Northampton Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

Haas happy how Kids won

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

For Northampton, it wasn’t simply about a convincing 49-0 shutout over Dieruff, it was how the Konkrete Kids accomplished it.

“If we would have won 21-7, it would have been different,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “We had an emphatic win. To hold their quarterback to minus-eight yards (rushing) really says something.

“It proved to our kids that they can play at a high caliber and take care of business.”

Northampton rolled up 302 yards rushing behind six backs that were in double figures, four of them who averaged more than eight yards a carry. Ethan Deater paced the Kids with 93 yards rushing.

The Kids stormed out to a 21-0 lead after the opening quarter to take control of the game. Tyrese Brandon had two touchdowns rushing and one receiving in the opening half.

Haas credited the offensive line of Nate Bendekovits, Jared Everett, Bubba Werkheiser, Dominic Solomon and Matt Wiest for setting the pace.

“They did a great job,” said Haas. “It’s much easier for the backs when the linemen are doing their job. If they continue to jell and be on the same page, they can be really good.”

Kids’ quarterback Cam Eaton bounced back from a subpar performance in the opener against Parkland and completed 8 of 11 attempts for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“He’s (Eaton) is doing exactly what we thought he would do,” said Haas. “He can be kid who can play college football someday. He just takes care of things.

“(Quarterbacks coach) Dan Kendra has done a great job working with him. If he continues and teams don’t stack the box and have to defend the pass, we’ll be tough to stop.”

The Kids will welcome winless Pleasant Valley (0-2) to Lou Wolf Field at Al Erdosy Stadium Friday. Through their first two games, Pleasant Valley has been outscored 75-14.

“They (Pleasant Valley) looks like a team that makes a lot of mistakes and shoots themselves in the foot,” said Haas. “They have a decent running attack and we have to expect them to play a perfect game.

“We can’t think that they will make the same mistakes. We need to run around on defense, control the line of scrimmage, run the football, and get up early ... the same things we did against Dieruff.

“But the longer we allow them to hang around, the more difficult game we will have.”

Yet, Haas already has seen a major shift in the culture.

“The way the kids have come out in practice makes us look like a different football team,” he said. “We are more confident and make the right reads.

“We see the potential and we know it is there. They are believing they can be a good team. We have to see if they can put two good games back-to-back. We will see how they respond.

“But we are looking like we can be a pretty good football team.”