When the annual Northampton-Catasauqua Thanksgiving football clash had to be moved because of districtwide construction in Northampton in 2013, it was a different experience for supporters of the K-Kids and Rough Riders.
But for some members of the Northampton community, it was a chance to take a stroll down memory lane.
For the third week in a row, the Northampton football team dug an early hole that it could not escape from.
Whitehall’s Dez Boykin returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown as the Zephyrs defeated their Cement Belt rival 35-0 on Oct. 27.
Following Boykin’s kickoff return, it looked like the K-Kids would immediately answer. Northampton engineered a drive that lasted nearly 10 minutes, but ended in a fumble at the Whitehall five yard-line.
The Northampton football team suffered an unfortunate case of déjà vu against the Parkland Trojans on Oct. 20 at Al Erdosy Stadium.
For the second week in a row, the K-Kids fumbled on their first play of the game. And for the second week in a row, the entire second half was played under mercy rule.
The Trojans (9-0) defeated the K-Kids 48-6 behind a strong performance from quarterback Michael Ruisch. The senior tossed three touchdown passes, including a 71-yard strike to Tyler Hays to give Parkland a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
If you arrived a little late to Al Erdosy Stadium on Oct. 13, you missed a majority of the scoring between Easton and Northampton.
The Red Rovers used a quick-strike offense to take down the K-Kids 42-7. Easton built a 21-0 in just over six minutes and cruised to an East Penn Conference victory.
Easton quarterback Scott Poulson connected with Jake Herres for a 57-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. The duo would link up on a screen pass four minutes later to give the Red Rovers a 14-0 advantage.
“We’re looking for the perfect shot.”
The Northampton boys’ soccer team has put together a series of strong defensive performances against the top teams in the East Penn Conference, but according to head coach Adam Bastidas, the K-Kids need to generate a lot more offense.
Northampton fell to Whitehall 3-1 on Oct. 2 to drop to 4-8-1 on the season. Junior Camerone Giancaterino scored the lone goal for the K-Kids.
Northampton had plenty of scoring opportunities in its Sept. 29 contest against Nazareth, but a series of unfortunate first half mistakes ultimately led to a 48-13 loss at Al Erdosy Stadium.
Nazareth took a 6-0 lead on the game’s first possession after a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Anthony Harris to Jahan Dotson.
The K-Kids tied the game at 6-6 following Tyrese Brandon’s two-yard touchdown run that was set up by Aiden Jones’ interception. Northampton intercepted Harris three times in the first half, but struggled to capitalize on its opportunities.
An unexpected downpour brought a black cloud over Northampton’s Sept. 15 contest against Easton. While much of the Lehigh Valley remained dry, almost all of the 4-1 Red Rover victory was played in torrential rain at Northampton’s Kremus Field.
The Red Rovers led 3-0 at halftime, but Northampton struck first in the second half with a goal from freshman Russell King. Easton would answer late in the second half for the 4-1 final.
The K-Kids fell to 1-3-1 on the season.
Northampton travels to Central Catholic on Sept. 21 before hosting Pocono Mountain West on Sept. 23.
After Northampton’s 24-7 win over Pleasant Valley, head coach Mark Scisly was well aware of who he needed to watch for in the K-Kids’ following game against Freedom.
“[Alec] Huertas is very good.”
The Patriots’ senior wide receiver justified Scisly’s fears in Freedom’s 26-13 victory on Sept. 15 at BASD Stadium. Huertas had seven catches for 107 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Patriots.
Freedom took a 6-0 lead on the game’s opening possession behind a two-yard touchdown run by Jalen Stewart, but Northampton would answer.
First, the shutout streak was snapped. Twenty-five minutes later, the winning streak disappeared too.
Through the first 225 minutes of the season, the Northampton field hockey team did not allow a goal. After taking a 1-0 lead very early in the Sept. 12 contest against Stroudsburg, it looked like the K-Kids might cruise to another victory.
But then the momentum shifted.
For most head coaches in the East Penn Conference, seeing a “2” in the completions column at the end of a game might cause a nightmare.
For Northampton’s Mark Scisly, it is a welcomed sight.
The K-Kids rushed the ball 52 times for 254 yards in a 24-7 victory over Pleasant Valley.
Junior Aiden Jones capped Northampton’s opening possession with a 12-yard touchdown run in a drive that saw zero pass attempts.