BHS is ready for home opener
It's time to open the season for Baldwin High School football and when that happens, there's no place like home to do it especially with the Bulldogs playing at refurbished Liston Stadium.
"It's always been a great place to play football and it's even better now," said head coach Mike Berg. "The field is unbelievable. The stadium, locker rooms and everything else are first rate, too."
A big crowd is expected for Friday's opener. The evening's festivities start with the third-annual Bulldog Bash, a tailgaters delight, at 5:30 p.m. It's all an entire family can eat, along with admission to the game and fun and games, all for $25.
Then it's the 7 p.m. kickoff with what could certainly be another Bulldog bash. Both BHS and Anderson County are the Bulldogs. Last year BHS topped Anderson's version of the Bulldogs by a 55-8 count. BHS went on to a 5-4 season, while Anderson County went 0-9.
But, it's a new year and new season. Changes abound for BHS (see story this page and in the Football Preview section), but most notably are new offensive and defensive sets and schemes. Baldwin has moved to the Wing-T on offense and the 5-2 on defense. Berg believes his Bulldogs are getting the hang of both.
"I think the kids are really adapting well to them," he said of the new offense and defense. "We're keeping it simple right now and just touching the surface of what we can do with them.
"We just want to have the kids have the right assignments this year and be in the right places," said Berg.
But, regardless of changes and new faces, Friday's winner will be the team that executes the best.
"That's exactly right. That's football," said Berg. "Who makes the best tackles, makes the best blocks and makes the fewest mistakes will be the winner."