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Kids look to pick up another win

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Over the next three weeks, Northampton should have a definitive reading on its football program.

The Kids will host Pocono Mountain West Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium riding a three-game winning streak in an impressive fashion. They have posted three consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1970 and have scored 50 more points in two consecutive games for the first time since 1961.

Their latest shutout was a 50-0 drubbing of East Stroudsburg North.

It is a changing time in the Konkrete Kids’ program.

“We are coming into the meet of our schedule,” said head coach Kyle Haas. “Over the next three weeks, we are in a position to really do something and put ourselves in a position to take our stance in the EPC (East Penn Conference).”

Despite Pocono Mountain West’s losing record (1-3), Haas expects his team to face their stiffest challenge since Parkland in the opening week. The Panthers ended a three-game skid by doubling up Allen last week, 56-28.

“They are a dangerous team,” said Haas of his opponent. “This will be a challenge for our defense.

“Our secondary hasn’t seen a team lately as balanced as they are. But I know our kids are confident and they know what is at stake.”

After Pocono Mountain West, the Kids will face East Stroudsburg South and Stroudsburg, both who enter this week’s play with 3-1 records.

“They are the best teams in the (EPC) North,” added Haas. “But we have maintained our stance at taking one game at a time.

“We have talked to our kids about expecting to be there with them. We have beaten teams with lesser records, but it is about the manner in which we have beaten them.”

Haas also realizes his team continues to reach new heights.

“We have been a team of firsts this year,” he said. “We have been doing things that haven’t been done in a long time around here. We will be tested on just how good we are.”

Haas also has been pleased with the ongoing development of quarterback Cam Ritter.

“He has been unbelievably accurate,” said Haas of his senior signal caller. “I see him starting to settle in. He had all the intangibles we were looking for, and I like his competitiveness and attention to detail.

“If he keeps going like he is, teams won’t be able to out eight men in the box against us.”

The Kids’ running game has been their staple, and their overall depth is a luxury.

“It is really a stable of backs,” said Haas. “We only have one senior (Aiden Jones) and a lot of depth.

“Josh Gaycheck can come in and give Tyrese (Brandon) a break and a guy like Nick Caiazzo, who has been playing a lot of defense, can be an odd man out. We also have a good group of sophomore backs who will get better.”

Caiazzo brought back an interception for a touchdown against East Stroudsburg North, and the Kids’ defense has been a steady force.

Haas credited coordinator Shawn Eaignault and assistant Mike Feifel for their construction of the unit.

“Those guys bring a lot of experience to the table,” said Haas. “Our defense has been pretty solid.”

Haas and his team will be anxious to take the field this Friday.