August 25, 2013

Stars struggle on road, fall to Shock


---- — SYRACUSE — The typically high-scoring Plattsburgh North Stars couldn’t keep up with the Syracuse Shock’s offense Saturday.

The Shock relied on their running game to defeat Plattsburgh 50-27 in an Empire Football League game at D. Donald Distin Athletic Complex.

“It was an offensive shootout is what it was,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. “They made a couple more stops than we did in the first half.”

The game was tied at 6-6 after the first quarter, but Syracuse (4-2) gained some distance in the second, taking a 20-6 lead into halftime, and continued to find the end zone in the second half.

“They scored two (touchdowns) in the second quarter and we didn’t,” Aguglia said. “Then it was back and forth the whole second half, almost a score-for-a-score kind of thing. I think the closest we got was 13 points.”

Syracuse’s offense did most of its damage on the ground — the Shock ran in all but one of their touchdowns.

“We had trouble stopping the run,” Aguglia said. “Usually that’s something that’s going to get you on the losing end of the scoreboard every time.

“Their two running backs had a very good game — Dewayne Gordon and (Justyn) Hardwick.”

Aguglia added that the Stars (5-2) tried making some defensive adjustments during the game, and he noted that they were missing a few players who are normally available.

Plattsburgh’s scoring happened through the air. Quarterback Harry Rascoe threw four touchdown passes, one each to Dexter Geohagan, Bret Boyer, D.J. Barber and Chris Fish. Aguglia said running backs Josh Nephew and Elijah Parks played pretty well.

“Offensively we were OK both running and passing,” Aguglia said. “Our touchdowns were all passing, but we ran the ball well.”

The Shock avenged a 38-18 loss in Plattsburgh on July 27.

The Stars have two games left in the regular season but will have some time to regroup. Their next contest is Sept. 14 at Glens Falls.