5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NORTHAMP­TON

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1. Nick Artinger, who was Beth­le­hem Cathlolic’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in 2016 when Haas was the in­terim head coach, has joined the staff, along with Drew Mor­ris­sey, an Em­maus High School and Moravian Col­lege prod­uct. Also, Mark Ben­dekovits has been moved up to out­side lineback­ers, and Zach Win­ter was brought up from the mid­dle school to coach the tight ends. In all, Northamp­ton has 12 coaches.

2. As the first week of prac­tice ended, Northamp­ton had 51 kids out for the team, grades 10 to

12. The fresh­man pro­gram had 24 kids, and 35 were in the mid­dle school pro­gram. “Ideally, you’d like 20 kids in ev­ery class, but kids have to un­der­stand there’s a com­mit­ment to play foot­ball,” Haas said. “A lot of kids want to play, but they don’t want to do what it takes to play. I think we’ve got the 50 tough­est kids in the school play­ing foot­ball and they come back ev­ery day, so I am happy.” 3. Northamp­ton’s last reg­u­lar sea­son game is Oct. 25 at White­hall, and the Thanks­giv­ing Day game against Catasauqua is sched­uled for 34 days later on Nov. 28. So, Haas is re­ally hop­ing his team can make the play­offs and ad­vance a round or two, be­cause oth­er­wise it will be an ex­tremely long gap be­tween games. “From a sched­ul­ing stand­point for prac­tice, that’s a tough stretch to get through,” Haas said.

4. Haas is ex­cited about the chal­lenge of wel­com­ing

Park­land in Week 1. “It lets us know real­is­ti­cally where we are,” he said. “When you watch the film, you find out who’s the best 11 and who isn’t. I’m ex­cited to see how our kids re­spond. No mat­ter what hap­pens, we’ll take the pos­i­tives and we’ll fix the neg­a­tives. That’s all you can do when you’re try­ing to build a pro­gram.”

5. Haas has been hired to work at the school in se­cu­rity and as as­sis­tant ath­letic di­rec­tor. “It’s re­ally im­por­tant for me to be around the kids all day and see how they’re do­ing, and to work with [ath­letic di­rec­tor] Shaun Mur­ray and the rest of the all-star staff we have here will also be a pos­i­tive for me,” Haas said.

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