Baldwin football team wins first game

Panthers defeat Bear Lake 42-20

Baldwin assistant coach Rusty Fullerton works with the Panther defense during a recent 8-player game.

Baldwin assistant coach Rusty Fullerton works with the Panther defense during a recent 8-player game.

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BALDWIN – Baldwin’s football team improved to 1-5 with a 42-20 win over Bear Lake on Friday.

“The kids played well,” Baldwin coach Robert Watkins said. “It was homecoming and parents night.”

It was 24-6 at halftime.

Jalen’e Allen scored on a 15-yard run for  Baldwin to open the point production. Baldwin missed the extra point. The Panthers scored on a 50-yard run. D’Andre Baldridge had the two-point conversion.

Baldridge then scored on a 51-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter. Allen had the two-point conversion. Allen then had a 65-yard TD run. Baldwin missed the extra point.

Carmelo Lindsey scored on a 35-yard run for a touchdown. Allen added a 20-yard TD run. Baldridge had the two-point conversion.

“Carmelo played but he tweaked his foot,” Watkins said. “He wasn’t as mobile as he normally is. I was excited to find other guys took some pressure off him.”

Allen had 12 rushes for 201 yards and four TDs. Lindsey ran seven times for 65 yards.  Baldridge had 90 yards rushing.

“The defense came to life,” Watkins said. “It’s been our achille’s heel. It was a tremendous job on defense. Coach Rusty (Fullerton) worked with them this week.”

Baldwin’s season ends with a 2 p.m. game this Saturday at Pellston against Rock Mid-Peninsula from the Upper Peninsula.

“It’s a long drive, about 3 ½ hours,” Watkins said. “It’s supposed to be halfway for both teams.”