Baldwin football debuts at scrimmage

football: Baldwin performers practice on a play at a recent practice. (Star photo/John Raffel)
football: Baldwin performers practice on a play at a recent practice. (Star photo/John Raffel)

BALDWIN — It’s time to see how the Baldwin Panthers football team ranks with other opponents. This Thursday, Baldwin will be scrimmaging and getting ready for the season opener Aug. 29 at Hale.

The scrimmage is at Holton Thursday.

North Muskegon, Hart, Hesperia, Orchard View and Kent City are also at the scrimmage. Baldwin will be facing Hesperia, Holton and North Muskegon.

“We look at it as an extended practice,” said Baldwin coach Doug Bolles. “We’re focusing on getting ready for Hale and trying to get better each day and we’re using that (scrimmage) as going up against someone besides ourselves.”

Bolles said his staff has an idea of who will be playing where.

“But this could make a difference,” he said. “There’s some spots still open the kids are fighting for. They get in more game type situation and maybe someone will prove themselves better and win a spot.”

Bolles likes the fact that his team is very athletic and quick.

“We’re really good in the skill positions,” he said. “Right now, we’re working hard on the line. “We’re young and we’re raw. We’re trying to come together on the line offensively and defensively. You have to get it done in the trenches. Right now, that’s our biggest concern and is what we’re putting a lot of time into.”

The varsity numbers are at 22 right now.

“I’m hoping to stay at least 22 so you can have a (full) scrimmage at practice,” Bolles said.