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BHS to face second straight winless opponent in Cyclones

October 2, 2008

Local football fans will see a familiar face across the field Friday night when the Baldwin High School football team squares off against Ottawa Friday night.

Some BHS fans might not recognize him, but those who have followed Baker University football for the past few years will. Marc Bergan, former offensive coach for the Wildcats, is now the first-year coach for the Cyclones.

Ottawa (0-4) enters the contest winless, while Baldwin (3-1) is on a two-game winning streak. The Cyclones’ record isn’t giving BHS coach Mike Berg any confidence heading into Friday’s Frontier League match up.

“They are very well coached,” Berg said. “Coach Bergan is doing a super job with his new team this year. They are young in a few positions and that’s to be expected, because he is starting from ground zero. He wants those young kids to be in his system for more than one year. I like what I see speed wise, but they are a little bit smaller than most teams we see. Their kids play hard, though.”

Last week, the Cyclones were beaten 32-0 by Spring Hill. In fact, they haven’t won a game since 2005.

When it comes to preparing for the Cyclones, Berg is having his Bulldogs practice several offensive and defensive schemes.

“It’s a multiple set offense,” Berg said. “He’ll go shotgun, one back, I formation and a whole bunch of different formations. It’s almost like a college offense.

“Defensively, I’m not sure what we are going to get,” he said. “It could be a 4-4, 6-2, 5-3 or a bear front. It’s a multiple set defense, too. So we’re going to have to practice against everything this week.”

Friday will be Baldwin’s first road game since its thumping at Gardner-Edgerton on Sept. 12. Berg said the Bulldogs are anxious to win their second road contest of the year.

“The last road game kind of left a bad taste in our mouth, so we’re trying to get back on track on the road.”

The game begins at 7 p.m. Friday in Ottawa.

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