SPRING HILL Friday night's tussle with Spring Hill was just another routine cliff-hanger for Baldwin, only this time the Bulldogs emerged victorious.
The Bulldogs, 2-3, toppled the Broncos, 20-18, their fourth game decided by a touchdown or less.
Senior Denver Cleverley figures sluggish starts have hurt Baldwin so far.
"We lacked intensity most of all in the last three games," said Cleverly, a 5-9 running back. "Coming into this game, we had a little cushion because we thought we could win. We had the desire and intensity tonight. We had a couple of breakdowns in the first half, but I don't think that affected us."
After the Broncos jumped to an early 12-0 lead, Baldwin rallied on a leaping 15-yard reception by Cleverley from quarterback Chad Scoby to close the gap to 12-7.
BALDWIN REGAINED possession with :21 remaining in the first half. After a 19-yard Scoby run, Cleverley hit Matt Hanny with a 34-yard reverse halfback pass with :00 left to lead 14-12.
"We came out of the huddle and had two plays to run, and in the last game it worked against Paola, so we used it against Spring Hill," Cleverley said of the bomb. "We came out, I let it fly and he ran under it. That put us up a lot at half and fired us up."
After Spring Hill struck on a 55-yard interception return from Bryan Huffman, Baldwin answered with Bryan Lash's 16-yard sweeping touchdown run to push the score at 20-18.
Lash finished with a game-high 137 yards, followed by junior Darrin Kurtz, who rushed for 94 yards on 15 carries.
"I asked coach before if I could get more carries," said the 6-2, 175 running back, "and he let me have some opportunities."
Kurtz also attributed the performance to the offensive line.
"OUR OFFENSIVE line helped us out a lot," said Kurtz. "They opened some holes for us inside and that helped us with our running inside and outside."
Baldwin will face undefeated Louisburg next Friday at Louisburg.
"Out of this win, we learned quite a bit," Cleverley said. "Louisburg is a big game and we're going to be up for it. It's going to be a tough game, but I think we're going to come through."