At Pleasant Valley Friday night, Northampton’s football team will encounter its second stage of its five-game East Penn Conference (EPC) North Division tour, one that can perhaps help them lock up the EPC North title.
But based on the unpredictability of the teams through the first two weeks of the season, it is hard for the K-Kids to get a good read.
“It’s is hard to tell what’s ahead of us,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas of his team who has a 1-1 record after their 49-6 victory over Dieruff last week. “We just have to keep working to get better.
The measuring stick that was Parkland is behind them, but it isn’t forgotten.
Northampton’s 49-14 loss gave them a different perspective from last year’s 41-0 defeat to the Trojans, and it also fueled them for the next step beginning with Dieruff at J. Birney Crum Stadium Friday night.
“It was 28-14 at the end at the end of third quarter, and we had the ball and the momentum,” recalled Northampton head coach Kyle Haas. “But we couldn’t convert a third-and-one, and they went on to score 21 points in the quarter.
Northampton’s football team knows what is coming Friday night in their home opener.
It is a test that can either propel or deflate the first few weeks of the season for the Konkrete Kids.
They have been waiting for quite some time for their rematch with Parkland, who they trailed 13-0 at halftime before a second-half collapse led to a 41-0 defeat.
“Football is game of execution,” offered Northampton head coach Kyle Haas. “We had a lot of mental mistakes against them (Parkland) in the second half. We didn’t have 11 guys playing as hard as they could have.”
Moore Township’s run to the Connie Mack state semifinals wasn’t exactly a surprise.
Instead, it was the reaffirmation and extension of Northampton’s JV season that resulted in an 17-3 season in the spring.
The Red Hawks, which were primarily comprised of JV players, advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament before their season ended in a 7-4 loss to eventual runner-up Lower Moreland. Ironically, they suffered a 12-2 loss to Lower Moreland in their opening game.
After a recent final 7-on-7 passing scrimmages, Northampton head football coach Kyle Haas left notes on a whiteboard for his coaches.
The plan was to have all passing completed in June and then have July to evaluate.
Moreover, though, the real message continues to be clear – Northampton is anxious and ready to take the next step from its 8-4 campaign last season.
It’s mid-July in Catasauqua and playoff basketball is starting to heat up.
The Catty League reached the quarterfinal stage Tuesday, and the North Catty League finds itself in a similar situation. The nearby Stiles league in Whitehall will begin their playoffs next week.
All three leagues will crown champions that will participate in the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Tournament of Champions in early August.
Having allowed one run apiece in two playoff games normally is enough for two victories.
Unfortunately for Northampton in the Northampton County Legion tournament (NORCO), it wasn’t.
Northampton won a 1-0 over the Wanderers, but they then suffered a recent 1-0 defeat in the deciding game of a three-game series for the NORCO championship.
With the win, the Wanderers advanced to the Region 2 championship at Boyertown, while Northampton’s season came to an end with an overall 18-5 record.
Northampton received a few days off from the opening round of the Northampton County Legion playoffs with a bye after a second-place finish.
With their first game either Wednesday or Thursday, they’ll begin to piece together their pitching staff for a long run.
Overall, Northampton ended the regular season with an impressive 15-3 mark after they lost to Nazareth, 5-4, in a walkoff finale July 3.
Northampton will meet the winner of the Nazareth-Banko’s best-of-three series.
With three games remaining on their schedule beginning the week, Northampton’s Legion team has their sights set on the top spot in Northampton County Legion (NORCO).
Having a seven-game winning streak and an overall 13-2 mark can provide plenty of reassurance.
Northampton finished a streak of eight consecutive games and nine in 10 days Wednesday.
Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar knew his challenges this season would be different than last year.
Mainly, health and depth are on his side this year.
But Bodnar’s biggest challenge will come down the final stretch of the season that began Monday night when his team (7-2) was faced with the predicament of playing eight consecutive games in as many days and nine games in 10 days.
“It is about to get really interesting,” said Bodnar. “No one likes to play early. Everybody keeps pushing games off. We are all in the same boat.