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Football looks to get better

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

On paper, Northampton’s football team appears to be out to a strong start with a 2-1 record, posting consecutive shutouts in which they registered a total of 112 points.

Yet, head coach Kyle Haas knows the Konkrete Kids still need to fine tune some things even with a 63-0 trouncing of Pleasant Valley last Friday night.

The Kids had a 42-0 lead at halftime, and they scored on their first nine possessions.

“It was a big win and to win in that manner was good,” said Haas. “But you really don’t know until you look at the film if you did all the right things.

“We still have a lot of things to work on. You just have to try and get better every week.”

In their 63-0 shutout over Pleasant Valley, the Kids had eight rushing touchdowns and seven different players scored in the process. Overall, they amassed 379 yards on the ground, as their balanced rushing attack has been their forte.

“Our running backs have been able to find the holes. Our offensive line has been doing the right things, but they still have some things to fix.”

Senior quarterback Cam Eaton continues to steady his game. He completed 8 of 12 attempts for 136, connecting with Kyle Wescoe on a 69-yard touchdown pass on the game’s first play.

“Cam Eaton had a really good game,” said Haas. “He is doing all of the little things right and is improving every game. If Cam keeps coming along, we will be a tough team to stop.”

The Kids will hit the road Friday to East Stroudsburg North, which is coming off a 19-18 loss at Allen. However, the Timberwolves will enter the contest with an 0-3 record and were outscored in their first two games by a 119-14 margin.

Northampton will face its third consecutive opponent with a winless record.

“We watched (East Stroudsburg North) against Stroudsburg and Allen. They ran the football more against Stroudsburg than Allen. It looks to me like they are trying to establish an identity. They have a quarterback who can be a threat like Dieruff’s quarterback, and we need to contain him.”

Haas believes his team needs to take control early.

“If we give them a little bit of confidence, we will be in a for a dogfight,” he said. “We need to try and tackle better. We also need to run the ball like we have been doing and get out to an early lead.

Haas also likes the play of his defense. He is aware his club will face some strong running attacks ahead against Pocono Mountain West, East Stroudsburg North, Stroudsburg, and Allen.

“They all have backs who are capable of big games,” said Haas. ““Our tackling still is an Achilles heel. We have to work on it going into this weekend.

“Our defense has been running to the football and that’s good. We have been limiting team’s chances and having a lot of three-and-outs.”

Even though the Kids can gain a stronger hold on the East Penn Conference (EPC) North Division, they realize there are plenty of challenges ahead.

It is not all about what looks good on paper.

“Our guys just have to keep buying in to what we are selling,” said Haas. “People see us win big, but they don’t see the game like us coaches see it.

“This is still a process. We still have to take it one day at a time right now.”

PREDICTION: The Kids hit the road for a long ride up to the Bushkill Falls area on what could be a rainy night. If it is a muddy track, it will benefit the Kids’ punishing running game that has been a multiplayer attack.

Northampton should have another easy game to pad its record and build further confidence in all phases of their game before they get into the thick of the EPC North contenders. Unless they come out flat, this is another one that won’t be close … Kids 54-7