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.
Despite a somewhat slow start, Northampton head field hockey coach Carrie Saul believes her team will be in the hunt over the next few weeks.
The Konkrete Kids began the season with a 1-2 mark through their first three games, dropping a close 3-2 opener to Liberty before they routed East Stroudsburg North, 12-0.
They then had trouble getting past Stroudsburg, losing a 4-0 decision.
Over the next three weeks, Northampton should have a definitive reading on its football program.
The Kids will host Pocono Mountain West Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium riding a three-game winning streak in an impressive fashion. They have posted three consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1970 and have scored 50 more points in two consecutive games for the first time since 1961.
Their latest shutout was a 50-0 drubbing of East Stroudsburg North.
It is a changing time in the Konkrete Kids’ program.
With a successful summer program behind them, Northampton’s boys’ basketball program can look forward to the fall and winter ahead.
The Konkrete Kids once again had a busy summer as they went 4-2 in the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase and posted a 2-1 record in the A-town Throwdown Tournament.
They went 8-4 overall in the Allentown Summer League and lost to eventual runner-up Easton in the playoffs.
Head coach Coy Stampone credited assistant coach Matt Scholl, who directed the summer program.
On paper, Northampton’s football team appears to be out to a strong start with a 2-1 record, posting consecutive shutouts in which they registered a total of 112 points.
Yet, head coach Kyle Haas knows the Konkrete Kids still need to fine tune some things even with a 63-0 trouncing of Pleasant Valley last Friday night.
The Kids had a 42-0 lead at halftime, and they scored on their first nine possessions.
“It was a big win and to win in that manner was good,” said Haas. “But you really don’t know until you look at the film if you did all the right things.
For Northampton, it wasn’t simply about a convincing 49-0 shutout over Dieruff, it was how the Konkrete Kids accomplished it.
“If we would have won 21-7, it would have been different,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “We had an emphatic win. To hold their quarterback to minus-eight yards (rushing) really says something.
“It proved to our kids that they can play at a high caliber and take care of business.”
Facing Parkland in their opener, Northampton couldn’t have asked for a better situation despite being shutout, 41-0.
“This was the best first game we could have,” stated Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas earlier this week. “We knew right away what our strengths and weaknesses were.
“But it became more evident as the game went on that they (Parkland) were more physical than us. We put a lot of time in the weight room from January until now, but across the board we were not as strong as Parkland.”