After his junior year, Damon Yarbough nearly quit the football team.
He didn’t, and proved how an age-old adage can still work.
“I felt like I wasn’t going to get a whole lot of playing time,” said Yarbough. “I didn’t play varsity as a junior. But I figured that I might as well see it through.
“Once I saw how things were and the feeling around the team in the summer, I knew that I made the right choice.”
His coaches certainly would agree.
Nate Bendekovits always will remember his role in his team’s 50-0 win over East Stroudsburg South this year.
The Northampton senior captain had a memorable game as well as one of his many big nights.
Bendekovits was named the defensive player of the game for his play along the line and also had a productive night on the other side in the Konkrete Kids’ 50-0 convincing shutout.
Northampton head coach Kyle Haas knew driving sheets of constant rain weren’t the ideal situation for his team at Easton in an opening-round District 11 Class 6A playoff game last Friday night.
The Konkrete Kids’ high-powered offense couldn’t get in gear, as they fell to Easton, 39-19, in their first appearance in a district playoff game since 2003.
Northampton (7-4) ended it most successful season since 2008 when they finished 10-3. It was a season filled with a series of new marks set into the record books.
Joe Kerbacher was ready and knew his time would eventually come.
It arrived a little sooner than expected.
For the past three games, the sophomore quarterback has looked like a seasoned senior at the controls of the Konkrete Kids’ offense.
Kerbacher threw for 180 yard and two touchdowns and he also ran for 67 yards in the Kids’ 36-34 loss to Whitehall last Friday.
He took over late in the Stroudsburg game Oct. 5 for starter Cam Eaton, and followed with two strong outings in wins over Allen and Pocono Mountain East.
The wait is over. It might have seemed longer with the opening-night, 41-0 loss to Parkland.
Sixth-seeded Northampton will enter Easton’s Cottingham Stadium Friday night to make its first appearance in the PIAA District 11 playoffs since 2003.
The Konkrete Kids have come a long way since their opening-night loss to Parkland and have managed to create new entries in the record books along the way, as they finished with an overall 7-3 mark.
They suffered a tightly contested, 36-34 loss to Whitehall in their annual “Cement Bowl” battle last Friday night.
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.