BHS ready to begin district play with SFT
Although the Baldwin High School football team will be excited about starting postseason action Friday night, it will also be sad to play its final home game of the season.
When BHS (5-1) squares off against Santa Fe Trail (0-6), it will be the last time the Bulldogs play at Liston Stadium. Well, that is unless they host a playoff game there in November.
“I think our kids are wanting to play at home, because we’ve had so much success at home this year,” coach Mike Berg said. “Hopefully, we can take care of business and get to play at home later on in the season.”
Baldwin will be taking on a winless Charger team that has suffered a handful of close defeats. Friday will mark the first time the two teams have played each other in several years.
“They’ve lost five games by a touchdown or a field goal,” Berg said. “They’ve been struggling to get in the win column, but they’re playing really good, fundamental football. Their coach is in his second year and he’s playing a lot of young kids, but he’s doing a good job.”
The Chargers’ offense will be similar to the De Soto offense as it’s mostly a shotgun formation with misdirection in the backfield.
“Offensively, they use the shotgun formation with a lot of misdirection,” Berg said. “They do some nice things. They throw the ball well and they do a lot of misdirection with the quarterback and running back.”
On defense, Santa Fe Trail has been using the 4-4 scheme with lots of blitzing. Berg said his team has been working all week to prepare for the Chargers’ defense.
“They run a 4-4 defense with a lot of stunting and blitzing,” Berg said. “They will stack the linebackers behind, slant the defensive linemen and blitz off the edge or vice versa. It’s something we worked on today, because we have to be able to fire off the ball and not worry about the blitzing.”
This will be the first of three district games for Baldwin. The Bulldogs will play at Perry-Lecompton and at Eudora in the next two weeks. Berg is trying to keep his team focused from week to week, especially after coming off a big victory over Louisburg last week.
“We’ve been telling our kids that everybody is 0-0,” Berg said. “We’re all starting a new season and the preseason is over. We have to refocus and take one opponent at a time now. If we lose focus, we will find ourselves out of the playoffs.”