July 21, 2013

North Stars cruise in home opener

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars gained 286 yards in the first half Saturday.

And the defense was as staunch as the offense was prolific.

The Stars opened a 36-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 64-7 win over Glens Falls in an Empire Football League game at Plattsburgh High School.

The Stars (2-1, 2-0 EFL) scored on every possession of the first half except the last one, when they got the ball with 8.6 seconds left and took a knee. Eight of their nine touchdowns in the game came through the air.

It was the second blowout in a row for the Stars; they beat the Vermont Ice Storm 49-0 last week.

“The offense is clicking, but it’s the offensive line that’s doing the work,” Stars quarterback Harry Rascoe said. “They’re picking up everything. They’re talking. Fullback Elijah Parks is really doing well. (Josh) Nephew’s running hard. We’ve got two good running backs; that opens up the passing game.”

After stuffing the Greenjackets’ running game on the opening drive, Plattsburgh marched 61 yards to the end zone, culminating with Rascoe’s high 26-yard pass to Craig Bujold. The Stars took a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter after Rascoe hit Andrew Price just inside the back line for a 15-yard touchdown.

In the second, Dexter Geohagan caught the ball around the 10-yard line, shook off his defender and ran to pay dirt for a 19-yard score. Before the quarter ended, Price grabbed the ball and took off for a 46-yard touchdown, and Geohagan hauled in a 76-yard scoring pass.

Plattsburgh held the Greenjackets to eight yards combined on their first two possessions. Glens Falls (0-2, 0-2) didn’t get past midfield until the middle of the second quarter, and that was with the help of a 15-yard personal foul. On their next possession, the Greenjackets reached the red zone and were in prime position to get on the scoreboard. But on first-and-goal with 18.1 seconds left, Jamil McCray picked off Brenden Frye’s pass.

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