Kids fall on rainy Friday
Northampton head coach Kyle Haas knew driving sheets of constant rain weren’t the ideal situation for his team at Easton in an opening-round District 11 Class 6A playoff game last Friday night.
The Konkrete Kids’ high-powered offense couldn’t get in gear, as they fell to Easton, 39-19, in their first appearance in a district playoff game since 2003.
Northampton (7-4) ended it most successful season since 2008 when they finished 10-3. It was a season filled with a series of new marks set into the record books.
Unfortunately, the Kids couldn’t slow down Easton, which kicked the mercy rule into effect at 39-0 before the Kids staged a late rally.
“Our offense is a side-to-side offense working the field,” said head coach Kyle Haas. “We had some opportunities to get something going. But if one guy screws up, that’s guy’s assignment hurts us.
“It was a game of field position. They were able to throw the ball and completed their passes. They are a downhill running team. For a couple of series, we couldn’t move the ball at all.”
Easton scored five rushing touchdowns and it grinded out 311 yards on the ground.
The Kids were led by senior Aiden Jones, who rushed for 83 yards, and junior Tyrese Brandon added 74. Jones scored on a 47-yard burst, while Brandon scored on touchdown runs of two and 46 yards.
However, the Kids managed only 165 yards of total offense.
Through their first 10 games, the Kids averaged 265 yards rushing per contest and 38.8 points per game.
“We had trouble gripping the ball,” said Haas. “The handling of the football wasn’t conducive to what we do. We also weren’t as physical as they were. We were playing on a grass field and it didn’t let up. They handled it better than we did.”
“We didn’t execute well enough.”
Now, the Kids will have some time off before their annual Thanksgiving Day battle with Catasauqua.
Brandon will enter the game 44 yards shy of the 1,000-yard career mark, and he needs 301 yards for the single-season mark of 1,257. His 20 overall touchdowns are three away from tying the season mark of 23, and his 16 rushing touchdowns are four short of the season mark of 20.
He also has 122 points, 16 away from the season record of 138.
Jones has rushed for 540 yards with nine touchdowns.
Brandon also is the Kids’ leading receiver with 25 catches for 268 yards.
The Kids also scored over 400 points in a season for the first time since 1961. In addition, they posted four shutouts in a season for the first time since 2008, and their three consecutive shutouts were a first since the 1970 campaign.
They quickly have turned the previous cycle of the program’s fate and have laid the first flooring of a new foundation. Since their last winning season in 2008, the Kids posted an overall 27-70 mark before the 2018 campaign.
“It has been a season of firsts for us,” added Haas. “Defensively, we did some good things and we had four shutouts. We did a lot of good things on both sides of the ball. We now have some history that we can draw on.
“We will be happy to go out 8-4 instead of 4-8. This has been a good first year, and now we expect to win.”