Baldwin football team to scrimmage Friday at Montabella

Panthers hoping to get more players

Carmelo Lindsey will be the No. 1 threat for Baldwin's football team.

Carmelo Lindsey will be the No. 1 threat for Baldwin's football team.

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BALDWIN – Baldwin’s football team will get its first taste of competition with a scrimmage at Montabella on Friday.

This will lead into the season opener for 8-player football scheduled for Aug. 25 at home with Mesick.

Head coach Robert Watkins said on Monday he was working with six players but was expecting on more to come out soon.

The Panthers are practicing for two hours every day this week.

Last week, Baldwin had anywhere from two to seven players showing up at practices.

“I’m hoping this week will be a big difference,” Watkins said.

Among the key players for the Panthers are Carmelo Lindsey, in his fourth varsity season, at quarterback and defensive back, plus Louie Hibma at tight end and Gabriel Vandergeld at linebacker

“We possibly have some others,” Watkins said.

Lindsey will be the Panthers’ main offensive threat.

“Things are looking good but we could use a few more players,” Lindsey said. “It can be a strong team. We need more guys to come out.”

Lindsey’s main focus on improvement is reading defenses better this season. His strengths as a runner will be getting open on the outside. As a passer, his strength is finding an open receiver.  On defense, he’s a good tackler and sees the ball well.

Lindsey focused on basketball during the summer and he’s hoping to get a chance to play college ball.