BHS starting quarterback yet to be determined
A starting quarterback hasn't been chosen, but that hasn't affected the Baldwin High School football team when it comes to the annual 7-on-7 passing league.
The Bulldogs cruised through the first two weeks of the league with a 4-1 record.
"It's going pretty good," senior-to-be Drew Berg said of the league. "Our receivers are catching the ball really well. The record doesn't mean anything, but it's fun and we are getting better as a team."
Berg has played a significant amount of time as the Bulldogs' quarterback during the first two weeks. However, junior-to-be Sam Beecher has also stepped in and played a couple of games for BHS.
Coach Mike Berg said both players have shown the ability to play well, but there is no starter set for the fall.
"We are playing quarterback-by-committee right now," M. Berg said. "Sam had two series where he scored. Drew looked good the first couple of games. Things are clicking."
Last fall, Blake Wieden handled the reins of quarterback at Baldwin. He graduated, leaving the spot vacant until August rolls around.
D. Berg started at wide receiver for Baldwin last fall. He has played quarterback on the junior varsity team during a few games. Tight end and senior-to-be Jesse Green said he is used to his teammate as quarterback, so he didn't have to adjust much this summer.
"It's a little bit different, but it's not much of a change since I played with him on JV," Green said. "It's not too much of an adjustment."
Beecher started at running back last year and has played quarterback during his time at BHS. He enjoys hopping in there during 7-on-7 to play the field general.
"It was fun," Beecher said of playing quarterback. "Hopefully I might get to play it a little bit this year, maybe. We don't want to bring out any secrets or anything, but we'll see what happens."
Both Bulldogs played quarterback Monday night. D. Berg started the first two games, but Beecher took over in the final contest of the night.
Baldwin took care of Ottawa in the night's opener, winning 28-7. That victory carried BHS to a perfect 3-0 start in the league.
That perfect beginning would end in the Bulldogs' next contest. De Soto led 14-0 before Baldwin came back to tie the game. The Wildcats scored one more time to win 21-14.
"We are two knocked balls away from being undefeated right now," M. Berg said. "The De Soto kid made two great catches. We had guys in position. The record doesn't mean anything right now, but 4-1 does sound nice."
Green said the Bulldogs let the game slip away by not giving their normal performance.
"It was nice being undefeated," Green said. "That one we should have won. We just didn't do what we usually do and we got a little tired."
To wrap up the evening, Baldwin defeated Kansas City Turner 28-14. Beecher enjoys the competitive nature of the summer league.
"It was a great time. We were working on our passing game and being a little bit competitive," Beecher said. "It's kind of like backyard football and playing with your buds."
The Bulldogs are enjoying their 4-1 start in the summer league.
"It's going pretty good," Green said. "We are learning a lot and we're helping the younger kids get in here and play. It's a lot of fun, except that game we lost."
M. Berg has been proud of the effort his team is giving each night. He is also happy to see several teammates attending the games as fans.
"I think we are playing great right now," M. Berg said. "It's kind of exciting. I'm ready to start the season. We even have our linemen showing up for support."
Last week, the Bulldogs beat Eudora 21-7and Gardner 28-21. Despite the loss Monday, the BHS coach thought his team improved from the opening night.
"I think we did play better this week," M. Berg said. "We are breaking on the ball better on defense. Our guys know what zone they're in now. We were kind of running around like chickens last week, because we aren't able to practice."
The junior varsity Bulldogs also played two games Monday. They beat Turner 21-7 and tied Shawnee Mission North 14-14.
"We had guys that have never played before," M. Berg said. "We played Turner who is 5A and Shawnee Mission North who is 6A. We beat Turner and tied Shawnee Mission. That is pretty special."
BHS will begin its team camp July 23 and everyone associated with the team is ready to hit the field.
"It starts July 23," M. Berg said. "I've got it on my calendar. I am counting the days down. At least we are in the right month now."
Green said he is just ready to put the pads on and hit someone.
"I am looking forward to camp," Green said. "I am looking forward to putting the pads on. I am ready to hit somebody."