Northampton will enter its 97th annual Thanksgiving Day tilt with Catasauqua apparently with a sizable advantage on a few fronts with a 10 a.m. kickoff at Al Erdosy Stadium.
The Konkrete Kids (9-2) have a strong chance to gain their first 10-win season since 2008 (10-3), and they will have a size and player number advantage over the Rough Riders.
Northampton hasn’t played since it suffered a hard-fought, 42-37 loss to Easton in an opening–round district Class 6A playoff game Nov. 1.
On Thanksgiving morning at Northampton’s Al Erdosy Stadium, it will be 34 days since Catasauqua last played a football game, losing its season finale, 47-0, to Northwestern.
Rough Riders’ head coach Mike McClarin has taken a different approach with the layoff.
“We look at a second season this year,” said the second-year head coach, whose team has a 0-10- record this season. “We told the kids to put everything behind them from the first 10 weeks, and look at this as five weeks to prepare for a game.
The local District 11 postseason is over.
The Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving Day clash will formally pull down the curtain on the overall season.
Except for Tamaqua, both Nazareth and Southern Lehigh had its seasons end at the hands of District 1 suburban Philadelphia powerhouses last weekend.
Even though they dropped a close 42-37 decision to Easton in a District 11 Class 6A opening playoff game, Northampton took another step toward gaining further respectability, especially in the East Penn Conference South Division.
With the annual Thanksgiving tilt with Catasauqua in a few weeks, the Konkrete Kids have compiled a 17-6 record over their last 23 games.
“I’m proud of our kids,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “They didn’t give up and they just kept fighting.
Northampton head football coach Kyle Haas understands the impact and the ripple effects of his team’s recent East Penn Conference (EPC) North title.
“Winning a championship is huge for the school and the community,” said Haas. “There hasn’t been one in a long time.
“Our younger kids are working harder to get on the field. They want to be part of the success. For us, it really was a big boost of confidence.”
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.