September 14, 2013

North Stars back in action

PLATTSBURGH — The Glens Falls Greenjackets might be just what the Plattsburgh North Stars need at the moment.

The two tangle at 7 p.m. tonight in Glens Falls in Empire Football League play.

The North Stars, who are tied with the Syracuse Shock for second place in the EFL standings with a 5-2 record, dropped a 50-27 decision in Syracuse three weeks ago. The Northeast Pennsylvania Miners are unbeaten at 6-0 and lead the EFL.

Plattsburgh, however, hasn’t played since the Syracuse loss, with a bye on Labor Day weekend and then a forfeit victory over the Montreal Voyageurs last Saturday, leaving the team chomping at the bit.

“I hope we’re looking to play,” North Stars coach Scott Aguglia said. “We want to get back on the field and move forward towards the playoffs.

“With the way the league schedule was set up, and the fact that Montreal dropped out of the league just before the season started, trying to keep a consistent flow from week to week has been difficult.”

The Greenjackets are currently 4-4 in league play, including two forfeit victories over Montreal.

“I would like to see us play with a little more discipline and executing well both offensively and defensively,” Aguglia said. “We want to get through the game playing well and hopefully improve on it the following weekend.”

The Greenjackets and North Stars met early in the season in Plattsburgh and the result was a one-sided 64-7 win for Plattsburgh.

Quarterback Harry Rascoe threw for seven touchdown passes, three each to Dexter Geohagan and Andrew Price, and ran for another score.

Aguglia, however, talked to his team this week in practice about not taking Glens Falls for granted.

“Absolutely, I told that to the team,” he said. “We have to take one game at a time. Glens Falls is a much-improved team — I scouted them last week against Vermont. They have some new schemes on defense and a couple of new formations and looks on offense.

“We need to be prepared to play.”

Following tonight’s contest, the North Stars close out regular season play with a home contest against the Watertown Red & Black next Saturday.

“We lost B.J. Godfrey for the season with a wrist injury but, other than that, we’re okay (physically),” Aguglia said. “But week to week, however, you never know who you’re going to have.”

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