July 28, 2013

North Stars stay perfect in EFL

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars reeled off their third consecutive Empire Football League (EFL) win, defeating the Syracuse Shock 38-18 Saturday. 

With the victory, the North Stars (3-1, 3-0) took over sole possession of first place in the EFL standings.

“We’re playing with a total-team effort,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. “That’s what football is all about. If you get contributions on both sides of the football and special teams, then magical things happen. Right now, we’re clicking on all cylinders.”

The North Stars opened the game’s scoring just 4:31 into the contest when quarterback Harry Rascoe hit Bret Boyer with a 23-yard touchdown strike.

Then, with eight seconds remaining in the first quarter, Rascoe found Dexter Geohagan in the corner of the end zone to make it a two-possession game.

“A team like Syracuse, you can’t let them get momentum,” Aguglia said. “It was very important for us to come in and shut them down right away. We put some points on the board early, and we made them have to think about it a little bit.

“We were able to pretty much execute our game plan offensively. When you can do that, things get easier. We did a good job of maintaining drives and keeping their offense off the field.”

The Shock (2-1, 2-1) only managed 76 yards of total offense in the first half, with one touchdown coming after a Plattsburgh turnover at its own 14-yard line.

“Our defense — they’re playing great right now,” Aguglia said. “I think we’ve got the right combination of guys in the game. They’re just making things happen. It’s great to sit back and watch them play. They’re arriving at the football with multiple helmets.”

During their two-game EFL winning streak, the North Stars failed to commit one offensive turnover.

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