North Stars to host Greenjackets in Mayor's Cup showdown

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Plattsburgh North Stars' Zachary Raymond (15) tries to shake a tackle from a Watertown defender during an Empire Football League game July 13 at Melissa L. Penfield Park in Plattsburgh. The North Stars host the Glens Falls Greenjackets at 7 p.m. Saturday.

PLATTSBURGH — A rivalry will be renewed Saturday at Melissa L. Penfield Park.

The Plattsburgh North Stars (3-0) host longtime Empire Football League foe Glens Falls (2-1) at 7 p.m.

The North Stars sit tied atop the EFL standings with Tri-City and are hoping to continue their early-season momentum.

“We have come together quickly,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. “It has been nice to start the season out so strongly. The guys feel real good about the start we have had, but we know we have to keep grinding and take it one game at a time.”

The Greenjackets registered a 32-14 win against Watertown last weekend after losing to Tri-City to open the season and collecting a forfeit win against Seaway Valley.

Aguglia said the North Stars plan to have a watchful eye on running backs Tony DeLoatch and Quentin Austin as well as quarterback Jonathan Hammond.

“They are a good, solid football team,” Aguglia said. “Glens Falls always fields a good football team. I expect them to feature a tough running game. They are going to have a couple of running backs we are familiar with.

“They have a great quarterback as well, and we expect to see a strong, solid defense.”

Plattsburgh has not played in two weeks after losing a game on its schedule because Seaway Valley folded.

The North Stars did receive a forfeit win due to the Venom ending their season early, and the team has benefited from the week off.

“We definitely benefited from the rest,” Aguglia said. “We had a few nagging injuries here and there, but the extra week off certainly helped.”

Aguglia acknowledged Plattsburgh has no injuries that would prohibit any member of the North Stars from suiting up.

The North Stars have notched wins against Watertown and Mohawk Valley.

Aguglia noted how the Plattsburgh coaching staff took scenarios from those matchups and applied them to practices leading up to the team’s showdown with Glens Falls.

“In practice, we actually addressed some issues we found following the first couple games,” Aguglia said. “We were able to address them and make a few changes here and there, and that extra week we had off helped with that.

“We know what we have been doing well, and we just want to be able to continue doing that. We did have the week off, so we wanted to make sure we had plenty of reps. We didn’t want to have any rust against Glens Falls.”

Following their game against the Greenjackets, the North Stars have back-to-back road contests against Tri-City and Watertown the next two weeks.

Addressing how Plattsburgh plans to attack the middle of its schedule, Aguglia said the North Stars will take everything one step at a time and continue to rely on their veterans.

“Veteran leadership is worth gold when talking about a football team,” he said. “The veterans have kind of kept the guys settled and helped echo the messages coming from the coaching staff.

“It’s a good mix of guys this year. The newer guys are really listening to the coaches and veterans, and having that leadership is going to only help us moving forward.”

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ALL-TIME RESULTS

Plattsburgh leads series, 24-16

Aug. 24, 1991 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets L 14-13

Sept. 14, 1991 at Glens Falls Greenjackets L 29-13

Oct. 5, 1991 at Glens Falls Greenjackets W 7-3

Sept. 5, 1992 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 13-3

Sept. 26, 1992 at Glens Falls Greenjackets W 14-13

Sept. 4, 1993 at Hudson Falls Greenjackets L 13-6

Sept. 25, 1993 vs. Hudson Falls Greenjackets W 30-14

July 9, 1994 vs. Hudson Falls Greenjackets W 12-9

Jul. 23, 1994 vs. Hudson Falls Greenjackets W 23-22

Sept. 17, 1994 vs. Hudson Falls Greenjackets W 15-0

Aug. 5, 1995 at Hudson Falls Greenjackets W 33-20

August 17, 1996 vs. Hudson Falls Greenjackets W 27-0

Sept. 21, 1996 at Hudson Falls Greenjackets W 42-20

Sept. 6, 1997 vs. Hudson Falls Greenjackets L 18-12

Jul. 25, 1998 at Glens Falls Greenjackets L 54-0

Aug. 7, 1999 at Glens Falls Greenjackets L 14-6

Sept. 18, 1999 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets L 39-0

Jul. 22, 2000 at Glens Falls Greenjackets W 27-18

August 12, 2000 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets L 21-7

Jul. 21, 2001 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 21-17

August 25, 2001 at Glens Falls Greenjackets L 25-21

Jun. 29, 2002 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets L 25-0

Aug. 14, 2004 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets L 25-7

Sept. 25, 2004 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets* L 21-7

Jun. 30, 2007 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets L 21-14

Aug. 6, 2011 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 22-0

Sept. 24, 2011 at Glens Falls Greenjackets W 31-13

July 28, 2012 at Glens Falls Greenjackets W 34-22

July 20, 2013 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 64-7

Sept. 14, 2013 at Glens Falls Greenjackets W 46-24

October 5, 2013 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 28-20

July 26, 2014 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 34-0

Sept. 6, 2014 at Glens Falls Greenjackets W 35-20

Sept. 27, 2014 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 54-13

Aug. 1, 2015 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 20-10

August 22, 2015 at Glens Falls Greenjackets L 21-0

July 30, 2016 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets L 20-6

Sept. 24, 2016 at Glens Falls Greenjackets L 28-0

July 28, 2018 vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets W 50-0

Sept. 7, 2018 at Glens Falls Greenjackets W 37-6

*Designated away team

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