Baldwin football team starts pratices
BALDWIN — Baldwin’s football team officially opened its practice season on Monday.
It was also the first day of school and players met briefly at the football team’s fieldhouse. Coach Bob Watkins was slated to have practices for the rest of the week.
A scrimmage has been set for Aug 16, but no further information has been provided by the school.
The team is scheduled to have its first game on Saturday, Aug. 25, against Camden-Frontier at Okemos High School. This game will be followed by home contests on Aug. 31 with Bear Lake and on Sept. 7 with Mesick. After a road game on Sept 14 at Central Lake, the Panthers are home on Sept. 21 with Manistee Catholic Central and with Marion on Sept. 28.
There’s also a home game set for Onekama on Oct. 19. Baldwin is at Crossroads Charter Academy on Oct. 5 and at Brethren on Oct. 12.
The four-week playoffs start on Oct. 26. Of the 69 teams that are 8-player, 32 advance to the postseason in two divisions.
Baldwin will be led this season by players such as quarterback Ryan Kolenbrander and receiver Dexter and Derrick Hossler.
Last year, the Panthers made their debut in 8-player football and had a 3-6 record. They started out with a 70-0 win over Traverse City Christian. They lost five straight, but then rebounded with wins over Crossroads (54-0) and Brethren (30-24).