BALDWIN — Staying healthy will be a critical factor for the Baldwin football team as the Panthers get ready for the regular season.

The season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Camden-Frontier with a non-league game.

Baldwin scrimmaged on Friday at Colon.

“There were six schools there,” coach Bob Watkins said. “We only were able to scrimmage one team (Colon), 20 plays on offense, 20 plays on defense, then we had some injuries. We wound up taking 10 people with us. At the last minute, some people couldn’t get off work. We had a couple of small injuries and I didn’t want to press it.

“We had a good showing and got to see what we have to work on. I’m excited and looking forward to this week’s practice so we can work on a game plan for Saturday’s game.”

Baldwin expects to see a spread offense and option from Camden-Frontier. “They’re a veteran team,” Watkins said. “They also have a JV team. They have a lot juniors and seniors. And that’s an issue we’ll deal with all year long is playing schools who have a lot of freshmen and sophomores.”

Watkins hopes to have 13 youngsters on his roster for Saturday’s game.

The trip to Camden-Frontier will be 3 ½-hours. Baldwin will go back-and-forth on one day.

Baldwin’s home opener is with Bear Lake on Aug 31.