Baldwin Panthers bounce back to ground Farwell Eagles
Baldwin rebounds from loss to Reed City last week with a strong showing Friday
BALDWIN — It was an entirely different strategy and an entirely different result for the Baldwin Panthers Friday night.
Eight days after launching an air assault in a 60-27 loss to Reed City, the Panthers came home and used both the passing and ground game effectively in a 49-6 rout over Farwell in nonleague action Friday night.
Brandon Childress ran for three touchdowns and passed for two while gaining 105 yards on the ground and 156 yards in the air.
“We were focusing on the fact we lost last week and we had a bad taste in our mouths,” Da’Ron Copeland said. “We had to give 100 percent, come out here and play hard.”
The Panthers scored on all of their first five possessions and built a 43-0 halftime lead. The entire second half was played with the running clock.
“We came out and played offense like I know we can play,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “I was a little disappointed toward the end. We’re way up at halftime and lost a little focus. Anytime you win, we’ll take it and it’s good. There’s still too many arm tackles. We’re still missing people.”
Childress had scoring runs of 2 and 30 yards in the first quarter. Farwell’s offense sputtered with seven of the first
10 snaps from center in the shotgun formation either going over the quarterback’s head or inches in front of his feet.
In the second quarter, Childress had scoring passes of 6 and 25 yards to Da’Ron Copeland and Alex Wroblewski. The pass to Wroblewski was set up on a 70-yard interception return by Brenton Childress. Late in the half, Damon Nichols went all the way for a 60-yard interception return and a 43-point Baldwin lead at intermission.
“Brandon just runs the show,” Bolles said. “(Friday), he showed the difference. Last week, we couldn’t run against Reed City. (Friday), we could run or pass. We put them on an island. He ran a little bit and put them on their heels. Now they’re coming at him and he’s throwing the ball. And we spread it around (Friday). It was a really good team win.”
Demetrius Kane’s 17-yard run capped Baldwin’s scoring late in the third quarter. Farwell had a 3-yard run by Noah Wilson in the fourth quarter.
Kane rushed for six carries and 54 yards. Baldwin had 196 yards rushing and 176 passing
Baldwin plays at Vestaburg next Friday.
“That will be a tough game with Vestaburg,” Bolles said. “It’s been a long time since Baldwin has beaten them. We know that will be a playoff tester for us.”
BALDWIN 49, FARWELL 6
F 00 00 00 06 — 06
B 14 29 06 00 — 49
B — Brandon Childress 2 run (Childress pass to Damon Nichols), 9:38.
B — Brandon Childress 30 run (run fails), 3:34.
B — Brandon Childress 6 pass to Da’Ron Copeland, (Demetrius Kane run), 11:50
B — Brandon Childress 28 run (Brenton Childress kick), 8:41
B — Brandon Childress 25 pass to Alex Wroblewski (Brandon Childress kick), 8:11
B — Nichols 60-yard interception return (kick fails), 1:14
B — Demetrius Kane 17 run (kick fails), 3;39
F — Noah Wilson 3 run (kick fails)
Rushing: Baldwin 26-196 (Brandon Childress 8-104, Brenton Childress 5-19, Damon Nichols 3-(-)4, Kane 6-54. Jared Williams 2-5, Blake Dockery 2-3.
Passing: Baldwin 7-12-0-186 (Brandon Childress 6-10-0 152, Damon Nichols 1-3-0 30
Receiving: Baldwin (Nichols 2-64, Brenton Childress1-25, Copeland 1-6, Brandon Childless 1-30, Wroblewski 1-25)