August 11, 2013

North Stars start well, then falter

WATERTOWN — Saturday’s game started out well for the Plattsburgh North Stars when Dexter Geohagen returned a punt for a 65-yard touchdown with less than two minutes gone.

But that would be one of the few highlights for the North Stars, who fell from the unbeaten ranks with a 28-13 loss to the Watertown Red and Black in Empire Football League play.

“Anytime you score in the first two minutes of the game, it’s a great start,” North Stars coach Scott Aguglia said.

However, Watertown (3-2, 2-2) responded well while rallying back to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

“They responded well after we scored,” Aguglia said. “It was a typical Plattsburgh vs. Watertown game — a dog fight.

“It went back and forth. But when they drove the ball downfield, they were able to score. When we did, we weren’t able to.”

The Red and Black added to their lead when they made it 28-7 in the second half. Plattsburgh took advantage of a botched punt late in the contest to get its second score as Elijah Parks went over from a yard out with 1:19 left in the game.

The North Stars (4-1, 4-1) came into Saturday night’s game averaging 50 points a game. The Red and Black’s defense, however, bent but didn’t break.

Watertown did a good job containing Plattsburgh quarterback Harry Rascoe and his receiving corps, which had been putting up big numbers.

“I thought that was the key,” Aguglia said. “We were able to drive the ball down the field quite a bit. But they were able to stop us inside their 20-yard line. You have to tip your cap to them.”

Although disappointed with the loss, Aguglia says there’s plenty of football left to be played.

“We’re still 4-1, and the season isn’t over,” he said. “We’ll get back at it in practice on Tuesday and get ready to play Vermont next weekend.”

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