Baldwin football team forfeits final game of season

Baldwin's final record this season was 2-5. (Star file photo)

Baldwin's final record this season was 2-5. (Star file photo)

BALDWIN - The numbers game hit the Baldwin football team a few times this season including Friday when the Panthers were scheduled to play Merrill at home for the season finale.

School officials forfeited the game in mid-week although Merrill picked up another opponent and the contest officially did not count as a loss for Baldwin.

Coach Bob Watkins said Merrill was advised earlier in the week there was a numbers problem for Baldwin. Merrill started looking for another opponent and Baldwin, on Wednesday, made the decision to not play.

Watkins said there is some bright spots for next season and Baldwin will have more experience as the only senior the Panthers are losing is Adam McClure.

But McClure had a strong season on both sides of the ball for the 8-man Panther team and leaves huge shoes to fill.

"We'll encourage those who aren't doing a winter sport to come to the weight room during the winter," Watkins said. "I've also encouraged a lot of them to run track in the spring to help build up their bodies."

He added coaches will make the facilities available for anyone interested in lifting.

Baldwin usually had numbers in the mid-teens during the season but the numbers of player ready to play varied week-to-week.

Led by quarterback Carmelo Lindsey, the Panthers were able to score points but had problems holding down the other side.

Baldwin defeated Onekama and Manistee Catholic Central for its two wins. The final record was 2-5.