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Eastburg N. up next

Friday, September 28, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Over the past month, Northampton’s football team has been on a momentous ride. However, the Konkrete Kids may experience some bumps along the way in the next three weeks.

The Kids (4-1) will bring their four-game winning streak to East Stroudsburg South Friday night to meet the Cavaliers (4-1) in a contest that could decide the East Penn Conference (EPC) North Division.

It will be the first in a series of two games that will test the Kids’ mettle, as they will tangle with undefeated Stroudsburg at home the following week. Northampton’s opponents during their four-game winning streak had a combined two wins.

“We are going to face a huge challenge over the next two weeks,” said Northampton head coach Kyle Haas. “This will be a good test for us and we’re looking forward to it. We know we will have to be mentally tough and not lose our edge.”

The Cavaliers feature running back Ryan Clark, who already has eclipsed the 1,100-mark in rushing. Defensively the Cavaliers have a 4-3 alignment. They are averaging 35 points a game offensively, while allowing 26 points per contest.

“These are two teams with similar identities,” said Haas. “Both of us like to run the football, and we have to be a balanced team.

“They have a big offensive line and two very good running backs. They run a 4-3 on defense, but they might try and have more people in the box.”

Haas knows he will have a better read on his team’s progress as well as their chances to get a district berth for the first time since 2003. The Kids also have the Cement Belt Challenge with Whitehall in their last regular season game Oct. 26.

“We want to be a balanced football team,” said Haas. “This will be a good football game. We have earned the right to play a game of this magnitude. We have to continue to be mentally tough and make plays.

“We have two really good games and we’ll see where we are.”

PREDICTION: Northampton passed a major test last week with their win over Pocono Mountain West and premier back Kaleb Monaco gained 164 on them. This week, the stakes are higher with Ryan Clark and a higher octane offense.

This will be a very entertaining football game, and it will be interesting to see if the Kids have reached level with a huge challenge on the road ... Kids in a squeaker, 28-27.