Baldwin football team will make trip to Superior Dome

BALDWIN — Baldwin athletic director Shawn Williams has one more game to find before finalizing the 2015 football schedule.

But regardless, it’s going to be a unique schedule.

Williams said he’s looking for a fourth week opponent. Reed City is again on week one and Farwell on week two.

“Week three, we’re going to play Lake Linden-Hubbell in the Superior Dome, Sept. 11,” Williams said.

That game, at Northern Michigan University’s 8,000-seat dome stadium, will be on a Friday night. Lake Linden-Hubbell is a perennial power located in the Upper Peninsula’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

It will be Baldwin’s first trip to the Superior Dome.

Week five will be the start of a four-week league schedule which includes Onekama, Brethren, Traverse City Christian and Mesick. The ninth week features non-league opponent Evart.

Two teams that were on the 2014 schedule, Manistee Catholic Central, which went to eight-man football, and Hart has been replaced with Evart. Vestaburg has also been dropped from the schedule.

Week four could be Atlanta or Central Lake.

Onekama is leaving the West Michigan D League for the Northwest Conference starting with the 2016-17 season.

“We would still have the opportunity to play them nonleague,” Williams said.

The athletic directors got together to make the Lake Linden-Hubbell and Baldwin game a reality.

Williams said it’s about a six-hour trip to the Superior Dome.

“We’ll leave Friday morning and spend the night,” he said. “We’ll do something on Saturday. If we leave Thursday, the only thing you can do is practice and come home Friday. There’s not enough money to go two nights.”

Northern Michigan is playing Saturday at the Superior Dome, making it unavailable that day, Baldwin officials indicated.

“For the experience of going up there and playing in the dome,  I don’t care how it falls,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “I think it’d be great for the kids and the program. We’re looking forward to it however it works.”

Bolles said his team has had a good rivalry with Onekama and was hoping it will continue.

“I don’t want to drive so far to pick up opponents,” he said, adding that the addition of Evart, a 30-mile drive, “will be tough for us. Maybe we’ll pick up a rivalry on week nine. It’s a win-win for both of us.”