Baldwin players look forward to Reed City game


BALDWIN — Jacob Burton is among the Baldwin football players excited over the prospect of playing a program that has been 9-0 the last three regular-seasons.

The Panther senior and his football teammates are in the conditioning phase of their preseason right now, leading to the start of practices on Aug. 11.

Baldwin opens its schedule Aug. 28 at Reed City in a non-league battle against a neighboring county opponent.

“We’re ready for it,” Burton said. “It’s a game like anybody else. You just have to be prepared. We look at it as a neighborhood game. It’s Reed City, they’re right around the corner. We usually don’t get those match-ups.”

It’s the only sport in which the two schools will be playing each other.

Right now, the weekly conditioning is on the agenda. The time to focus on Reed City will come soon.

“Coaches are kind of looking at them now, and making sure we’re prepared for it,” Burton said. “We have to make sure we do what we do.”

Burton is an offensive guard and defensive end for the Panthers. There’s no indication yet, Burton said, who might have the size advantage at the line of scrimmage in the opener.

It’s certainly one of the most challenging football openers the Panthers will ever see.

“It’s still a football game, the first game of the season,” Burton said. “It will make us better. You can see better competition.

“We’re hoping more experience and a lot of people we have coming back will help a lot.”