BALDWIN — Baldwin is coming off a 70-0 victory over Grand Traverse to start the regular season on Friday, and coach Bob Watkins is determined to make sure his team keeps improving and stays healthy.

The Panthers will be playing a Bear Lake 8-player team which is its first year of football.

“I’m told they only have a few players with football experience that played at Onekama (under a former co-op),” Watkins said. “We’re not taking anyone lightly and will prepare for them. Like I told our players, every game is like a championship game for us. So they have to prepare for us.”

Watkins said the Panthers were focusing in practice this week on correcting various mistakes.

“We looked at a lot of mistakes that were made,” Watkins said. “We’ll refocus on fundamentals and try to get those down. Anytime you shut a team out, that shows some success.”

The Panthers are basically healthy, although Shaundell Dukes is still out with an injury and is waiting for medical clearance. Scott Anscomb will also be out of town.

“So we’ll be shorthanded,” Watkins said. “We may bring up at least one kid from the JV. If not, we’ll only have nine with us.”

The schedule will get tougher in upcoming weeks with games at Mesick on Sept. 8 and at Pickford on Sept. 16 against defending state champion Powers North Central.