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Monday, February 17, 2020

Kids win again

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

For the Northampton football team, the beat goes on.

The Konkrete Kids have been one of the surprises of the East Penn Conference (EPC) as well as football in the Lehigh Valley. A doormat for the better part of the last century, the Kids (4-1) will enter this week’s clash against East Stroudsburg South riding a four-game winning streak.

And they have done it in grand style.

With their latest 48-6 victory over Pocono Mountain West, the Kids have outscored their opponents, 211-6.

However, the Kids aren’t taking anything for granted.

“We won’t be satisfied until we play our last football game,” said head coach Kyle Haas. “Look at what happened in the Nazareth-Becahi game. When you start to feel good, you may not play as well.

“When they cut it to 13-6, we didn’t change out style. We kept coming at them and stayed in control.”

The Kids still have plenty of reasons to smile.

Against Pocono Mountain West, they scored on their first two possessions and marched to a 41-6 advantage at halftime. Coming into the game, the Kids had posted three consecutive shutouts, a feat not accomplished since 1970.

Aiden Jones scored on a 10-yard run and also returned a kick 80 yards for a score. Josh Gaycheck has a pair of rushing touchdowns, one from the 7-yard line and another from the 4.

Quarterback Cameron Eaton tossed a pair of touchdowns – a 13-yarder and a 30-yarder- to highlight a 9-for-23, 116-yard evening.

The Kids once again has a productive rushing attack, producing 208 yards via eight backs with double figures. Ethan Deater lead the attack with 62 yards.

“We have been rotating backs and it has been working,” said Haas. “One of our challenges right now is to stay healthy. Our trainer doesn’t have a lot of our guys seeing him. We have been fortunate.”

“Our guys are running hard, and they can only get better.”

Haas also continues to be impressed with his defense. The Kids were tested by Pocono Mountain West running back Kaleb Monaco, who pounded their defense 20 times for 164 yards.

Cornerback Tyrese Brandon was one of the Kids who had an impressive night.

“We have been running to the football and our tackling is improving,” said Haas. “Tyrese (Brandon) did a great job on their (Pocono Mountain West) number one receiver as he jammed him all night.

“We have been getting better each week defensively.”

It has been a different path since the Kids were shutout by Parkland, 41-0, in the opener.

“We were down 13-0 at halftime and didn’t realize we were still in the game,” said Haas. “But these kids have bought into what we have been telling them and now they realize.

“We just have to keep getting better.”