PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh North Stars coach Scott Aguglia was looking for his football team to get a good test Saturday night.
Everett Tune’s 63-yard run with 2:51 left in the fourth quarter lifted the defending Northeastern Football Alliance champion Troy Fighting Irish to a 28-23 win in nonleague play at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex.
“Absolutely, this was a good opportunity for us to play a good team in a nonleague game prior to the start of our Empire Football League season,” Aguglia said. “They have won their league championship the last four years.
“I’m proud of our guys. In some ways, we played better than we did last week. If we play this well during our league season, we’re going to win a lot of games.”
The Fighting Irish took a 22-13 lead into the fourth quarter, thanks to a five-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion by quarterback Neil Keels with 1:52 remaining in the third quarter.
Troy, however, had trouble with its kicking game all evening, and the North Stars got the ball at their 45 following the Fighting Irish’s score.
Plattsburgh (1-1) moved the ball as far as the Troy seven before D.J. Barber connected on a 26-yard field goal to bring the North Stars to within 22-16.
The North Stars wanted to squib the ball on the following kickoff, and the ball caromed hard off a Troy player on the front line. The North Stars recovered and took over at their own 43.
North Stars quarterback Harry Rascoe hooked up with Dexter Geohagan on an 18-yard completion, and Matt Durocher later added a 15-yard run. Rascoe found Geohagan from nine yards out for the touchdown, and Barber added the point after for a 23-22 Plattsburgh lead 7:40 into the fourth.
It was the third touchdown reception of the night for Geohagan, who finished with seven catches and 111 yards.