---- — PLATTSBURGH — The 2012 Empire Football League (EFL) All-Star rosters have been unveiled and the Plattsburgh North Stars landed five First Team selections, while Scott Aguglia was recognized as the Coach of the Year.
The offense was led by Harry Rascoe at quarterback, who finished the regular season 116-for-245, 1,941 yards, and 27 touchdowns through the air. The signal-caller showed true versatility by accumulating 409 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
“(Rascoe) gives us a dual-threat option behind center,” Aguglia said. “He has a great arm and can pull the ball down and run. His leadership is what separates him from a lot of players.”
Fullback Elijah Parks provided a physical presence in the backfield for the entire duration of the season. The 5’10” 230-pound back rushed for 224 yards on 42 carries and garnered two scores.
“He plays a tough fullback position with a rugged mentality,” Aguglia said. “A majority of the yards accumulated by our backs can be attributed to him leading the way.”
Kevin Gibson saw considerable touches at tight end and finished fourth on the team in receiving yards at 184, while grabbing two touchdown scores. Gibson also recorded a First Team spot at defensive end and collected the Ironman Award for outstanding play on both sides of the ball.
“That’s such a distinct honor,” Aguglia said. “He’s a superb athlete and can play a number of positions He’s very fast, strong, and is knowledgeable about the game. He deserves any accolade he receives.”
Veteran Kelsey Lenny provided a spark on the defensive line and was credited with a First Team spot at defensive tackle.
“Our defensive line stood strong and played a momentous role in stopping the run game,” Aguglia said. “That’s where it all starts for every defense and I acknowledge their play.”
Kris Ross was a big-play threat on special teams returning kicks and punts.
“(Ross) put our offense in great field position all year,” Aguglia said. “However, I wish he received a little more notoriety on defense for his play-making abilities.”
The North Stars had 12 representatives chosen to the Second Team including running back Jamil McCray, wide receivers Jordon Keleher and Andrew Price, and offensive linemen John Dubuc, Josh Painter and Nick Moore.
On the defensive side of the football, linebackers Nick Norris and BJ Godfrey were credited with Second Team selections, while Brandon St. John earned a spot at defensive back.
Evan White and Kris Ross received Second Team accolades for kicking and punt returning, respectively.
“A dozen players being selected to the Second Team really showcases our depth,” Aguglia said. “We have a number of guys comfortable at different positions. They’re quick learners and can adapt.”
The North Stars play the winner of Vermont and Watertown October 13 at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex in the EFL Semi-Finals.
“I’m humbled to win the Coach of the Year award and I couldn’t have done it without the staff and commitment from our players, but I won’t be satisfied until we get two more wins,”Aguglia said. “This is a big month for our team and we have to execute.”