Panthers lose final home game against rival Brethren
BALDWIN -- Baldwin's football team took it on the chin on Friday with a 56-14 loss to West Michigan D League foe Brethren in the final home game of the 8-player season for the Panthers.
Brethren built a 42-0 halftime lead. Baldwin had one scoring threat in the half but could not convert.
In the third quarter, the Bobcats apparently scored again but were called for a holding penalty. On the next play, Baldwin's Carmelo Lindsey intercepted the pass and returned it 75 yards for the touchdown. The Panther two-point conversion made it 42-8. Baldwin had a goal-line stand on Brethren's next series.
Mason Stapley scored on a 10-yard running play for Brethren to enter the fourth quarter for a 48-8 lead.
Lindsey had a 19-yard touchdown run with 4:47 to play to make it 48-14.
Nick Wilson caught a 20-yard pass for Brethren for a touchdown with 2:42 to play.
Brethren improved to 5-1 in the league and 5-3 overall. Baldwin fell to 2-4 and 2-6.
In pregame comments, coach Bob Watkins realized the challenge his team was facing.
"This week's opponent has a strong passing game and is fighting for conference champs," Watkins said. "We have to step-up our running game and control the clock. Our goal this week is to don't step back but build from last week."
The Panthers were coming off a 34-14 win last week over Crossroads Charter Academy with Baldwin taking the Top Cat trophy.
Baldwin last season lost to Brethren in a forfeit for not having enough players.
Baldwin's other win this season was 28-0 over Bear Lake.
Baldwin plays at Onekama (5-2) this Friday in non-league action to close out the season.