Winless Wildcats are Bulldogs’ homecoming foe
Baldwin High School's homecoming opponent might be winless, but that isn't making Mike Berg any more confident about Friday's match up.
Berg's BHS football team (2-1) will host the De Soto Wildcats (0-3) at 7 p.m. at Baker University's Liston Stadium. It will be the Bulldogs' second straight home game of the season.
Baldwin's opponent will be looking to pick up its first victory of the season against a BHS team that is coming off a 57-26 thumping of Spring Hill.
"They've lost two games by field goals," Berg said. "They are a very good team that has had some bad luck go their way. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with."
De Soto has lost its last two contests by a field goal. On Friday, they fell to Louisburg, 24-21, in overtime. Earlier that week, on Sept. 15, De Soto was beaten by Eudora on a last-second field goal, 36-33. The Wildcats' first game was a rout as Gardner-Edgerton won 39-0.
Now De Soto will come to Baldwin City to play on the turf at Liston Stadium. Berg said the turf might be an advantage for his opponent.
"I think they are going to be looking forward to playing on the turf, because they have a lot of team speed," Berg said. "They run a wide open spread offense to utilize their speed. It's going to be a tough competitor for us."
On the offensive side of the ball, the Wildcats will run a spread offense with lots of misdirection plays mixed in. Berg also said their offense will be similar to the Broncos, but slightly different.
"It's kind of like a mixture of Spring Hill and Baldwin," he said. "They will do some misdirection and turn the quarterback around. They call it the spin series.
"One of their big stars is their receiver Jamel Townsend," Berg said. "He's very tall and athletic. When they throw the ball, they want to go deep to him."
Defensively, the Wildcats have been running the 4-4 scheme this season. Berg said they have size on the line and speed in the linebacker position.
"They run the 4-4 stack," he said. "This is the first year they've run it. They have some smaller guys at linebacker with a lot of speed. They have big linemen. They have a 350-pounder in there and another guy who is 6-6, 270. So they have a lot of size with speed behind it."
Since it will be homecoming night for the Bulldogs, Berg hopes his players won't be too distracted. Although Sam Beecher and Clad Kueffer are two of the king candidates, Berg wants his team to come out and play well from the beginning.
"We hope our kids come out as inspired as they were against Spring Hill," Berg said. "I hope homecoming isn't a deterrent to them. We love playing at Liston. If we come out and execute like we did in the first quarter Friday night, we should be in pretty good shape."