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September 22, 2013

North Stars get revenge on Red & Black

PLATTSBURGH — The Watertown Red & Black handed the Plattsburgh North Stars their first loss of the season Aug. 10.

The North Stars had to wait more than a month to exact their revenge, but it was worth the wait.

Plattsburgh got four touchdown passes from Harry Rascoe and a solid defensive effort against a tough Watertown team to capture a 30-16 Empire Football League victory Saturday at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex.

It didn’t take long for the North Stars to pounce once the game started.

Just 1:59 into the game Rascoe connected with D.J. Barber on third down for a 40-yard touchdown strike. Barber’s kick gave Plattsburgh an early 7-0 lead.

“That was the plan,” North Stars coach Scott Aguglia said. “The plan was to come out and strike early. We weren’t sure about the weather so we wanted to get what we could early.”

On its third possession of the first quarter, Rascoe went to Barber again, this time for a 35-yard score and a 14-0 lead.

Brandon St. John then gave Plattsburgh the ball back on the Watertown 29 when he picked off Red & Black quarterback Tyler Michaelwicz.

But, the North Stars gave it right back on a fumbled exchange — one of four fumbles on the night for Plattsburgh.

“We had a couple of fluke things happen,” Aguglia said. “But we are lucky it didn’t hurt us because our defense was able to pick us up.”

Darrin Morris got Watertown on the board at the 9:59 mark of the second quarter with a 30-yard field goal.

The North Stars, though, had one last drive in them before the half and Rascoe connected with Chris Fish for an 18-yard touchdown to give Plattsburgh a 21-3 lead at the half.

Things didn’t get much better for the Red & Black as the second half began.

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