Kids look to take advantage
Most people in the Lehigh Valley thought Catasauqua would be preparing for two football games this week.
Their annual Thanksgiving day contest with Northampton is always a given, but after an undefeated run up till November 17, the Rough Riders were expected to be preparing for the PIAA playoffs this weekend.
That's not the case anymore after they suffered the biggest upset of the year at the hands of Pen Argyl (10-2) last Saturday night, losing 26-20 to the Green Knights in the District 11 2A final.
Now, Northampton (2-8) hopes they can rub some salt in open wounds by knocking off the Rough Riders at Alumni Field when both teams kickoff at 10 am Thursday morning.
Northampton head coach Jeff Brosky knows his team is confident heading into this week's turkey day bash, as time has been on Northampton's side.
"We've been preparing for them for two weeks," said Brosky, whose team has had 12 practices in preparation for the Roughies. "We've given our guys some time to rest over that period. I think we have a slight advantage in the fact that we've been focused on them for awhile now, where I don't know how much they've been preparing for us with the type of season they've had."
The Roughies dream season could quickly be marred by a nightmare ending if Northampton can capitalize on their size advantage like Pen Argyl did last week.
The Green Knights found success on the ground, pounding the Catty front with Mike Racciato (95 yards rushing) and Michael DePaolo (104 yards, three touchdowns) causing the most damage last weekend.
With Northampton averaging nearly 240 pounds of body mass across their front line, the Kids have a 15 pound advantage to their counterparts, an advantage that could equate into a physically daunting task for Catasauqua.
"We definitely have a size advantage and we'll try to exploit that," Brosky said. "Every team we've played in the Lehigh Valley Conference has been bigger than us, so it's going to be a different scenario for our guys this week. Most games are always won up front and that's what we hope will give us an advantage this year."
Catasauqua snapped an eight-game losing streak to Northampton last year when they trumped the K-Kids by a 20-6 final. Northampton still holds a decisive advantage in the series with a 54-31-4 all-time record.