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.
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.