BY GARRETT WOOD
PLATTSURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars play their Empire Football League opener tonight, with a game that carries a lot of weight for a couple of different reasons.
The North Stars travel to Burlington, Vt., to battle the Vermont Ice Storm, where coach Scott Aguglia was the offensive coordinator for three years before coming to the North Stars in the same role in 2009.
“I want this game every time we play them,” Aguglia said. “It’s one of the most important to me … next to playoffs and championships.”
There is also the standard rivalry between the two lake cities, where the winner wins bragging rights for its respective city.
This game is the EFL opener for both teams, and it could set the tone for the rest of the season, especially when they meet again a few weeks later.
“It’s also the first time we get to go out there in a league situation and kind of see if all our hard off-season work has paid off,” Aguglia said. “And I feel pretty good about it.”
Last year, the North Stars split two games with the Ice Storm. The first, again being the season opener, went down 10-6 in favor of Vermont.
“In the first game last year, we didn’t even come close to playing our best football,” Aguglia said. “We made a lot of mistakes, but I suspect that we have got those things out of the way now.”
In the second game, the North Stars took control and dominated Vermont, 41-21.
Harry Rascoe threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns and also added a rushing touchdown in that late-season win. Josh Nephew also ran for 105 yards and grabbed two touchdowns in the lopsided victory.
Plattsburgh has added a few returning faces in the past couple of weeks that will only help them produce more offensive opportunities.