A lot of things went wrong for Northampton in last week's 42-12 home loss to Central Catholic and head coach Jeff Brosky hopes a lot of things go right for the K-Kids this week against Emmaus.
The Kids got themselves a wake-up call in the loss to Central, which saw them get man-handled up front, had them turn the ball over inside their own red zone and allow Central running back Colin McDermott to go off with a star-studded performance by scoring all six of the Vikings touchdowns during a 374-yard ground performance.
Entering this season, the Northampton girls' tennis team attempted to keep a low profile off their overall 16-3 season 12-2 Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC) in which they graduated five seniors including number one singles player Brittany Hodge.
So far, however, it has been hard to hide.
Beginning this week, the Kids had an overall 12-1 record that included an undefeated streak through their first eight matches. Their lone loss was to LVC perennial contender Parkland, who the Kids knew would be an uphill battle.
Evan Notaro owns two District 11 medals, earning one in each of his two appearances at the district championship.
The Northampton senior was hoping to add some Lehigh Valley Conference hardware to his trophy case Monday at the LVC Golf Championship.
Notaro earned a league medal Monday at Allentown Municipal Golf Course, but it wasn't the one he was hoping for. He shot a 4-over par 76 to tie for second place, earning the silver medal by a match of cards.
"I wasn't very happy with how I played," said Notaro. "I couldn't hit the shots I wanted and putts were not dropping.
Lehigh senior linebacker Billy Boyko earned league and national honors for his performance in Lehigh's 28-26 win over Liberty on Saturday. Boyko was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week and the Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week after recording a game and career-high 14 tackles, a sack and a game-changing interception that he returned 39 yards for a score.
With a District 11 playoff berth wrapped up, Northampton's field hockey team sets its sights on reaching the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs.
The Konkrete Kids racked up another four wins - all in the LVC - and are now 8-0 in league play and 10-0 overall.
Northampton beat Freedom 4-1, Central Catholic 5-0, Allen 4-1 and Bethlehem Catholic 2-0 for four wins in six days and now get ready for the tough part of their schedule.
Northampton's boys soccer team had a big win over Whitehall recently, shutting out the Zephs 2-0.
The win was Northampton's fourth straight and was helped by senior Tyler Davis, who scored a goal and assisted on another.
Both squads seemed flat to start the match. There was a lot of play in the midfield for both teams but neither could really get the shots coming.
Editor's Note: Duke Helm, the District 11 statistician provides the District 11 Football Notes. These note are after week 3 of the high school season.
Liberty's KJ Williams caught three TD passes against Nazareth to become the all-time school leader in TD catches. Williams now has 17 for his career, breaking Joe Donaher's record of 15 TD catches set from 1965-67. Williams now has 1,046 yards receiving in his career to become the fifth Hurricane to accomplish that.
It was the type of game that Northampton needed to get back on track in Lehigh Valley Conference play last Friday against Bethlehem Catholic. The K-Kids (2-2, 1-2) blasted the Golden Hawks 35-6 at Notre Dame-Green Pond to spoil Becahi's homecoming night and propel themselves with a boost of confidence heading into this week's battle with Central Catholic at Al Erdosy Field.
Northampton used scores just before halftime and right after the intermission to break open a close contest into a mentally deflating task for Becahi.
We're into week four of the poll and not much has changed on the forefront. Easton maintains their stay at the top, while Nazareth gets a bump. Parkland picked up their first win of the year and Catasauqua looks to keep their Colonial League title aspirations rolling.
What's your team in store for this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Of all the teams in the league, Easton always seems to not have a hard time so far this year.
The Pick: Easton 28- Central Catholic 13
2. Nazareth (3-0)
Last week's rank: #3
With the fall harvest ready to blossom into full bloom, Northampton head girls' volleyball coach David Faust is optimistic his team can take a cue from the season and follow suit.
Dealing with a 1-6 record heading into play this week, Faust knows his team can still reap some benefits over the next few weeks of the season. He believes one notable victory can provide the necessary spark his team needs to ignite them for the remainder of the season.