K-Kids Wescoe getting to show what he can do
During his first two years in the Northampton varsity football program, Kyle Wescoe struggled to make a big impact on the team.
He could literally reflect his situation.
“When I was a sophomore, I was a small kid,” Wescoe recalled. “I was a late bloomer. I really didn’t have the size nor the weight. I was falling behind.
“Last year, I really didn’t have a big opportunity, and I wasn’t able to show what I can be capable of doing. This year is different. Coach (head coach Kyle Haas) has given me the opportunity and I am very grateful for it. I worked hard in the offseason and I’m trying to contribute as much as I can.”
The 5-11, 155-pound senior wide receiver/defensive back has been a major reason for the Konkrete Kids’ success this season.
Through their first seven games, Wescoe had 10 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown, a 71-yard catch. He also is the Kids’ leading punt returner with 11 returns for 169 yards, an average of 15.4. In addition, he has an interception.
“Kyle (Wescoe) has really come a long way,” said Haas. “He has the ability and potential to do some great things down the way for us. He is our quarterback on defense and he plays with a lot of emotion.”
Wescoe began his football career as a guard and linebacker in his early youth days. In middle school, he made the move to cornerback and free safety.
When he began his high school career, Wescoe was a running back until he made the transition to a receiver in his junior year.
“I always had good hands since I was little,” he said. “I enjoy catching the ball and I feel comfortable at safety on defense.”
Along with football, Wescoe has excelled in lacrosse. He had 18 goals in the spring and would like to play the sport in college.
Wescoe has aspirations of pursuing a teaching degree. His parents, Eric and Maria, both have been a constant inspiration and older brother Colin played football and is a state trooper.
“My parents always have been there for me,” he said. “My brother has been someone that I always have looked up to, and he has played a big role for me.”
Even though Wescoe has a seemingly good handle on the future, he knows the Kids’ current state could be an extended one.
“We have gained more confidence each week,” he said. “Since the first day, things have been different this year. The other seniors and I have spent a lot of time in the weight room and it has paid off.
“We know we have a special year and we can take it far.”