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Kids up next for Zephs

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

The Konkrete Kids are still looking for their first division win in football and would like nothing better than to earn that initial victory at Whitehall's expense.

The Kids have only managed one win this season, and when the Zephs travel to Andrew S. Leh Stadium in Nazareth to play Northampton on Saturday, their minds will be focused on pulling the upset over playoff-bound Whitehall.

The Zephs are currently 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, while Northampton has just the one win against EPC North foe William Allen. In fact, the Kids have only had one win in their last 29 games.

The two teams will also be battling for the Cement Bowl trophy, and the Kids would also like to see it back in their possession. The Kids haven't defeated Whitehall since 2009 and Zephyr head coach Brian Gilbert knows that they'll be primed to play and ready to shock the world.

"This is a game that can definitely be their Super Bowl," said Gilbert. "They want that Cement trophy and they're going to play real hard to get it."

If the Zephs win, they can look at one of two scenarios unfolding. First, if Freedom beats Liberty, the Zephs will travel to play the Patriots in the opening round at BASD. If Freedom loses to the rival 'Canes, the Zephs will host an opening round game against Parkland, provided the Trojans defeat Emmaus.

Still, their focus will be on the Kids as they look to head into the postseason with consecutive wins. Gilbert said they have a young coach who has instilled some offensive creativity into their game plan. Gilbert said that he coached against Mark Scisly when both were running programs in the Colonial League, Gilbert at Palisades and Scisly at Salisbury. Scisly has proven to be very innovative, something he's implemented from his association with the staff of St. Luke's and their sports and human performance department.

The Kids feature Cory Croll at quarterback. The senior signal caller will operate from a Wing T-formation, said Gilbert, and from there they'll run a lot of misdirection. That plays into their biggest strength as a team, with the Kids boasting a lot of experience across their offensive line. Gilbert said he expects them to run behind that big offensive line, and try to win at the point of attack.

The Kids also have backs James Marsh and Andrew Szerencsits.

Gilbert said that their focus will be on the Kids, knowing that his team will want to end the regular season on a strong note.

"They're high school kids and they have pride," said Gilbert. "Our kids will be ready to play."

Still. He wants to make sure they take care of business and not get lost looking past the Kids.

"We don't want any setbacks," he said.

The game will also provide a couple of players to further cement their names in the record book. First, Saquon Barkley needs 73 yards to break Nick Kurtz's single- season rushing record of 1,662. Barkley all ready owns the career mark in rushing as well as career TDs. Additionally, quarterback Gianni Sinatore has all ready thrown for 1,532 yards this year, good for 7th place all-time in a season. He can move up that ladder while also adding to his TD total which currently sits at 17, placing him presently in fourth place for a single season.

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