BHS preparing for Kaws’ spread offense
Although a win Friday night won’t guarantee anything, Baldwin High School football coach Mike Berg will feel more comfortable if his team can beat Perry-Lecompton.
The two teams square off at 7 p.m. Friday at Perry-Lecompton. It will be the second district game for both squads.
“It makes you feel better as a coach when you are 2-0 in districts,” Berg said. “That’s for sure. It’s a game that is on the road against a very good Perry-Lecompton team. They are playing really well and putting a lot of points on the scoreboard. We’ve got to have a really good week of practice to prepare.”
The Kaws are 5-2 and coming off a 41-33 victory over Eudora last week. Baldwin is 6-1 and crushed Santa Fe Trail 46-18 last week.
Despite last week’s easy win, Berg said his team is still making too many mistakes, especially penalties.
“I keep saying this and I sound like a broken record, but we haven’t peaked yet,” Berg said. “We are still making mistakes. I think it’s good that we are winning and making mistakes. We’ve got to fix those. I hope this is the week that we get rid of those penalties and do all of the little things right.”
The Kaws’ offense likes to spread the field and allow their quarterback Shane Gimzo to make plays. Berg said he is dangerous with his arm and legs.
“They run a spread offense,” Berg said. “They are in shotgun every play. It looks like Tim Tebow back there, because he can run all over the place and he has a really big tight end that he likes to throw to. He’s 6-5 and 220 pounds. They do have a running game, too. They like to run the quarterback. He has more than 1,000 yards passing and rushing. They have a good athlete back there.
“We have to play good assignment football,” he said. “We have to tackle well and not over pursue, because he likes to cut back. We have to stay in our gap and play good fundamental football.”
Defensively, the Kaws will primarily put five players on the line of scrimmage to stop the opponent’s running attack.
“They like to run a 5-2 front,” Berg said. “They do a good job of stopping the run, so we are really going to have to stay on our blocks this week.”
After watching film of the Kaws’ game against Eudora, Berg noticed a few things that might help his team this week.
“Eudora did a really nice job of running their power game and a little bit of misdirection,” Berg said. “By looking at that, we see that we can do a few things. We’ve just got to execute and not make those penalties.”