Baldwin football team to host Farwell on Friday

Panthers looking for first win

Baldwin football coach Bob Watkins (left) hopes to lead his team to a win on Friday.

Baldwin football coach Bob Watkins (left) hopes to lead his team to a win on Friday.

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BALDWIN – Baldwin’s football game on Friday at home against Marion started off extremely well with a touchdown on the first drive of the game.

It was 8-0, Panthers.

But it was all Marion after that with 74 unanswered points in a 74-8 West Michigan D League 8-player football win on Saturday.

“We took the opening drive against Marion and went down and scored,” Watkins said. “That tells us we have the capability. But then we let them run the kickoff back for a touchdown. We have to minimize mistakes. We didn’t have fumbles but had a lot of missed tackles.”

Jaylin Allen scored for Baldwin on a counter play on 70 yards. Carmelo Lindsey ran in for the two points.

Baldwin (0-3) has another home game with Farwell on Friday.

“They have nine seniors, 11 juniors and one sophomore,” Watkins said. “They’re big and they use the Wildcat formation with a direct snap to the back. They do a power run to right or left.”

Watkins said Baldwin is using new schemes to try to help the defense stop the other team more effectively.

“It’s not that we don’t have the strategy but it’s for a lack of execution,” Watkins said. “You take young kids and put them in the heat of fire, and they sometimes don’t stand up well. We’re trying to be more mentally tough.”