Baldwin football team drops first game

Panthers will host Marion on Friday

Baldwin will be at home on Friday against Marion.

Baldwin will be at home on Friday against Marion.

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BALDWIN – The season finally off the ground for Baldwin’s 8-player football team on Friday in a 50-14 loss to Manistee Catholic Central on Friday at home.

Baldwin had forfeited its first game of the season to Mesick for not having enough players. There was no scheduled game for the second week. Manistee CC came to Baldwin with a 1-1 record and was able to dominate the action.

“For our first game, we had a lot of good points and we showed that it only was our first game and we had a lot of bad points,” Watkins said. “We had eight fumbles and each time we were in the process of a drive but we gave the ball up and allowed them to get a big lead. I think it was mental fatigue more than anything that sank in.

“We started having a lot of mental mistakes. I’m disappointed we lost, but I’m also a happy because I see a lot of high points.”

Quarterback Carmelo Lindsey was able to use his quickness to escape a lot of pressure. He scored an 80-yard kickoff return. Lindsey passed for a touchdown and ran in for the two-point conversion.

Gabe Vanderlaan had some strong blocks to open holes for Lindsey.

“There were a lot of young guys put to the test,” Watkins said.

The Panthers host Marion on Friday at home.