After suffering a tough first loss, the Baldwin High School freshmen football team bounced back with a huge win.
Losing to Spring Hill in the opener 18-16 didn't keep the Bulldogs down for too long. They came roaring back with a 44-8 win over the Prairie View Buffaloes Thursday.
"The first game was rough, it was the first time playing for a lot of my teammates. The second, on the other hand, went a lot better. We improved a lot from the first game and we started to come together as a team," said tailback B.T. Turk.
"We showed a lot of improvement over a week of time. We had a good practice week, which really helped them come together as a team. Our goal this year is to improve every game," said coach Bob Martin.
"We were a little sloppy, but we will get better as the season goes on. As soon we get the mental part of the game, I think the rest will come," said quarterback Jason Kesinger.
The squad has high expectations and personal goals for their first year.
"I want to play in the backfield with my brother," said fullback Micah Mason.
"I would like to finish the season above .500," said Turk.
The team is well on its way to doing that after Thursday's showing. Mason scored on two touchdown runs. Kesinger ran for a score and hit Andrew Hannon with a pair of touchdown passes. Derek Lang also had a touchdown for the Dawgs. Scoring two-point conversions were Turk (twice) and Mason.
The defense also got in the act with interceptions by Turk (two) and Brad Ikenberry, with Ricky Spotts chipping in with a fumble recovery.
The team plays at home Thursday against Wellsville at 4:30 p.m.