October 21, 2012

North Stars fall short in EFL title game

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars were able to perform late-game heroics throughout the 2012 season, but failed to conclude a storybook ending in Saturday night’s 38-22 Empire Football League championship loss to Monroe County.

The North Stars (10-3, 9-2) were unable to cut into a 16-point differential, in a game that featured the Sting (10-3, 8-3) getting the better of second-half scoring 30-15.

Plattsburgh opened the game’s scoring when Harry Rascoe found Jamil McCray in the back of the end zone for a 32-yard score at 10:01 of the opening stanza. McCray’s reception marked the lone score registered in the first quarter.

Then, Sting quarterback Doby Howard ran a bootleg to the far sideline on a 4-yard scamper. Jay Wingate punched in the following two-point conversion, putting Monroe County up 8-7 at the half.

The North Stars could only muster 10 yards of rushing in the first half to go along with 77 yards of total offense.

“I think we made a couple small errors early on in the second quarter that kind of hurt our momentum,” said North Stars first-year head coach Scott Aguglia. “I thought we came out full of intensity, but we shot ourselves in the foot. (Running the ball) was not our game plan.”

Monroe County utilized its sideline-to-sideline quickness when Bernard Williams snatched a 20-yard reception with just 2:43 gone in the third period.

Before Plattsburgh could dictate the tempo with a 31-yard touchdown reception from Kevin Gibson, the Sting answered when Brent McGill broke an electrifying 49-yard run down the far sideline to go up 22-14.

“They’re a very fast team,” Aguglia said. “They have a lot of athletes and they brought it (Saturday). It’s a credit to them, really. They got off a five-hour bus ride and executed their game plan.”

Rascoe answered with a touchdown of his own on the first play of the fourth quarter, and hit Jordon Keleher on the ensuing two-point conversion to tie the game at 22.

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