Northampton rolls past Pleasant Valley
Northampton and Pleasant Valley are proving to be at two opposite ends of the spectrum so far this season.
For the Konkrete Kids, Friday night marked the first time since 2010 that the program has compiled back-to-back wins. Last week’s victory over Dieruff, coupled with last night’s 63-0 mercy-rule win over Pleasant Valley, accounts for the winning streak.
The Bears’ first-year head coach, Matt Kosciolek, is aware that his squad is rebuilding taking their ‘lumps.’
However, despite the rocky start, Kosciolek and Company have reasons to look forward. Taking over a program that has had its fair share of success in recent years, the team is finding itself with each passing practice and game. They hope that will be the start to building up something special in the near future.
“We just (have to) keep trying to find something that works,” said the PV mentor. “It’s the same story that I’ve been saying for three weeks now, and that’s that there are bright spots.
“We get some momentum, then we make a mistake, and then the wheels tend to fall off the wagon.”
Northampton wasted no time in taking advantage of the wheel-less vehicle of their opponent and managed to produce points on each of their nine possessions.
“This was a nice step in the right direction,” Northampton head coach Kyle Haas said. “I always tell the kids that it’s never as good as you think it is, and it’s never as bad as you think it is. It’s nice to get a win, but we have to watch film, see where we can get better, and right now, we’re just focused on one game at a time.”
In the first two weeks, Haas’ crew split their outings in a loss to Parkland and a win over Dieruff. They now sport a 2-1 record.
“We obviously are moving in the direction we want to be, but we can’t start to relax and get complacent,” Haas said. “There are a lot of big games down the road.”
The K-Kids amassed 414 yards of total offense and found a healthy mix of both ground and air attacks.
“When we can get our ground game going and mix in the passing game, I think we’re dangerous,” Haas said. “We’re not throwing the ball when teams force us to throw, we’re throwing when we want to throw the ball.
I thought Cam Eaton (starting quarterback for Northampton) did a really nice job tonight and made some great passes, but our bread and butter is our running game and we want to play a physical brand of football.”
The beginning of the third quarter saw the advent of the mercy rule being incorporated.
EATON UP THE CLOCK ... Eaton, a senior, was impressive, making great decisions and displaying his arm strength, as he connected on 8-of-12 pass attempts for 136 yards and a score.
FULL MOON ... Senior tailback Nasai Moon had a nice outing for PV, as he finished with 15 carries for 135 yards.
NOT IN THE CARDS ... “This was a tough match-up for us tonight, considering their offense, and with this being essentially a new defense for us, we’re not at that level yet,” Kosciolek said. “We’re still learning and we’re back to the drawing board, and we’ll be fired up for next week against Emmaus.”