Baldwin football team seeking first win
BALDWIN — It’s not going to get any easier for Baldwin’s football team.
The Panthers will be traveling to Central Lake on Saturday to take on the defending 8-player state championship team.
Central Lake, like Baldwin, is 0-2. The Trojans were 13-0 last season but have lost so far to Onaway 40-28 and to Onekama 53-6.
Baldwin had lost 71-0 to Camden-Frontier and, after a week off because of storm damage, fell to Mesick on Friday 66-0.
“We progressed a lot from the first game, even though the score may not have showed it,” Baldwin coach Bob Watkins said. “This past week, we lost our starting center to a shoulder injury clearing brush from the storm. We had a freshman in there, Adam McClure, and I was impressed with him.”
The offense, Watkins said, needs to sustain more drives to keep the defense off the field.
“I wasn’t totally disappointed,” he said. “We still made a lot of mistakes.”
It was 30-0 at halftime. The Panthers play at Central Lake on Saturday.
“We have an extra day so we’ll go back and work on the fundamentals,” Watkins said.
Isaiah DeFreece is set to play more.
“DeMarko Williams played a heckuva game,” Watkins said of one of his newer players.
“He basically did everything for us.”
Williams is listed as a quarterback and defensive back.
A key lineman Darren Thomas was not available for the game, Watkins said.
“Central Lake will be hungry, but so are we,” Watkins said.