on Oct 5 prior to two games which the Panthers had to forfeit for lack of enough healthy players.
As coach Bob Watkins looks back, the 21-6 loss to Crossroads on Oct. 5 was the type of competitive game the Panthers needed all season. But a team dominated by mainly freshman and sophomores usually struggled.
Baldwin was outscored 354-6 for the season.
It was a far cry from a 2014 Baldwin team that was 10-2 and outscored its 12 opponents 523-187.
“We were competitive and in the game,” Watkins said after the Crossroads game. “The turnovers killed us. We have small numbers and were young. They ran out of gas.”
Watkins agreed it was a game his players needed to keep their focus on football.
“One of our kids pointed out it was the only time we didn’t face a running clock,” Watkins said.
The season ended prematurely, but it also started late. Coaches weren’t officially hired and given access to certain facilities until the actual practice season started.