In a prelude to Turkey Day, girls get a win
The annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Northampton and Catasauqua is set for next Thursday at Muhlenberg College's Scotty Wood Stadium. Kickoff is for 10 a.m.
But before that, the two schools renewed the friendly competition during the weekend's annual Powder Puff football game.
Behind two touchdowns from Leandra Sterner and one from Alison Horn, the Konkrete Kids defeated the Rough Riders, 19-14, in the 2013 Powder Puff game on Sunday night at Catasauqua High School's Alumni Field.
"It's fun because they're close, and then we always play them on Turkey Day as well," Horn said.
Sterner, who also plays soccer, basketball and softball, played quarterback for the Konkrete Kids, and made a number of plays with both her arm and legs.
On the team's opening drive, Sterner connected with Emy Jeanne for a 45-yard touchdown pass that gave the Konkrete Kids an early 6-0 advantage.
"I always play backyard football with my neighbors," Sterner said. "I always enjoyed playing quarterback. I just enjoy football a lot."
After Catasauqua's duo of Rachel Sell and Danielle Lilly did a majority of the running on their first drive, capped off by a Lilly 5-yard touchdown and extra point, the Konkrete Kids were able to retake the lead nearly eight minutes later.
Horn was able to use her speed - which is a big part of her game, as she also runs track and field and plays soccer-to score on a 17-yard touchdown run to the left side with 3:33 to play in the half.
That score gave the Konkrete Kids a 13-7 lead they would never relinquish.
"I do track [and] I like to run," Horn said. "I play soccer as well, and that kind of helps. It was fun."
On the Konkrete Kids' first drive of the second half, Sterner had an impact through the air and on the ground. After converting on a pivotal pass to give the Konkrete Kids a first down, Sterner used her speed and acceleration to score on a 49-yard touchdown run later in the drive that put them ahead 19-7.
She started to the right side of the team's offensive line, but cut back toward the left sideline where she was able to pass Catty's defense, and cut back across the field for the score.
"It was a lot of fun," Sterner said. "I was looking forward to it since my freshman year."
"I've always kind of wanted to play football, so this is kind of cool," Horn said.
The Rough Riders weren't ready to give in just yet, however, as an 18-yard touchdown pass from Lilly to Shea O'Brien brought them to with five points late in the fourth quarter.
Catasauqua, who had just 15 players compared to roughly 80 for the Konkrete Kids, wouldn't get another chance on offense.