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June 29, 2013

Stars set for new season

Plattsburgh hoping to get back to EFL championship game

PLATTSBURGH — Young, new talent and experienced veterans will give the Plattsburgh North Stars a shot at winning the Empire Football League (EFL) championship in 2013 under second-year coach Scott Aguglia.

“We’re returning a lot of key players from last season,” Aguglia said. “We got good depth and leadership back from last year. We also have a nice infusion of some younger guys that seem to be very enthusiastic and are in fact very athletic, so I’m thinking that this is going to be a very good season.”

Part of the leadership will come from Harry Rascoe, who won the EFL Offensive MVP award a season ago.

Rascoe led the team in both rushing and passing. He averaged 7.1 yards a carry, finishing with five touchdowns and 409 yards rushing.

Rascoe’s numbers throwing the ball are just as impressive. He ended the season with a 94.3 quarterback rating, compiled 2,391 passing yards and threw 32 touchdowns, while only being picked off 14 times.

“Rascoe is a duel threat, he played one year at running back for us and then transitioned to QB,” Aguglia said. “He had a heck of a year throwing the ball last year. On top of everything else, he is a calming factor in the huddle, guys look to him and he’s a leader and that’s really good for our offense.”

The North Stars top two rushers from last year will be returning as well. Josh Nephew and Elijah Parks combined for 537 yards, six touchdowns and each averaged over five yards per carry. They both shared the workload evenly last year with Nephew totaling 49 carries and Parks right behind him at 42.

Aguglia noted the biggest difference from last year is a whole new receiving corps. The North Stars have lost their top-four receivers from a season ago. Aguglia, however, doesn’t see that as a big problem.

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