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Press photo by Linda RothrockJoshua Gaycheck and Nick Calazzo bring down a Stroudsburg ball carrier during last week’s win on the road. Press photo by Linda RothrockJoshua Gaycheck and Nick Calazzo bring down a Stroudsburg ball carrier during last week’s win on the road.

Kids get another big victory

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Jeff Moeller Special to the Press in Sports

After their signature win over East Stroudsburg South to take the lead position for the East Penn Conference (EPC) North crown, Northampton needed an encore.

They got it in a showstopping style for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Konkrete Kids traveled to Stroudsburg last week and pieced together a convincing 35-7 victory to further convince themselves as well as football followers across the Lehigh Valley of their presence.

“I think it shows that we can win big games back-to-back,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “They (Stroudsburg) gave us everything that we could handle.

“We’re playing at a higher level with our success. But we can’t get caught up in it and get complacent with success. We have plenty more confirmations about what we are doing over the next few weeks.”

The Kids (6-1, 6-0 EPC North) were once again paced by junior quarterback Joe Kerbacher had another efficient and effective game completing 9 of 16 passes for 176 yards with three touchdowns and senior running back Tyrese Brandon rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries.

Josh Gaycheck added 59 yards on the ground with a touchdown, and Jared Russell caught three passes for 84 yards, two for scores. Tight end Kyle Perl caught a touchdown, marking the first believed touchdown caught by a tight end in Haas’s two years as coach.

“We have guys who can make plays,” said Haas. “It has been working because these guys have been learning to be unselfish and also learning to be patient.

“I think we can execute better up front on our line. Our line can get better, and they have to pay attention to all the little details.”

Defensively, Haas was pleased with the defensive end play of Perl (five tackles) and Andrew Sharga (seven tackles).

Spencer Cole once again led the team with 10 tackles and Nick Caiazzo also had 10 stops.

“We had a different front and it worked out,” said Haas. “Perl and Sharga did a fantastic job. We have been playing better, but we can always improve upon our tackling.”

The Kids return home to host Allen Friday night. The Canaries (2-5) are coming off a tight 19-12 loss to Pocono Mountain East and have dropped three straight games.

However, Haas isn’t taking them lightly.

“They could easily be a 5-2 team at this point,” said Haas. “They have a big running back who could cause us some problems. We’re going to have to wrap him up because we don’t want him to get a head of steam.

“They have some weapons that can cause us some problems. Their quarterback didn’t play last week, but we have to prepare like he is going to.

“We have to be able to close team out like we have been and not let them hang around.”

Over the final few weeks, Haas want his team to keep the trend moving forward. The Kids began the week ranked fourth in the district Class 6A power ratings.

“We don’t want to get to the point on being satisfied,” he stressed. “We need to keep playing at a high level. We always have thing to improve on and we need to get better.

“We want to be playing our best football in the postseason.”

PREDICTION: Haas want his team to get better, but the Kids are hitting on all cylinders. An impressive win at Stroudsburg gave them the boost they needed. The lone obstacle standing in their way would be a letdown at home Friday. But this group appears to be focused toward the regular-season finish line. The Kids keep getting more players involved in both their offensive and defensive schemes... NORTHAMPTON 42-14.