PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars traveled to play the Watertown Red and Black Aug. 10 with an unblemished 4-0 record, including six straight wins over their old rivals from Jefferson County.
Each of the two winning streaks were snapped, however, when the Red and Black (3-4) upset the North Stars (7-2) at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, 28-13.
Plattsburgh has an opportunity to even the score when it hosts Watertown in a highly-anticipated rematch at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex for 7 p.m. tonight.
“We’re anxious to play them again to have a chance to avenge our earlier loss,” North Stars coach Scott Aguglia said. “In the first go-around, a combination of things went wrong. We had personnel not able to attend. Defensively, Watertown had a good game plan and showed a few different things we weren’t expecting. They jumped on us early, and they hung on to the lead.”
Plattsburgh is coming off a 26-24 road win over the Glens Falls Greenjackets.
Quarterback Harry Rascoe led the charge, completing 19-of-33 pass attempts for 254 yards and three touchdowns.
Rascoe has been the focal point of the North Stars’ offense in 2013. The signal-caller has thrown for 1,528 passing yards, while rushing for 182 on the ground. He’s totaled 29 touchdowns.
Rascoe’s primary target is former Morehead State University defensive back Dexter Geohagan. Geohagan has grabbed 28 of Rascoe’s passes for 524 yards and 12 touchdowns.
While Rascoe and Geohagan have been a deadly one-two combination through the air, Josh Nephew has shown the way on the ground. Nephew has accumulated 229 yards on just 45 carries, good for a 5.1 yards per carry average.
Excluding two forfeit wins over the now defunct Montreal Voyageurs, the North Stars have scored more than 26 points in six of their seven games played.
On the defensive side of the football, Jason Remillard leads the team in total tackles with 55. The former Peru standout is tied with Brandon St. John with a team-high three interceptions on the year.
Matt Kodador, Dave Staley and Kelsey Lenney have combined for eight sacks.
“Offensively and defensively, we’re coming off a good game last weekend,” Aguglia said. “It was nice to knock the rust off after a few weeks off. I like the way both units are playing. It’s been a good week of practice, and I hope it propels us (tonight).”
Tonight’s game marks Plattsburgh’s final game of the regular season.
The Empire Football League quarterfinals begin Sept. 28. The semifinals are Oct. 5, while the championship game is scheduled for Oct. 12, according to the league’s website.
Aguglia said there is a meeting with league officials to discuss the playoff picture tomorrow morning. The second-year coach said Plattsburgh is a safe bet for a No. 1 seed in the East Division and a first-round bye.
“Every single game counts,” Aguglia said. “It’s important to play well week in and week out. It helps build confidence. That’s something teams need heading into the postseason.”
Tonight is Plattsburgh PAL (Police Athletic League) Football night. Every player who wears his or her jersey to the game will be admitted free of charge.