Joe Kerbacher certainly will be humbled by the moment.
The Northampton junior quarterback are his teammates are anxiously anticipating the clinching of the East Penn Conference (EPC) North title with a win over Pocono Mountain East Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium.
Northampton (7-1, 6-0) has won seven-straight conference games since they lost opening night to Parkland, an EPC South team. Pocono Mountain East (4-4) posted a 27-0 shutout last week, and the Cardinals have won two-straight games.
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.
Through their first 13 games, Northampton’s field hockey team can enjoy the moment with an overall 10-3 mark.
“It is wonderful so far,” beamed Konkrete Kids’ head coach Carrie Saul. “Things have been good and we are doing all right.”
Saul noted the team’s recent 1-0 overtime win over previously unbeaten Pocono East courtesy of a penalty corner as time ran out. Lauren Schaller got the game winner with an assist from Laura Filchner.
The head coach has been pleased with her team’s offensive output, as three players have topped 30-points.
It was the kind of game Northampton head coach Kyle Haas has been expecting. And the timing of it couldn’t have been better.
Overall, it was one of those nights that Northampton people will talk about foe a long time. The Konkrete Kids celebrated the past, the present, and possibly some of the future.
After Kids loss to Parkland, Northampton’s Jared Russell expected his team to play better.
They all have.
The senior wide receiver/safety has played a pivotal part in the Kids’ success this season, as NHS will enter Friday night’s game at Stroudsburg at 5-1 as they continue on their path to an EPC North title.
“We have been able to put points on the board all season,” said Russell, who also has played a key role in the Kids’ revival the past two seasons. “Defensively, we have been able to cause some turnovers and keep teams from breaking out against us.
By mid-October, Northampton head coach Kyle Haas believes he will have a good reading on his team.
The Konkrete Kids have a four-game stretch beginning at Pocono Mountain West Saturday afternoon that certainly will test their mettle.
They will enter this weekend’s play with an overall 3-1 mark and an unblemished 3-0 mark in the East Penn Conference North after a 53-8 throttling of East Stroudsburg North last Friday night.
After Pocono Mountain West, the Kids will play East Stroudsburg South, Stroudsburg, and Allen.
Northampton head cross country coach Dan Benner doesn’t want to be presumptuous about his team, but the Konkrete Kids already have made some strides.
“We are still early on in the season, but we have gotten off to a strong start,” said Benner. “We opened the season by hosting an invitational at Bicentennial Park. It was a very competitive meet again this season with 37 teams and over 1,000 athletes competing.”
At the invitational, five Kids earned medals on the day, and they all posted their personal best times of the year.
With two consecutive lopsided victories, Northampton head football coach Kyle Haas finds himself with an added luxury.
It also will help the Konkrete Kids’ defense further solidify itself down the stretch as they seek an East Penn Conference (EPC) North crown.
“We’re able to get more kids an opportunity to play,” said Haas, whose team (2-1, 2-0 EPC North) blew out Pleasant Valley 63-7 last week. “They are getting into games and doing well. That will help us this year and next year. We’ll have kids with more experience.
Last summer, Northampton made it to the final day of A-Town Throwdown tournament, losing to eventual champion Wilson West Lawn.
This summer, history repeated itself for the Konkrete Kids. They lost to eventual champion Reading on the final day.
However, Northampton sees a different winter ahead than the transition season from last year. The K-Kids should be in the hunt for the East Penn Conference and a possible deep district run with 11 senior-heavy returnees.
After winning the East Penn Conference (EPC) last year, Northampton’s golf team is in the middle of a transition year.
Through their first nine matches that took them through Aug. 27, the Konkrete Kids had an overall 4-5 record. They have recorded wins against East Stroudsburg North, Pocono Mountain West, Freedom and Allentown Central Catholic, while they have dropped matches to Stroudsburg, Nazareth, Emmaus, Liberty and East Stroudsburg South.