On its first possession, Watertown’s Michaelwicz was sacked by the North Stars’ Dan O’Meara and Justin O’Neil for a safety and a 23-3 lead.
“Our defense has been improving all season long and they played great (Saturday),” Aguglia said.
Michaelwicz, though, would finally find the end zone. On just his second completion of the night he found Edgar Givens over the top for a 62-yard score to pull the Red & Black within 14.
Rascoe hooked up with Fish again for a 3-yard touchdown pass 45 seconds into the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for the North Stars.
Watertown would get into the end zone one last time on a 2-yard plunge by Shane Slate.
“I liked the way we ran the ball (Saturday),” Aguglia said. “Our offensive line did a nice job opening holes and I thought they protected Harry well so we could execute on offense.
“The biggest difference (between the two games) was we played with more emotion (Saturday) than in our trip to Watertown. That trip takes a lot out of you and we were definitely flat to start. It took us awhile to get our legs. But, (Saturday) we came ready to play.”
Rascoe finished with 173 yards passing and four touchdowns on the night. Barber hauled in six passes for 116 yards and two scores, while Fish finished with 44 yards and two touchdowns.
Ken Karnley led a balanced ground attack with 23 yards rushing.
Slate completed seven passes for 96 yards after replacing Michaelwicz, who had 64 yards and one score.
Joe Brennan rushed for a game-high 87 yards on 18 carries for Watertown.
The Empire Football League playoffs open up next week, but it appears Plattsburgh will have a first-round bye and will host a semifinal game.
The playoff schedule will be discussed at a meeting today.