Both coaches came out of the season opener between Northampton and Emmaus believing that their teams let a lot of scoring opportunities go without taking advantage of them.
The downside for Northampton is that they were unable to convert one less opportunity than Emmaus did and fell to the Lady Hornets 1-0.
Just under 12-minutes into the game, Emmaus’ Grace Eisenhard had a shot from the left side of the goal but it rebounded off the post and carried directly in front of the goal where Sydney Cole was able to push it across the goal line for her first varsity goal.
The Northampton Konkrete Kids sent their fans home happy after a 49-0 victory over Dieruff in their home opener at Al Erdosy stadium.
As the clock ran out, his players christened head coach Kyle Haas with the traditional ice bucket shower in celebration of Haas’ first victory at the team’s helm.
The win evened Northampton’s record at 1-1 in the EPC and overall. Haas was pleased that his team bounced back from their season-opening loss at Parkland.
It didn’t take long for a shakeup in the poll, as Parkland jumps to the top after only two weeks.
Freedom proved it is for real this season, while Emmaus needed a miracle play to survive against Nazareth.
A new Colonial team enters the fold, while this team pits together excellent matchups for a bevy of competitive games this early in the season.
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Looks like Parkland is our version of Alabama.
The Pick: Parkland 28- Freedom 24
2. Freedom (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #5
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
For the majority of its opening drive of the game, the Northampton football team knew it could move the ball and compete with the six-time defending District 11 champions Parkland.
Even after ending up scoreless after that drive, the Kids used enough plays offensively that gave them confidence in being able to put up points against a team known for always having a stingy defense.
The first part of the small game season traditionally gets underway on the first day of September, and this is when dove and geese become legal game. This year, Sept 1 falls on Saturday, which is great for hunters as it’s a weekend.
Facing Parkland in their opener, Northampton couldn’t have asked for a better situation despite being shutout, 41-0.
“This was the best first game we could have,” stated Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas earlier this week. “We knew right away what our strengths and weaknesses were.
“But it became more evident as the game went on that they (Parkland) were more physical than us. We put a lot of time in the weight room from January until now, but across the board we were not as strong as Parkland.”
While the majority of the sports teams kick off their seasons this weekend, the Northampton golf and tennis teams have already been hard at work.
The golf team, particularly, has played two, huge matches so far and has come away with victories over key teams in both of them.
The golfers have high hopes this season, but knew early season matchups against teams like Liberty and Parkland would go a long way toward reaching their goals in 2018.
The Northampton cross country team will open its season this weekend by hosting their own invitational. The event will take place at Bicentennial Park in East Allen Township on Saturday Sept. 1.
“The invite has continued to get bigger and more competitive every year, and has become one of the highlighted invites of the opening weekend of the season,” head Northampton head coach Dan Benner. “Some of the best teams and runners from not only District XI, but from the state will be in attendance.”
The event will feature six races on the day.
The East Penn Conference South teams rolled over their North Division counterparts on the opening night of the 2018 football season.
Emmaus, Parkland, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Northampton were all part of the big night for South Division teams.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern won a shootout, while Catty dropped its opener.
The Hornets got two touchdowns from each of their senior running backs and couple passing touchdowns from quarterback Ethan Parvel in a 62-6 rout of Allen.