Baldwin focusing on football season opener

practice: Baldwin quarterback Brandon Childress hands the ball off during a Tuesday practice. (Star/John Raffel)
practice: Baldwin quarterback Brandon Childress hands the ball off during a Tuesday practice. (Star/John Raffel)

BALDWIN —The summer is over, and it’s fall football season officially at Baldwin.

The Panthers are coming off a season in which they won the West Michigan D League and made the playoffs. Coach Doug Bolles team started practices Monday and open the season Aug. 29 at Hale.

The Panthers have 24 players, which Bolles said is where he thought it would be. That number includes three seniors and seven freshmen. A bulk of the teams is juniors.

Chance Hayes is a senior two-way lineman and two-way all-conference player. Offensive guard and defensive end Jacob Burton. Burton is also back along with quarterback and safety Brandon Children, junior wide receiver and linebacker Damon Nichols, senior running back, wide receiver and linebacker Daekwon Fisher and Alec Wroblewski at receiver and linebacker

“I have a lot of quality guys coming back but those are my key guys,” Bolles said, adding that Wroblewski “is a key returner. He didn’t get accolades some of the other guys got but he put in a lot of work during the offseason. He’ll have a banner year.”

Baldwin has a scrimmage on Aug. 22 at Holton.

“This is my ninth year and what I’ve learned from the scrimmages is that it’s an expanded practice,” Bolles said. “You don’t give away too much. You just get ready for game one. My main goal right now is week one with Hale. We’re going to play some C schools.”

Bob Watkins is defensive coordinator, Cregg Bolles is special teams coordinator, Scott Pedigo is junior high coach and varsity assistant and Coady Bolles is a volunteer assistant.