Football team bounces back vs. Allen
After a 34-26 gut-wrenching, emotional loss to Stroudsburg, Northampton head coach Kyle Haas was a little apprehensive how his club would respond the following week.
Haas’ worries quickly were put to rest.
The Konkrete Kids responded with 48 points in the first half and rolled to a 62-7 victory at William Allen High School last Friday night.
“We had two days of practice that was OK, but not that intense,” said head coach Kyle Haas. “I wanted to see how they would respond. We put everything behind us. Our offensive line did a heck-of-a job, and we spread the ball around quickly.”
Northampton (6-2) again relied on its explosive running attack, churning up 455 yards on the ground and had all of their touchdowns rushing the football from seven different players.
“Our kids ran the ball hard and it was contagious,” added Haas. “Our offense took care of business.”
Tyrese Brandon, who has been the Kids’ leading rusher, led the team with 107 yards on the ground and Aiden Jones followed with 97. Brandon and Jones each scored a pair of touchdowns. Joe Kerbacher, Josh Gaycheck, Nick Caiazzo, and Sebastian Rosario.
“With Tyrese (Brandon) and (Aiden) Jones, it has been a process,” added Haas. “We have been telling them that it they work hard at practice, they will see results in games. It looked like Aiden (Jones) was running with a purpose out there.
“They both did a nice job and took care of the football.”
Jones and his teammates were anxious to get back on track.
“I think I had a very good game running the ball,” said Jones. “I was anxious to get back out there. I couldn’t have done it without my offensive line. Those guys were pushing people 10 yards off the ball.
“I saw the holes and hit them aggressively.”
It also was an impressive first start for sophomore quarterback Joe Kerbacher, who relieved senior Cam Eaton against Stroudsburg. Kerbacher completed four-of-nine passes for 66 yards and he ran for 47 yards.
“Kerbacher made several plays with his legs,” said Haas. “He gives us another dimension with that.
“Teams now will have to game plan different for us.”
Haas didn’t want his team to take Allen lightly.
“They (Allen) were coming off a 10-9 loss to Pocono Mountain East,” he said. “They have some very good athletes and size. They are a better team this year.
“But we came out strong and I really didn’t think it would be that bad. Our kids never gave up and they went right at them.”
Now they Kids will travel to Pocono Mountain East and face a team that will give them a different twist in a potentially high-scoring contest. The Cardinals are coming off a 72-24 pasting of East Stroudsburg North last week.
“They (Pocono Mountain East) are more of a finesse team than we are,” stressed Haas. “They have several weapons, and they want to get the ball out of space. They will use the RPO (run-pass option) more than any other team we will likely see this year.
“When you play up there, there will be a lot of their fans there. They were a 1-4 team three weeks ago, and now they are 4-4.”
The Kids will finish the regular season with Whitehall the following week, and they have their sights set on an 8-2 finish. If they do, they likely will finish as the fifth seed in the district Class 6A playoffs and could have to travel to Stroudsburg for a rematch.
“We have to take a business trip this week,” said Haas. “We just have to take care of our business and stay focused. I think 98 percent of this game is between your ears.
“I think we’ll be all right.”
PREDICTION: The Kids face another huge test and a nice ride north. They want to control the game on the ground and not let it become a track meet. Haas believes it will be a very entertaining game to watch. Northampton faces another big character test and there will be plenty more on the ground for them than the fall foliage.,,Kids, 35-21.