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Werkheiser concludes his career at Northampton HS

Friday, November 30, 2018 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Hunter “Bubba” Werkheiser got his nickname during his first season playing with the Bath youth football team.

“I was too big to play in the Northampton program at the time,” recalled Werkheiser. “I went to play for Bath and one of their assistant coaches gave me the nickname. It has stuck ever since.”

“Bubba” just finished a stellar career as a staple of Northampton’s lines for the past three seasons. The 6-2, 295-pound senior was a first-team East Penn Conference North defensive choice as a lineman this past season.

He soon won’t forget the recent Thanksgiving Day victory over Catasauqua.

“It was big for me because it was the last time I put on a Northampton uniform,” he said. “It was a fun game and we beat them for four-straight years. This game will always stay with me.

“Coach (head coach Kyle Haas) said if we all buy in from the start, we would have a winning season and we did. We all played hard and we were competitive all the way through.”

Werkheiser saw his team jell early and believed they would have a big year.

“We were more disciplined this year,” he said. “We were in the game against Parkland (41-0 loss in the opener), but we stopped making plays. We knew we could play with Stroudsburg, and then we got some big wins after that. Four of us on the line have been starting since last year. Going to the (EPC) North was a good move.”

Haas expected a big year from his veteran lineman. Werkheiser was a run-stopper in the middle, and he recorded 1.5 sacks.

“Bubba was a force for us on both sides of the ball this season,” said Haas. “You don’t see a kid that size move that well. He is very athletic and has great feet. He was a leader on and off the field. We didn’t realize how dominant he was at nose guard until he got hurt.

“Offensively, when he got on you, you were going for a ride. He improved his blocking technique tremendously with the help of coach Mike Feifel.”

Werkheiser began playing at the age of four because his father, Ed, was his flag coach at Moore Township. He also drew advice and help from his older brother, Mason, who also played for the Kids.

He wants to continue his football career in college and is in the process of selecting a school. He plans to major in either environmental or chemical engineering, a career path he choice at the start of high school.

Until then, Werkheiser will focus his attention on wrestling, where he was constant last season at 285. He began wrestling at the age of seven.

Werkheiser has an affection for both sports, but he will likely play football in college. His coach has a similar thought.

“I think Bubba’s best football is still ahead of him,” added Haas. “He’s still maturing physically. Whoever recruits him is going to get a great student and a better person. He was a pleasure to coach, and we are going to miss him next season.”