Documentary celebrates Turkey Day game history
When the annual Northampton-Catasauqua Thanksgiving football clash had to be moved because of districtwide construction in Northampton in 2013, it was a different experience for supporters of the K-Kids and Rough Riders.
But for some members of the Northampton community, it was a chance to take a stroll down memory lane.
The game was played at Muhlenberg College’s stadium in Allentown for the first time since 1969. Northampton Area School District Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik assembled a team to document the game’s unique revival in Allentown and the eventual return to the renovated Al Erdosy Stadium.
Filmmaker Scott Stoneback and writer Paul Willistein conducted a series of interviews and gathered game footage across 2013 and 2014. The project was funded by the Hercules Cement Company.
Once the filming was complete, the project was handed off to Dr. Kathleen E. Ott, NASD director of data, grants and special programs. Ott was able to involve a variety of students in the completion of the documentary, specifically those with interest in digital arts and business management.
“The making of this documentary was always about documenting an important part of history for both districts,” Ott said.
“Both Scott Stoneback and Paul Willistein donated countless hours on the project and donated the conversion of the footage to a usable medium for the high school graphic arts department.”
Northampton Area High School digital arts teacher Tara Gray worked with 2016 graduate Adrieanna Young on compiling historic footage of the two teams. The documentary was completed earlier this year.
Seniors and DECA Club members Tiffany Alexander and Lacey Ursu have sold copies of the DVD at every Northampton home football game, in addition to a few Catasauqua games, the annual Powder Puff game and a handful of other community events.
The documentary is available for purchase for $10. Proceeds of the DVD sales will be evenly divided between the DECA Club and the graphic arts department.
The two teams will meet on Thanksgiving for the 91st time. In total, the K-Kids and Rough Riders have played 95 times with Northampton holding a 57-33-4 advantage.
For those who are unable to attend the game at Al Erdosy Stadium, the documentary can still be purchased by contacting Ott at the NASD administrative office at 610-262-7811, ext. 20030.