With nearly half of Northampton's wrestling roster fresh of varsity faces, it's fair to say that head coach Seth Lisa is certainly looking forward to witnessing what his wrestlers can do.
The K-Kids opened up the season last night, past Press deadlines, against Dieruff in what Lisa expected to be a closer bout than some would suggest when you see the two teams in the box score.
Northampton wrestling may never change in it's pride and history and second-year head coach Seth Lisa hopes that mantra stays even more true this season.
The K-Kids are coming off a 9-8 season a year ago where they sent three wrestlers to states, two of which are gone to graduation.
This season, however, they return eight starters back into their lineup in a campaign that Lisa hopes can transcend the results the program witnessed in his first year at the helm.
A loss to Catasauqua is never the way the Northampton football program wants to end their season on Thanksgiving. A 52-21 defeat littered with four turnovers might have made things even worse for the 2012 K-Kids campaign.
But after a 2-9 finish in first-year head coach Jeff Brosky's inaugural season, he hopes that the foundation for a future has been laid.
Most people in the Lehigh Valley thought Catasauqua would be preparing for two football games this week.
Their annual Thanksgiving Day contest with Northampton is always a given, but after an undefeated run up till November 17, the Rough Riders were expected to be preparing for the PIAA playoffs this weekend as well.
That's not the case anymore after they suffered the biggest upset of the year at the hands of Pen Argyl (10-2) last Saturday night, losing 26-20 to the Green Knights in the District 11 2A final.
Nick Cook and Kyle George have tried to be on the same page throughout the entire football season. But as the 2012 season continued to grind its way unfavorably for Northampton, the quarterback and wide receiver duo also deteriorated stat wise.
The two K-Kids hope things can pick back up this Thanksgiving when they take on rival Catasauqua in the final game of both team's regular season.
One thing for sure on the minds of both players is that they have the same mindset about this week's game.
Who said that watching television isn't good for you?
The father and son duo of Tim and Dan Caffrey obviously used the television to spark an idea to help people that were ravaged from Hurricane Sandy.
As coaches at Northampton and Whitehall's freshman football teams, the Caffrey's decided to team up their high school allegiances for a greater cause by collecting donated goods to help people in the town of Union Bay, NJ over the weekend.
Not a very shocking week in terms of wins and losses, but Parkland's 41-10 victory over Easton pretty much showed everyone what they needed to know about the Trojans. Clearly, the best team around, but it would be interesting to see what the Rough Riders of Catasaqua could do against the Trojans.
Since district sports are run by computers now, maybe we can assemble a computer generated mock Lehigh Valley championship game?
Now that would be fun. Wouldn't it?
1. Parkland (9-2)
Last week's rank: #1
Might as well just put Parkland in the championship.
It's been a long time since Northampton's football team experienced that winning feeling.
The hopes of a prosperous 2012 season appeared to be a reality after their week one upset over Stroudsburg, but that seems like an eternity ago for the Konrete Kids.
Northampton lost its sixth straight contest last Saturday night when they fell to Whitehall 45-3.
It was another somber night for the Northampton football team last Friday when they fell on the road against Liberty 21-14. The K-Kids fell behind 14-0 in the first half and 21-7 in the third quarter and could never level with the Hurricanes (2-7) en route to suffering their fifth straight defeat of the season.
"It's just inexperience," said head coach Jeff Brosky. "We're just too inexperienced on the offensive line and that's shown in every game this year. We didn't make plays when we had to and that showed throughout the game."
Finally, after nine weeks of the poll, we have a new king at the top and rightly so. Easton's slow demise, coupled with Parkland's rapid rise since week three of the season finally came to a head last week with the Rovers falling for the first time this season.
Whitehall makes a small jump as well, while Nazareth takes a nose dive in the poll.
With one week of action before districts, let's see who gears up for the postseason in the right way.
1. Parkland (7-2)
Last week's rank: #2
Trojans look to stay on top of their throne.