Baldwin football team falls to White Cloud

BALDWIN — Both teams entered Friday’s Baldwin-White Cloud game with 1-6 records and were hungry for that second win.

With a 16-3 halftime lead, it appeared the Panthers were in a good position to notch win No. 2. But the Indians had a 26-0 second-half surge to take a 29-16 victory.

“That was a rough one,” Panther coach Lee Vickers said. “They got a late score to make it look more than what it did.”

The 13-point lead at the intermission was looking good for Baldwin. Blake Dockery scored both touchdowns on 40-yard catches from quarterback Tyler Clugston.

“We should have pulled it out,” Vickers said. “It was a heartbreaking loss. Turnovers, multiple fumbles, we had five maybe. It was a slippery night. They had a few. It’s like a cliche, whoever doesn’t turn the ball over. We also had some interceptions.”

Vickers said Armondo Jennings had a strong outing in the passing game and blocking.

“It was one of his better games,” Vickers said.

The Panthers watched film and got conditioning in on Monday. But starting with Tuesday, the Panthers were gearing up for their final game of the season Friday at Evart.

The Wildcats are 5-3, one win away from playoff qualification.

“They’re trying to make the playoffs on our backs,” Vickers said. “We want to be a spoiler. I’m sure they’re working hard to do what they do. They don’t change too much. We know what we’re up against. We have to execute and be ready to go. We have to cut down on mistakes to have a shot.”