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Press photo by Alan ZuzicTyrese Brandon was named the MVP for Northampton. Copyright -                                                       Press photo by Alan ZuzicTyrese Brandon was named the MVP for Northampton. Copyright -
Press photo by Alan ZuzicJosh Gaycheck, Ethan Schweitzer and Aiden Kromer corral a Roughie fumble for the Kids during last week’s victory. Copyright -                                                       Press photo by Alan ZuzicJosh Gaycheck, Ethan Schweitzer and Aiden Kromer corral a Roughie fumble for the Kids during last week’s victory. Copyright -
Press photo by Alan ZuzicThe Northampton cheerleaders perform during the game. Copyright -                                                       Press photo by Alan ZuzicThe Northampton cheerleaders perform during the game. Copyright -
Press photo by Alan ZuzicThe band was also in action on Thanksgiving. Copyright -                                                       Press photo by Alan ZuzicThe band was also in action on Thanksgiving. Copyright -
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Press photo by Linda RothrockCheering for the Northampton football team are Harry and Andrea Huhm, Linda Lindenmoyer and Barry Lock. Linda has been coming to the Thanksgiving Day game to cheer on the Konkrete Kids for 40-plus years. Copyright -                                                       Press photo by Linda RothrockCheering for the Northampton football team are Harry and Andrea Huhm, Linda Lindenmoyer and Barry Lock. Linda has been coming to the Thanksgiving Day game to cheer on the Konkrete Kids for 40-plus years. Copyright -
Press photo by Linda RothrockJessica Hendricks, Madison Heffelfinger and Eleanor (a service puppy) get ready for the start of the game. Copyright -                                                       Press photo by Linda RothrockJessica Hendricks, Madison Heffelfinger and Eleanor (a service puppy) get ready for the start of the game. Copyright -
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Kids roll on Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Tyrese Brandon recently ended his career against Catasauqua on Thanksgiving morning with his share of contributions in the Northampton football record book as well as a feeling of earned respectability for the program.

The senior ran for two touchdowns and was the recipient of two others in the Konkrete Kids’ 63-0 whitewash of Catasauqua that gave them a 10-2 overall record and the best mark for the program. It was the most victories since the 2008 team posted a 10-3 mark.

Brandon set a new mark with 29 touchdowns this season. He also recorded a school best 44 rushing touchdowns for his career, and a record 88 career receptions. This season, Brandon ran for 1,040 yards and had 876 receiving yards.

He also finished as the Kids’ all-time leading rusher with 2,767 yards.

“Tyrese (Brandon) has come a long way,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “He showed everybody how versatile he has been over the years. He and our other seniors were major contributors to this program.”

Along with the Kids 18 wins over the past two years and an East Penn Conference North championship, Brandon realizes what has materialized that has risen the Kids’ level.

“I know that me and my fellow senior classmates set a good example to the underclassmen,” said Brandon. “I let them know after the game that there is no way to go but up from here.

“They can’t let anyone get slack. We still have respect to earn around here.”

Junior quarterback Joe Kerbacher, who threw for 2,188 yards this season with 29 touchdowns – four against Catasauqua - will be among a core returning next season to help maintain the Kids’ elevated status.

Yet, Haas won’t soon forget the contributions of his 18 outgoing seniors who have helped change the face and culture of the program.

Since the spring, there have been a plethora of memorable memories that have shaped everyone.

“Every year, it is harder to say goodbye because we spend so much time together,” said Haas. “The kind of season we had this year makes it that much tougher.

“These kids were a pleasure to coach. They were totally committed to being the best version of themselves. They didn’t quit when the program was down.

“They were part of something special, and I’m glad they are going out as champions.”