For Kids, it's about future
A loss to Catasauqua is never the way the Northampton football program wants to end their year on Thanksgiving.
A 52-21 defeat littered with four turnovers might have made things even worse for the 2012 K-Kids season.
But after a 2-9 finish in first-year head coach Jeff Brosky's inaugural season, he hopes that the foundation for a future has been laid.
"I told the younger guys in the program that we need to get into the weight room and we need to get better everywhere as a program," said Brosky. "We had 15 kids come out for the first time this year as seniors. We need to get those type of numbers from younger kids and have them grow in the program for years."
Brosky has established a new identity and culture for Northampton football after only having six months to prepare from his initial hiring. Now he hopes having a full off-season will help the program take gradual steps forward.
The Kids bring back five skill position starters next season, which means the entire front line in the trenches needs to be replaced with a new crop of players from the junior varsity side that Brosky seems found of.
But outside of reestablishing a new interior, Brosky also wants to focus on getting a better running game next season.
"We feel confident with the kids coming up the program to play on the line," he said. "I think they're going to do fine, but we really need to find more ways to establish a running game. We were able to throw the ball this year, but we just couldn't get it together on the ground. There's things in every phase of the game that we need to get better at."
And he knows he'll be a better head coach in year two, compared to his first varsity season.
"I learned that being a head coach can be a wonderul experience at times, but also a demanding one," said Brosky. "Dealing with all the different facets associated with the program was a task and that's something you're not used to as an assistant.
"I think we all learned something from this season and we're excited about the future of the program moving forward."
Northampton will also have a new home field next season as they prep for new middle school building and field house next to Al Erdosy Stadium.
The Kids will have a new all surface track and turf field in two years, but that building project will prohibit them from playing at the stadium during that time.
Nazareth's turf field has become an option for the K-Kids next season to use as their home field, but Brosky isn't worried about where they'll play.
"It's going to be like a college type atmosphere here when all these projects are done," he said. "We'll just have to be patient."