PLATTSBURGH — Scott Aguglia told his team from the outset, ‘you’ve got to be in the Empire Football League (EFL) championship game to win it.’
Aguglia’s defense responded, surrendering 217 yards of total offense, as the Plattsburgh North Stars defeated the Glens Falls Greenjackets 28-20 in an EFL semifinal contest Saturday.
“Coach (Dave) Hackett had a great scheme he put together this week,” Aguglia said. “The guys bought in, and they executed very well (Saturday). So the credit goes to him and the guys for executing.”
After touchdowns by DJ Barber, Ken Karnley and Chris Fish, the North Stars (9-2) maintained a 21-6 halftime lead.
Plattsburgh’s offense, though, became stagnant in the third quarter.
The North Stars could only muster nine yards of offense as the two teams exchanged possession on five occasions.
“I can’t really put my finger on it, and I won’t be able to until I see the film,” Aguglia said. “I think we just had a few weird things happen. I think a couple times, we may have tried to audible to something that we thought was there and ended up not being there. I think penalties also played a factor in slowing down some of our drives.”
Greenjackets (4-7) quarterback Brendan Frye registered 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, but was unable to beat Plattsburgh through the air.
Frye finished 9-for-30 with 51 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Greg Archer, Dave Staley and Kevin Jordan each recorded a sack for the North Stars.
“That was a big part of coach Hackett’s scheme — was to make them beat us on the ground,” Aguglia said. “We went over all the pass patterns they ran against us in the last game we played. We really keyed in on (wide receiver) Alec Conover.”
Conover finished the game with two catches for 13 yards.