Kerbacher playing like a vet
Joe Kerbacher was ready and knew his time would eventually come.
It arrived a little sooner than expected.
For the past three games, the sophomore quarterback has looked like a seasoned senior at the controls of the Konkrete Kids’ offense.
Kerbacher threw for 180 yard and two touchdowns and he also ran for 67 yards in the Kids’ 36-34 loss to Whitehall last Friday.
He took over late in the Stroudsburg game Oct. 5 for starter Cam Eaton, and followed with two strong outings in wins over Allen and Pocono Mountain East.
Through three starts and a relief appearance, Kerbacher has completed 24-of-50 attempts for 357 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.
“Joe (Kerbacher) played an outstanding game,” said Northampton head coach Kyle Haas about his performance against Whitehall. “He can make plays with his arm and legs.
“He gives us that dimension. He just continues to step up his game.”
Kerbacher wasn’t fazed with the sudden entry into the Stroudsburg game trailing 34-14. He rallied the team to two touchdown passes and felt just short, 34-26.
“It was a little weird,” recalled Kerbacher about coming into the Stroudsburg game. “But I was ready. I was waiting and preparing for something like this and the rest of the offense made me feel comfortable.
“When I came in, we were down by three scores. I knew it was going to be a battle, but I knew we could come back. I told the guys not to give up. Even though we didn’t win, the comeback helped me a lot.”
The trend continued the following week against Allen in a 62-7 thumping for the Kids. Kerbacher threw for 66 yards and ran for 47.
“I always knew what I could do if I got the chance,” he said. “In the first game against Allen, I felt fine. I felt like I had some pressure taken off me.”
Kerbacher is comfortable in a leadership role, as he has played the quarterback position since his youth days at the Northampton AA. Last season, he was a cornerback on defense.
On the Northampton Connie Mack team this past summer, Kerbacher was among his team’s leading hitters and one of the staff’s aces.
Kerbacher credits Northampton AA head coach Steve Wildman along with his father, Steve, for their constant support and encouragement through the years of his athletic career.
“I know I wouldn’t be where I am today with my father and coach Wildman,” said Kerbacher. “They always have been there for me. I have worked really hard and getting where I am today is my number one accomplishment.”
Haas believes his accomplishment can have staying power.
“He’s someone we’re looking to build around,” said Haas of his quarterback. “He has the ability to run a game and not just manage it. Joe has really stepped up his game.”
And the Kids will continue to benefit for the next two years.