Baldwin junior working to get in shape for challenging football season

BALDWIN — Terrell Rogers is heading into his junior football season at Baldwin, hoping to help the Panthers enjoy enormous success on the gridiron.

Rogers was in the Baldwin weight room recently, trying to get ready for the 2014 campaign. This will be his third varsity year. He said his sophomore season was a “lot better” than when he was a freshman, and he was “quicker.”

The key for that was “staying fit and going out and doing more activities,” he said.

Rogers has been an offensive lineman.

“Last year I played a little bit of defense,” he said. “I’m going to try going out next year and playing both ways.”

Conditioning will be the key, he added.

“Whenever I get the free time, I come up here and hit the weights,” he said.

Rogers also has been in the Panthers’ summer basketball camps.

“We went to Frankfort, tied one and won the rest,” he said

Rogers also played baseball last spring for the Panthers.

“We had a good season,” he said. “We couldn’t finish games as well as we started to.”

The roster fluctuated, depending on players’ availability, Rogers recalled.

But football remains his favorite sport.

“I’ve been playing football since I was 8,” he said.

Right now, he’s at 5-feet 9-inches, 240 pounds. He’s confident the offensive line can get the job done and be dominant. But Reed City, Farwell and Vestaburg are the first three opponents in a challenging non-league slate.

“To be honest, if we beat Reed City, Baldwin will be in an historical moment,” he said. “This is the first year in a couple of years we have dominating seniors and juniors. We have a lot of experience.”