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July 12, 2014

North Stars set to battle Colonials in EFL opener

PLATTSBURGH — It’s been two weeks since the Plattsburgh North Stars last stepped on the football field for anything other than practice.

The last time the team did play a game, it wasn’t the North Stars who were celebrating at the end of the fourth quarter. Plattsburgh lost 28-23 in its nonleague matchup against the Troy Fighting Irish from the Northeastern Football Alliance after Everett Tune darted 63 yards for the eventual game-winning touchdown with just 2:51 remaining in the game.

Despite the disappointing loss, the team is looking at a clean slate as it opens up the Empire Football League season tonight on the road against the Glove Cities Colonials in Johnstown. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Knox Field.

For head coach Scott Aguglia, the game against Troy wasn’t necessarily a good indication of things to come, and he expects big things this year.

“I thought that Troy game was a good experience for us. They came in as a very tough opponent, and I thought we played well with them,” Aguglia said. “It showed the fact that they were game conditioned, (and) the fact that they’re in the middle of their season. I thought that we showed we were a little bit fatigued come the third (and) fourth quarter. That’s just more conditioning, and we’ve been working on that.”

Tonight the North Stars will be facing a team with a proud past and a tradition of winning football. 2014 marks the 52nd anniversary of the formation of the Glove Cities Colonials in 1962. With tradition comes respect, and there’s surely none lacking from Aguglia and his staff in regards to how they feel about their upcoming opponent.

“They’re a proud football squad much like Glens Falls and Watertown — all programs that are 40-plus years old,” Aguglia said. “I think it’s great that the Empire Football League has storied programs like that, and we look forward to playing them.”

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