During his first two years in the Northampton varsity football program, Kyle Wescoe struggled to make a big impact on the team.
He could literally reflect his situation.
“When I was a sophomore, I was a small kid,” Wescoe recalled. “I was a late bloomer. I really didn’t have the size nor the weight. I was falling behind.
Northampton’s impressive 35-0 shutout of Pocono Mountain East may not have been a signature victory, but it certainly was close to a complete game victory.
The Konkrete Kids totally derailed the high-flying Cardinals, who scored 72 points the previous week and set a new state record for most points in a quarter with 52 in the opening stanza.
“I think it was a great effort by our defense that brought a lot of energy,’ said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “We knew they had a very potent offense and it would be tough.”
After a 34-26 gut-wrenching, emotional loss to Stroudsburg, Northampton head coach Kyle Haas was a little apprehensive how his club would respond the following week.
Haas’ worries quickly were put to rest.
The Konkrete Kids responded with 48 points in the first half and rolled to a 62-7 victory at William Allen High School last Friday night.
Northampton’s field hockey team will head into the postseason on a script that pretty much has played put as planned.
The Konkrete Kids finished the regular season with an overall 12-6 mark, and they lost to Easton, 5-1, in the opening round of the East Penn Conference (EPC) playoffs.
The Kids will now await a district bid in the upcoming playoffs in two weeks, as they are seeded seventh in the Class 3A bracket.
Senior Abby Piotrowski, who is headed to York College next fall, led the Kids with 20 goals and 12 assists.
Now it is about how the Konkrete Kids respond.
The Kids seemingly were deflated after they watched Stroudsburg erupt for 27 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 34-26 victory over the Kids at Al Erdosy Stadium that snapped their five-game winning streak.
Northampton (5-2) has its opportunities in the opening half, as they were in position for several scoring opportunities. They did emerge with a 7-0 advantage at halftime held Stroudsburg to 81 yards of total offense in a game that likely decided the East Penn Conference North division.
On paper, it arguably is Northampton’s biggest game since it last ventured into the district playoffs in 2008.
The Konkrete Kids (5-1) will host Stroudsburg (5-1) Friday night on a collision course for the Easter Penn Conference (EPC) North title.
Since they lost their opening games, both teams have reeled off impressive, five-game winning streaks.
The Kids took a major step toward cementing their respectability in the EPC and beyond they edged East Stroudsburg South, 21-14, last week.
Over their next five games, Northampton’s boys’ soccer team may have a good indication on how they will fare in the postseason.
The Konkrete Kids lost a heart-wrenching, 2-1 double-overtime decision to Emmaus Monday night that left them with an overall 7-2-3 mark. Their other loss also was to Emmaus to begin the season.
Now, the Kids face Allentown Central Catholic, Parkland, and Whitehall along with nonleague foe Southern Lehigh over the next two weeks, one that certainly will be a primer for the postseason.
For the Northampton football team, the beat goes on.
The Konkrete Kids have been one of the surprises of the East Penn Conference (EPC) as well as football in the Lehigh Valley. A doormat for the better part of the last century, the Kids (4-1) will enter this week’s clash against East Stroudsburg South riding a four-game winning streak.
And they have done it in grand style.
With their latest 48-6 victory over Pocono Mountain West, the Kids have outscored their opponents, 211-6.
However, the Kids aren’t taking anything for granted.
Over the past month, Northampton’s football team has been on a momentous ride. However, the Konkrete Kids may experience some bumps along the way in the next three weeks.
The Kids (4-1) will bring their four-game winning streak to East Stroudsburg South Friday night to meet the Cavaliers (4-1) in a contest that could decide the East Penn Conference (EPC) North Division.
Aiden Jones knew last year wasn’t one of his better ones.
“I was playing both ones, but it wasn’t a good year,” said Jones. “I became a running back, but I was mainly playing defense (strong safety). But I wasn’t conditioned enough and it was a hard year.”
This year, Jones, a senior, has been a major part of a transformation with the football program.