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.
It’s playoff time and this week features plenty of interesting matchups as we head into the first week of November.
Most of the eyes will be on Bethlehem Friday night, as Freedom takes on Liberty for a second-straight week after the Pates shocking defeat to the Hurricanes last weekend.
Emmaus and Nazareth square off in a rematch of their regular season thriller and Northampton makes their first appearance in print this late in the year in close to a decade.
1. Freedom (9-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
This past Saturday marked the opening of fall turkey hunting season in most Pennsylvania Wildlife Management Units (WMU). But the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) reminds hunters that season lengths vary by WMUs. Added to that, fall turkey season is closed in local WMUs 5C and 5D.
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.
To quote Yogi Berra, “It was déjà vu all over again.”
The same teams, with the same seeds, the same field — and most importantly for Pleasant Valley — the same player with the game-winning goal.
Mirza Sabovic’s free kick goal at 12:35 of the second overtime lifted the Bears to a 2-1 win over Northampton in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class 4A boys soccer tournament on Thursday.
Just two weeks ago, PV beat the Konkrete Kids by one goal in a shootout, with Sabovic scoring the game-winner in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament.
It’s another busy sports week at Northampton High School as October is quickly coming to a close.
On Monday, golfer Andrew Hozza took part in the state tournament, making the event after a stellar season in the EPC and then in the postseason, including a top performance at regionals.
At states, at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort, Hozza shot rounds of 81 and 86 which placed him 31st at the event. Hozza was the only District 11 3A golfer to advance. The tournament was won by Palmer Jackson who shot rounds of 73 and 67 to finish two-under par and won by four strokes.
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.”
Two weeks ago, we mentioned that Coho and steelhead fishing in the Salmon River in New York state was heating up. Well my friend Tom Marchetto, of Easton, made that trip two weeks ago and reported that he and his fishing buddy Joe Chelak of New Boston, PA, had an exciting trip but landed few fish.
Said Marchetto, “Although there were fish throughout the river, the hot spots seemed to be at both the lower end and upper end of the river, with very little action in the middle.”
The rivalry is back and as good as ever.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3-2-0-1) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (4-2-0-0) started the 2018-2019 version of their rivalry at the PPL Center last Friday and then took it north for the second game of the series. The teams split the two games, ironically, with each winning on the other team’s home ice.