Brandon concludes record-setting career
To say Tyrese Brandon has had a busy year might be an understatement.
The Northampton senior running back set numerous school football records helping the Kids to a 10-2 record.
The Konkrete Kids posted their second winning season since 2008 and are making their second appearance in the postseason since 2003. It was the best regular season record since the 1974 team achieved the same record.
Brandon became the Kids’ all-time leading rusher with 2,767, passing the mark of 2,537 set by Phil Hard (1997-2000). He also has scored the most points in a season, 176, breaking the mark of 138 set by Charlie Wogenrich in 1961.
In addition, Brandon has the new mark of all-purpose yards in a career with 5,659, surpassing Tommy Rohn’s record of 5,094 from 1996-99.
He broke Wogenrich’s record for most touchdowns in a season (23) by scoring 29 and also broke Charles Shimer’s record for most rushing touchdowns in a career (38) by collecting 42.
“He (Brandon) has had an impressive year,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “He certainly has worked hard for everything he has accomplished.
“Tyrese has been a very consistent and productive player the past four years.”
Brandon has downplayed the personal accolades and has thrust his attention on his team’s rising status, especially after an emotional win against Whitehall earlier this season. For the year, he had 1,040 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns and 41 catches for 876 yards with 12 scores.
He helped swing the momentum with a 69-yard kickoff return to begin the fourth quarter against the Zephs.
“That game was amazing, intense, and I loved every minute of it,” he stressed. “I am thankful for the community and student body for coming out and support us. It was a huge win and we finally beat an EPC (East Penn Conference) South team.
“We have been waiting to bring back the Cement Bowl trophy back for a while.”