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July 28, 2013

North Stars stay perfect in EFL

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Plattsburgh, though, helped Syracuse cut the score to a five-point game when Leron Brown picked Rascoe off with just over five minutes gone in the third quarter.

Twelve of the Shock’s 18 points in the game resulted in points off turnovers.

“You’re bound to have them sooner or later,” Aguglia said. “The important thing is we didn’t let it stay with us the entire game. We bounced back and took care of the football the rest of the way. That’s all I can ask. They’re human, and they’re going to make mistakes.”

Up 17-12 with less than 10 seconds gone in the fourth quarter, the North Stars extended their lead to 12 when Rascoe found DJ Barber for his third touchdown toss of the game.

After Geohagan grabbed his second touchdown reception at 3:43, Brandon St. John picked off Syracuse quarterback TJ Sheard, running 30 yards down Plattsburgh’s sideline to the end zone.

St. John and former Peru and Alfred University standout Alec Currier each grabbed critical interceptions in the second half.

“Alec’s interception was extremely important,” Aguglia said. “He made a great break on the football and that was at a key time in the game. Brandon’s was a little bit later, and we didn’t necessarily need that last touchdown, but it was nice to kind of put the game away with that.”

Rascoe finished the game 16-for-29 with 232 yards and four touchdowns through the air, bringing his EFL total to 724 yards and 14 touchdowns through three games.

Three receivers — Ryan St. Clair (72), Geohagan (63) and Barber (62) — accumulated over 60 receiving yards.

With the EFL yet to determine the outcome of already scheduled games against Montreal, Aguglia anticipates a forfeit win before traveling to Watertown Aug. 10.

“I’m happy that we have two weeks to prepare for Watertown,” Aguglia said. “Going there is always a good football game. I’m expecting nothing but the same from them, a hard-nosed running attack and in-your-face defense. We’ll break it down further over the next couple of days. Otherwise, I’m very happy. (Saturday) was a great team win.”

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