October 5, 2013

North Stars meet Greenjackets in EFL semifinal matchup


Plattsburgh has accumulated 369 plays from scrimmage in 2013. With Aguglia’s customary balanced attack, the North Stars have thrown the ball 54 percent of the time.

“Balance is absolutely the key,” Aguglia said. “The 54-46 split is exactly the way I want it to be as a play caller. You never know when the pass is coming, and we’re in better shape that way. If it’s 70-30 in one way or another, there is an element of predictability.”

The North Stars’ defense has held their opponents to 16 points or less in five of eight games played, surrendering 150 points all season.

The Plattsburgh defense is anchored by former Peru standout Jason Remillard. Remillard has 63 total tackles and three interceptions.

Cody Kirlew commands the linebacker corps, picking up 51 tackles on the year, while Craig Livsey (33 tackles), Greg Archer (20 tackles) and Dave Staley (20 tackles) have stood strong on the defensive front.

Like Remillard, Brandon St. John has been a force in the secondary with four interceptions.

In the second of two semifinals games, the North East Pennsylvania (NEPA) Miners and the Syracuse Shock will face off for the third time at Scranton Memorial Stadium in Pennsylvania for 7 p.m.

The Miners picked up a monumental come-from-behind win, outlasting the Shock in Scranton Aug. 3, 22-20. Syracuse, however, evened the score in a hard-fought 28-20 win in Onondaga County Sept. 14, 28-20.

The EFL championship game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed Oct. 12.

The league announced this week that the EFL champion will challenge the New England Football League (NEFL) title holder in Glens Falls at East Field Nov. 2.

“The bottom line is — we just have to play together as a team with as much discipline as we can muster,” Aguglia said. “We have to be very physical, too.

“We’d like to reach the championship and eventually meet the NEFL representative. It’s the first time they’ve done something like that. It’s a good opportunity to showcase the EFL, get outside the league and see some different competition.”

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