With two early goals and dominant possession over the first 15 minutes, the Northampton boys soccer team got off to a perfect start against Whitehall in their season opener on Sept. 1.
Unfortunately for the K-Kids and Coach Adam Bastidas, the remaining 65 minutes did not go nearly as smooth.
For Bethlehem Catholic head coach Joe Henrich, the Golden Hawks’ 48-0 victory over Northampton last week was the perfect result.
While he was certainly happy to leave Al Erdosy Stadium with a shutout victory, Bethlehem Catholic still made a number of mistakes that caught the coach’s eye and will help keep his team grounded this week in practice.
The Golden Hawks fumbled twice, committed six penalties for 55 yards, and dropped a wide-open touchdown pass through the hands of the receiver.
Northampton’s field hockey team was schedule to play two games on grass this year. Ironically, both of them were the first two games of the season.
Fortunately, the Konkrete Kids took care of both of them.
Northampton opened the season with two impressive shutout victories, throttling Catasauqua, 8-0, and blanking Bethlehem Catholic, 4-0.
“We got our grass games done,” said head coach Carrie Saul. “We had two nice wins. We had a balanced attack and that’s what we will be looking for. Now, we can get back to turf, but it was a good way to begin the season.”
They say defense wins championships and Emmaus showed they have a lot of things to clean up on that side of the ballfollowing last week’s 42-35 loss to Whitehall.
Meanwhile, teams like Parkland and Easton continued to throttle teams on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 13 combined points last week.
As we enter week three, we have a new team at the top, as the top five has shuffled too, but how long will the pecking order last?
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Didn’t take long for the Trojans to get back on top.
The Northampton Invitational was held this past weekend to open up the cross country season for Northampton as well as several other area teams.
“Both the boys and girls ran well with many new personal best times. It was a fast start to our season before we head into our first regular season EPC meet on Sept. 12 against Central, Emmaus, and Whitehall,” said head coach Dan Benner.
The Kids beat the Pates 407-470.
Northampton was led by Andrew Hozza who carded a 78 at Woodstone. Jack Test chipped in with an 80 while Nate Wheeler shot an 81. Anthony Sawarynski shot 83 and Devon Britton shot an 85.
Freedom was led by Andrew Knerr who shot a 90. Other Pates scorers were: Andrew Knerr, 90; Justin Kinter, 91; Max Mehti, 96; Jake Haberstumpf, 96 and Kyle Petrone, 97.
The Kids also picked up a win over Tamaqua on Sept. 5 at Mountain Valley.
Test led the way with an 80 while Sawarynski shot an 81 for the Kids.
After an impressive 31-0 victory in week one against East Stroudsburg North, the Northampton football team learned that its competition in the EPC South is on a different level.
The K-Kids fell to Bethlehem Catholic 48-0 at Al Erdosy Stadium on Sept. 1.
Northampton was held to 77 total yards of offense. Running back Hunter Wacik led the offense with 46 yards on 21 carries.
The Northampton defense started strong against the Golden Hawks, but ultimately gave up too many big plays to Becahi running back Tavion Banks.
An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.
Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.
In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.
The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.
If you were a former member or used the Firing Line indoor shooting range on Roosevelt Street on the border of Whitehall and North Whitehall townships that closed a few years ago upon the passing of its owner, you owe it to yourself to check out the new Firing Line.
The Firing Line has been reborn and has transformed into a first class indoor shooting facility that sports a vastly improved and state-of-the-art air filtration system, exceptional sound proofing, classrooms, lounge area and retail shop in the enlarged former building.
Northampton’s football team had a memorable opening week of the season, but how long can it last for the Kids?
The Kids dominated their opener at East Stroudsburg North, shutting out the Timberwolves 31-0 to kickoff their season.
Northampton’s ground game controlled the contest, compiling 231 yards, while the defense kept ESN’s total offensive yardage to 95 yards to cap off an opening week shutout.