Last year, Baldwin didn't have any trouble with keeping the games close, but squeaking by for the victory was a problem.
The Bulldogs look to be on the winning side in 1993, returning 14 seniors from last year's 4-5 team.
"There were four games we felt we should have won," Baldwin coach Bernie Bierman said. "We got beat once when we got two punts blocked and ran back for touchdowns and another in which our secondary fell asleep. The kids realize we have improved in a lot of the aspects of the game since last year."
Baldwin loses only four seniors from last season, leaving a multitude of experience.
"The kids know what we expect and know what it takes to be successful," Bierman said. "That'll be a big plus."
THE BULLDOGS return their offensive ground attack of a trio of seniors -- quarterback Chad Scoby and running backs Darrin Kurtz and Bryan Lash, an all-league selection.
"They're good all-around athletes," Bierman said. "Lash and Kurtz have decent size and decent speed. They carry the ball well, are good blockers and are good receivers."
The offensive line is composed of center Donnie Hornberge, Jason Champagne, Jason Ellis, Andy Wedemyer, and all-league tight end Matt Haney.
"We have pretty much run out of the I in the past," Bierman said. "We're a three yards and a cloud of dust type, primarily a running team."
Defensively, Baldwin hopes to improve its secondary, which is composed of Lash, Kurtz, Chris Roberts, Jimmy Nigh, Chris Benjamin, and Scott Schwarz.
"Last year, we had one game in which they beat us with the long bomb," Bierman recalled. "We improved after that with our passing defense. With the experienced unit returning, we should have a much improved secondary."
Seniors Jay Armbrister and James Harper team with Danny Thomas and Sean Pritchard on the defensive line. Casey O'Connor and all-league selection Jason Piper return at linebacker.
"OUR DEFENSE looks to be strong with all of the experience we have with nine starters returning," Bierman touted. "Everyone improved over the summer and we hope to be tough defensively."
The Bulldogs face five road games this year, with three to open the season and two in districts.
"Hopefully the schedule doesn't affect us," Bierman said. "These kids have been on the road enough. But it's always helpful playing in front of the home crowd."