Childress ready to lead Baldwin at quarterback

BALDWIN — Baldwin has a big loss from its offense with Andon Ware having gone to the college ranks. But with junior quarterback Brandon Childress ready to start his third year on the varsity level, the Panther offense expects to be productive again.

Baldwin is in its second week of football practices as it gets ready for a nine-game schedule that starts Aug. 29 at Hale. The Panthers are at Holton Thursdays for a scrimmage.

“We’re pretty young and make young mistakes, but we’re working hard so we should be ready for week one,” he said. “We have lot of sophomores and juniors, two freshmen too.”

With the personnel this season, Childress acknowledges his role as QB will change somewhat.

“I’ll work with the younger guys and make sure they’re on the same page with everybody else,” he said. “Last year, we were older so everyone know what was going on. This year, people know but you still have to work with certain people.”

Without Ware, “more people have to step up,” Childress said. “Andon was a big part of our offense the last few years. He’s not irreplaceable but he will be hard to replace. People have to step up.”

Childress expects to have more of a spread and passing team.

“We’ll get our skill guys out in the open and they’ll do what they do best,” said Childress, who is looking forward to throwing more. “I can stay away from the rush and look for open spots. I’ve been doing that since I was little.”

Childress doesn’t anticipate playing too much defense this season. He’ll focus on being quarterback.

“When our team is on defense, I can be with coach and he can break down what he sees. It will be better,” Childress said.

Baldwin is defending West Michigan D League champs and made the playoffs last season.

“We’ve been together since we were little,” Childress said. “I think we can win the league and get to the playoffs again. It will take hard work. If we keep pushing every day like we have, we should be able to go to the playoffs and do something in the playoffs.”