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Football again rolls to a victory

Through four games this season, the Northampton football team’s average margin of victory is 51 points. They have scored 222 and allowed just 18.

The 69-0 win against Allen last Friday was their most lopsided result of the young season as they dominated the Canaries in all three phases of the game.

The fireworks started early as Antonino Russo lofted a perfect pass into the waiting arms of Tymir Williams for a 40-yard touchdown on the Kids’ first offensive play of the game.

Northampton was a dropped fourth down pass in the end zone away from scoring a touchdown on every drive that they had.

Their scoring was not limited to the offensive side of the ball. Tristen Pinnock had a 61-yard pick six on Allen’s first play of the second quarter. On the next series, Christian Bundra blocked the Canaries’ punt and Jake Biery jumped on the loose ball for the always satisfying big man score.

Just how impenetrable was the Kids’ defense? Allen had a 42-yard run in the second quarter and finished the game with 40 total yards. The combined result of every other play the Canaries ran was negative 2 yards.

Russo was 9 of 12 on the night for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns. After an early season QB competition, he has laid claim to the starter’s spot. Head coach John Toman explained, “He’s the guy going forward. You’re going to see AJ (Slivka) doing wildcat stuff for us. We used him there in the third quarter to get the first down because of his running ability. Antonino’s been throwing the ball really well. We need to be able to throw the ball consistently when we get to the South to compete with those teams.”

Caden Henritzy rushed for 101 yards on just 8 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Josh Garcia toted the ball 4 times for 44 yards and a score. Wesley Valera made the most of his only carry by going 36 yards for the game’s final touchdown.

Mikey Coleman led the Kids with 3 receptions for 60 yards. Jaelen Richardson had a pair of grabs including a diving 32-yard touchdown. Pinnock added an offensive touchdown to his night by outfighting an Allen defender to haul in an 11-yard TD in the waning moments of the first half.

Before the season started, many observers had this week’s game against East Stroudsburg South as the de facto EPC North Division championship game. However, the defending District XI 5A champions do not appear to be as formidable as the team that had the Kids down 20-0 in last year’s contest.

While the Cavaliers are 3-1 this season, they lost to Pleasant Valley 7-6 and their most recent game against PM East was tied at 6-6 at the half before South eventually won 28-6. For context, the Cardinals lost to East Stroudsburg North in week two.

South will certainly be fired up to defend their home turf, but as long as Northampton is not looking ahead to Bethlehem Catholic, they should reach the halfway point of the season without a blemish.