Two weeks into the high school football season and already it's showdown time in the Frontier League.
Baldwin and Gardner-Edgerton, both 2-0, will tangle at 7 tonight in Gardner.
"We'll find out how good we are, for sure," Baldwin coach Mike Berg said.
Baldwin is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1993. The Bulldogs belted Prairie View, 44-0, in their opener, then salvaged a 20-15 victory over Wellsville last Friday. The Bulldogs squeezed Wellsville despite 19 penalties.
"We were real fortunate to play that bad and still win," Berg said. "We've been trying to get back on track this week."
Basically a passing team last year, Baldwin is more run-oriented this season with Tyler Inzer, a sprinter in track, playing quarterback and Micah Mason operating at tailback. Mason gained 115 yards rushing against Wellsville.
Defense, however, has been the Bulldogs' strong suit. Baldwin ranks second in the league in yardage allowed.
Kyle Flory, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound sophomore linebacker, leads the Bulldogs in tackles with 33. Flory had 22 stops against Prairie View and 11 against Wellsville.
Other defensive standouts, according to Berg, have been tackle Witt Hinton and outside linebacker Brian Lauridsen.
Gardner-Edgerton coach Mark Meyer has most of the players back from last year's team that bowed to Baldwin, 32-29, at Liston Stadium.
Like Baldwin, the Trailblazers have also played Prairie View, winning 52-18. Their other victory was a 46-32 decision over Osawatomie.
"Those two teams are a combined 0-4," Meyer said, "so obviously this will be our first test."
On paper, it would appear tonight's contest will be a classic battle of the Trailblazers' high-octane offense against Baldwin's stingy defense.
"We need to come out focused," Berg said. "If we do that, hopefully we'll be competitive with them."