July 20, 2013

North Stars prepped for Mayor's Cup rivalry, home opener

BY RICKY ST. CLAIR Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — One week removed from a 49-0 win over Vermont, the Plattsburgh North Stars are set for their Empire Football League (EFL) home opener against Glens Falls tonight at 7 p.m.

This marks the first time the North Stars (1-1, 1-0) have played at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Conference since their 38-22 EFL championship game loss to Monroe County Oct. 21.

“It’s very nice to finally be home,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. “After a couple games, we’re excited to play in front of our hometown crowd.”

The Greenjackets (0-1, 0-1) fell in their EFL opener July 6, losing to Syracuse, 64-6.

Plattsburgh and Glens Falls will battle for the Mayor’s Cup trophy, awarded to the winner of the annual rivalry game.

“Glens Falls has been a traditional rival of our organization for years,” Aguglia said. “They’re going to come at us with a hard-nosed running attack, and they always play tough defense, too. I expect a good football game (tonight).”

Offensively, the North Stars are led by quarterback Harry Rascoe. The signal-caller was 10-for-14 with 225 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout win last Saturday.

Aguglia said the team is clicking as a whole.

“We didn’t commit any turnovers last week,” Aguglia said. “We held on to the football. The backs saw running lanes well and made good cuts. Overall, it’s hard to get much better than that.

“After the Vermont game, we’re confident. It was a huge improvement from our first non-league game. We realize they’re probably in a rebuilding year, and they’re not the best team we’re going to see all season.”

Plattsburgh picked up a 34-22 win over Glens Falls a season ago, and Aguglia said tonight’s game could potentially go down to the final possession.

“Considering the past history, it could come down to who has the ball last, but I hope not,” Aguglia said. “Football is a funny sport. The ball bounces a lot of different ways. I suppose anything could happen. If it has to come to that, I’m confident that we can get it done.”