Baldwin continues practice sessions
BALDWIN — Baldwin’s football team entered the second week of practice on Monday realizing a lot of work was left to be done.
Coach Bob Watkins is well aware of that as his team gets ready for its season opener on Aug. 25 at Camden-Frontier.
“We’re behind in every aspect of the game,” Watkins said. “Our numbers are low. We have to improve as a team. We’re young.”
The Panthers have one senior with lineman Darrin Thomas. They have only two juniors with Darion Hayter on the offensive line and Isaiah Defreece at defensive back.
The rest of the players are freshmen and sophomores.
“My goal is to change the culture of the program here,” Watkins said. “I have one senior.”
Overall, for an eight-player team, Baldwin entered this week with 13 on the roster.
“But we’re still trying to get reentry for more guys,” Watkins said.
A big blow occurred for the Panthers before even having one play. Ryan Kolenbrander is having shoulder surgery from an injury and is out for the entire season.
“So we go from a senior quarterback to a freshman quarterback,” Watkins said.
His freshman quarterback is junior Jesse Pancino, who played the position on the junior high level.
Watkins also said the game with Camden-Frontier, originally scheduled for Okemos on Aug 25, will be at Camden, near the Ohio border. Okemos’ field is not ready.
Watkins said on Monday it was possible there would be no preseason scrimmage. Baldwin was hoping to have a scrimmage at Lawrence.
“That’s a double-edge sword,” Watkins said.