It may be matchup between two teams that have a combined 1-13 record this season, but this week's football game between Northampton and Freedom is meaningful to both programs.
With three games left in the regular season, opportunity for victory have been sparse for both parties as they enter Saturday night's tilt at Nazareth.
For Northampton, it's an opportunity to have their first feeling of victory all season, something that head coach Jeff Brosky is looking forward to.
During senior Kevin Kunkle's golf career, he has played a lot of holes both scholastically and in individual competitions.
On Tuesday it came down to two playoff holes to decide if Kunkle qualified for states, or if his high school career would be over.
Kunkle played 18, solid regulation holes of golf at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood in the PIAA East Regional Tournament on Tuesday in hopes of posting a score that would put him in the top-24 in AAA to qualify for the state tournament.
Having split their two regular season games, Northampton and Parkland came into the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals very familiar with each other.
During the regular season, the two teams were separated by one goal in each of the games, but Parkland was able to mount a strong effort in the semis and take a 2-0 win over the Konkrete Kids, bouncing them from the LVC playoffs.
The Trojans dominated in the early going, but couldn't put the ball in the net and allowed Northampton to gain some momentum.
Knowing that the hills at Bethlehem Municipal can make or break a cross country runner, Northampton's Hayley Jackson took control of those hills and placed sixth in 20:27 at the Lehigh Valley Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday.
"The big hill is everybody's strength or weakness. The hills are my strength, and I do a lot better and get a chance to pass people," Jackson said.
The girls race proved to be on the slow side by most standards, but the hills, combined with the unseasonable heat may have contributed to that.
Northampton's field hockey team can get to the mountain, but can't seem to reach the top as far as the Lehigh Valley Conference goes.
For the second-straight year, coach Kelly Backenstoe's team was eliminated in the LVC semifinals as the Kids fell 9-1 to the Emmaus powerhouse at Whitehall.
Emmaus, which beat Northampton 9-2 during the regular season, will take on Parkland in the championship game Thursday at Whitehall. Parkland, the LVC's North Division titlist, edged Liberty 2-1 in the other semifinal game.
Shelly Laudenslager expects an intense battle when four women's powder puff football teams take to the field in Hokendauqua.
More importantly, though, women will be playing for a fight toward a worthy national cause during the month.
Teams from Catasauqua, Emmaus, Hokendauqua, and Northampton will participate in the third annual Football for the Cure Powder Puff games at the Bob Warke Fields in Hokendauqua this Sunday.
Hey, it's 80 degrees in October. I'm still wearing Sperrys and have been tempted to put on the AC.
I could take this weather for another month, but I can also keep taking easy picks that the poll has generated for the past two weeks.
Not much will change this week, but there is a big game in the MVC, that has power point ramifications all over it.
So, go lay on your hammock and find your own beach as you read this week's top-10.
1. Parkland (5-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Trojans look cemented here for awhile.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Freedom 13
The ongoing struggles of the Northampton football team continued last week, as the K-Kids fell to Emmaus 49-28. Northampton spotted the Hornets a 28-point first quarter before falling behind 35-0 in the first half.
The loss dropped Northampton to 0-6 on the season as they head into a road battle against Easton (5-1) this Friday night at Cottingham Stadium.
It's not the way head coach Jeff Brosky wanted this season to unfold, but it's the reality of the situation, as the Kids are still searching for their first win heading into mid-October.
This season Eileen Carbone watched her girls simply have fun.
The veteran head tennis coach at Northampton realized her team is in the initial stage of a rebuilding project after losing a core that produced consecutive successful 15-win seasons for the Kids the past two years
Instead, Carbone was left with a group of relatively inexperienced varsity players, all of whom have been working to establish themselves in the always competitive Lehigh Valley Conference.
The Kids recently defated Easton 5-2.
"We did have a nice win over Easton," said Carbone.
Northampton (12-4, 10-3) and Parkland (14-4, 12-2) will likely be tired of each other before the soccer postseason comes to an end.
A 1-0 Parkland win Monday night gave the two teams a split of their regular season games and it's very possible they'll meet again in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs next week and potentially again in the District 11 playoffs down the road.
After a disappointing loss, Northampton coach Craig Carvin is hoping that the two teams get at least one more crack at each other.