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July 13, 2014

North Stars score 21 unanswered in EFL win

JOHNSTOWN — One week removed from a disappointing nonleague loss, the Plattsburgh North Stars kicked off their Empire Football League (EFL) schedule in style Saturday.

The North Stars (2-1, 1-0) scored 21 unanswered points in a 28-7 defeat of the Glove Cities Colonials at Knox Field in Johnstown.

“We scored 14 points in each half, so I thought we played a balanced game,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. “We ran the ball well, and Harry Rascoe had three touchdown passes to Tory Bouyea. They were doubling Dexter Geohagan, so Harry was able to exploit that and get the ball to Tory.

“Matt Durocher and Dave Ragone did a good job running the ball, while our offensive line did a fairly good job of opening lanes and protecting Harry.”

The Colonials scored on their opening possession, but Aguglia said his defense was able to adjust and execute.

“Our defense played great,” Aguglia said. “After we adjusted, we shut them out for three quarters. As a coach, you can’t ask for more.”

The North Stars will play host to the Syracuse Shock in a rematch of last year’s EFL title game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Plattsburgh, which surrendered 401 yards of offense in its 2013 finale, will hope to avenge its 36-15 loss.

“We feel good about the win, but we’ll get back to work Monday,” Aguglia said. “The EFL is full of very good football teams. It’s never easy, but we’re pleased to get our first (EFL) win under our belt. We’re ready to tackle our next challenge.”

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