Zack Bradley was fairly confident that the Red team would defeat their Gold counterparts in the 44th annual McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic.
Following a 55-21 victory by the Red team, you could see why Bradley wasn't worried.
The former Catasauqua quarterback proved his worth on the big stage, completing 13-of-16 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns.
The Red's 55 points set an offensive record for the contest and the 76 total points also became a record.
It'll be a jam-packed week of baseball action in NORCO Legion, as the playoffs officially kicked off last night for the top eight teams in the seedings.
The best-of-three series action includes three Bethlehem teams, as Bath, Freemansburg and the Wanderers qualified for the postseason.
Bath (12-6) earned a third-seed and opened the tournament on Tuesday at home against sixth-seeded Big Pocono (11-7).
Matt Leon paved the way for a game one win, no hitting Big Pocono in a 6-0 victory.
Bath is looking to finish the NORCO season with a head of steam as they head into their final two games of the regular season following Monday's 13-6 victory over Wind Gap.
Head coach Alex Specht knows his team is in the drivers seat of the West Division, as they sat at 10-6 heading into yesterday's tilt with Northampton (7-9).
Bath has already clinched the division over their counterparts, now it's about increasing their odds heading into next week's playoffs
Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team was eliminated from the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic after falling to Berks County, 2-0, and Delaware South, 6-1, last week.
Northampton High School infielder, Amber Saylor, had a hit in Lehigh Valley's first game against Berks County.
"It was a single line drive up the middle. Taylor Herman was on base and got to second," Saylor said. "Their pitchers were pretty good, really good. We had trouble getting on base, but we were good in the field."
As he takes the first step toward his third season as head coach of the Northampton basketball program, Coy Stampone appears to be as confident as he has ever been.
Stampone, a former Nazareth assistant and Pen Argyl head coach, has patiently watched his program develop with its share of bumps and bruises along the way. Despite a three win campaign last winter, Stampone saw progress on several fronts as the team's underclassmen gradually began to adapt to a new system in place.
Moore Township's Connie Mack team had a big victory Monday night, knocking off Freemansburg 10-5.
The win came thanks to some fantastic pitching from Daniel Thomas and Nick Demeiri, according to head coach Bob Brooks.
Thomas went three-and-two-thirds innings, and was on the short end of some calls, according to his coach. Demeiri came in with the bases loaded and the game tied at 5-5 and didn't allow another run to score to help give Moore the momentum the rest of the way.
While the solid pitching was going on, the bats also came alive.
The Northampton Black Knee-Hi team won the CWL National Division Championship this past weekend over a very tough Hokey squad in a double-elimination playoff series which spanned three weeks.
Black struggled early in the season with a 2-3 record until the team found chemistry winning 10-straight, only to loose to Hokey for the second time in the regular season, finishing 10-4 and going into the playoffs as the three seed.
Through the first half of the NORCO season, it appears to be a tight race atop the standings, with four teams leading the way.
Bath and the Wanderers are two of those teams as action sets into the middle of June.
Bath sits at 7-3 and Wanderers 8-4 through June 22, and both managers understand that the race for the top spots will remain competitive till the end.
"I can't really complain about where we're sitting at right now," said Bath head coach Alex Specht. "I'd rather be undefeated, but we've done well so far."
Rosters have been released for the 2014 McDonald's Lehigh Valley Football Classic to be played on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m., at Nazareth High School's Andrew Leh Stadium.
The GOLD Team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg (NJ) is coached by Bethlehem Catholic's Joe Henrich, and is the home team. His assistants are Kevin Ronalds of Palisades, Phil Stambaugh of Pius X, Kyle Haas of Bethlehem Catholic, Marc Zimmerman of Bethlehem Catholic and Jon Glass of Bethlehem Catholic.
Lehigh Township head coach Tom Onusconich is optimistic his team's initial start of the second half of the season of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season can be a trigger for the remainder of this year's campaign.
They opened the second-half Tuesday night with a 4-0 victory over Roseto, a few days after the league's All-Star Classic. It was a first half filled with a series of rainouts and rescheduled games that left them with only eight games in the opening part of the season.
With their win Tuesday, Lehigh Township raised its record to 4-5 overall.