August 24, 2013

North Stars meet Syracuse with first place in sight

PLATTSBURGH — With three games remaining on its schedule and first place in sight, the Plattsburgh North Stars’ rematch with the Syracuse Shock has added significance tonight. 

The North Stars (5-1), who are a half-game behind the North East Pennsylvania Miners in the Empire Football League (EFL) standings, travel down I-87 to the D. Donald Distin Athletic Complex in Syracuse for 7 p.m.

Plattsburgh defeated the Shock (3-2) at the Plattsburgh High Athletic Complex July 27, 38-18.

“Every game we play is important,” North Stars coach Scott Aguglia said. “It would be nice to beat Syracuse on its home turf. We’re hopeful for the top seed in the Eastern Division.

“I expect the same thing from Syracuse that we saw a month ago. It’s very important for us to match the intensity we had in the previous go-around. They’ll be extremely fired up, and they’ll want to avenge their loss that happened up here.”

Plattsburgh is led on offense by quarterback Harry Rascoe.

The signal-caller has completed 63-of-110 pass attempts for 1,050 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Rascoe’s primary target is Dexter Geohagan, who leads the EFL in receiving yards (386) and touchdown receptions (eight). Geohagan also poses a threat on special teams, taking two punt returns to the end zone this season.

Andrew Price (170 yards, three touchdowns) and Craig Bujold (147 yards, three touchdowns) have also made key contributions at wideout.

Josh Nephew has headlined the ground game, totaling 204 yards and one touchdown.

Surrendering an average of 12 points per game in five contests, Cody Kirlew leads the defense in total tackles with 30. Matt Kodador and Dave Staley have totaled three sacks each.

Former Peru standout Jason Remillard leads the secondary in interceptions with three.

“What we’ve been doing has worked well us for us on both sides of the ball,” Aguglia said. “Our game plan will be similar to the first time we played them. The guys just need to be focused and ready to play.”

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