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October 5, 2013

North Stars meet Greenjackets in EFL semifinal matchup

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars have reached the Empire Football League (EFL) championship game in three of the past four years. 

If they’re going to make a bid for a fourth appearance in a half-decade, they’ll have to get past the Glens Falls Greenjackets.

The North Stars (8-2) play host to the Greenjackets (4-6) in an EFL semifinal matchup at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex for 7 p.m. tonight.

“It’s been a long journey with some ups and downs,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Agulia said. “We’re in a good position right now, and I’m pretty confident heading into the game (tonight).”

The North Stars have played a home-and-home against Glens Falls during their 10-game schedule, which included two forfeit wins over Montreal.

Plattsburgh picked up a 64-7 win at home July 20 before defeating the Greenjackets in the second of two contests Sept. 14, 26-24.

“I do think that both teams are familiar with each other,” Aguglia said. “There won’t be too much they will show us that we haven’t seen before and vice versa. I think whoever can establish early momentum will probably be able to control the game.”

In the final month of the regular season, the North Stars have averaged 28 points per game on offense. Plattsburgh has scored 294 total points in eight games played this season.

Offensively, the North Stars are led by quarterback Harry Rascoe. The Seton Catholic graduate has completed 111-of-197 pass attempts for 1,701 yards and 29 touchdowns.

A dual-threat player under center, Rascoe has also run for 182 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Rascoe’s primary target is Dexter Geohagan. Geohagan has logged 550 yards and 12 touchdowns on 31 catches.

DJ Barber has also played a pivotal role at wideout. Barber has registered 20 receptions, good for 348 yards and four touchdowns.

Josh Nephew and Elijah Parks have combined for 457 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

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