Kids fall to SHS
Now it is about how the Konkrete Kids respond.
The Kids seemingly were deflated after they watched Stroudsburg erupt for 27 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 34-26 victory over the Kids at Al Erdosy Stadium that snapped their five-game winning streak.
Northampton (5-2) has its opportunities in the opening half, as they were in position for several scoring opportunities. They did emerge with a 7-0 advantage at halftime held Stroudsburg to 81 yards of total offense in a game that likely decided the East Penn Conference North division.
The Kids had a 14-7 advantage before Stroudsburg (6-1), which won its sixth straight game, began to control the line on both sides of the ball.
“The postgame message was this wasn’t the end of the world. I was proud of the way they played and there’s always a silver lining in a loss,” said head coach Kyle Haas. “I was happy with the way we ran the football. We had some mental lapses, and they made some big plays.
“These next three games will define us.”
The Kids still are in an advantageous situation for their first district playoff berth since 2008 with games ahead with Allen, Pocono Mountain East, and Whitehall. Currently, they are sixth in the Class 6A bracket, but they can’t afford another loss if they want to possibly host a game.
Tyrese Brandon led the Kids with 140 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, and Kyle Wescoe caught five ball for 42 yards. The Kids outgained Stroudsburg, 404-394, in total yardage.
One of the interesting storylines over the final three weeks of the regular season will be at quarterback.
Sophomore Joe Kerbacher will get the start at Allen this week. Kerbacher replaced Eaton in the final quarter and rallied the Kids to a pair of scores. The sophomore showed his speed, as he ran for 83 yards. Eaton completed eight of 15 passes for 79 yards with two interceptions.
“We want to give Joe (Kerbacher) a shot,” said Haas. “Joe can give us a spark with his arm and legs. It is another dimension we haven’t had. We are a run-first team, and we are not asking our quarterback to win games. We play that style of football.
“When we have guys open, we have to get them the ball. Joe did a phenomenal job with the JV team. This is a good opportunity to see what he can do, and Cam (Eaton) has to stay ready.”
The Kids will meet a 2-5 Allen team that has looked better than their record.
“We can’t let them hang around and gain confidence,” said Haas. “If we do, we’ll be in a dogfight. They are a fast team whose quarterback can control the ball. They run and I formation offense and a 3-4 defense.
“(Former Parkland and Allentown Central Catholic head coach) Jim Morgans told me to get right back to work after a loss.”
Haas is confident his club can finish the regular season 8-2 and secure home for the district playoffs.
“For us at a program that hasn’t won in 10 years, whether we win or lose, the goal is to get better,” Haas said. “The goal for us is we need to watch film and we need to evaluate. We need to try to improve steadily every single week, so we can play our best football in the postseason, if we qualify.”