Going into Saturday night's game, the unbeaten Syracuse Shock had outscored their opponents, 288-48.

The Plattsburgh North Stars, however, didn't allow the Shock to improve on those statistics.

Syracuse needed a fourth-quarter touchdown to pull out a 27-21 victory over the game North Stars in Empire Football League play.

"Without a question, that's the most points they have given up in a game this season," North Stars head coach Pat Keleher said. "I'm very proud of the guys.

"They're a great team and have way more speed than we do. But, we battled them both offensively and defensively. We played a great game."

Plattsburgh tied the game, at 21-all, in the fourth quarter when Harry Rascoe returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.

But, Syracuse regained the lead a little later.

"They had a heck of a touchdown pass to take the lead again," Keleher said.

"We had one last chance and drove the ball as far as midfield. But, we had to go for it with time running down and turned the ball over on downs. They then killed off the remaining time."

The game didn't start out well for the North Stars, however, who fell behind 14-0.

"They returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown," Keleher said. "Then, we were three-and-out.

"They then punched another in to take a 14-0 lead, with the help of three personal fouls on us that gave them three first downs."

But, the North Stars got their act together when Zach Blocker rushed for a touchdown from 11 yards out in the second quarter and Mitch Ryder added the point after to make it a 14-7 contest.

The Shock had an answer for the North Stars' score with a touchdown pass to make it 21-7 before Blocker tallied his second touchdown of the night, this time from 13 yards out.

Ryder's extra point pulled the North Stars to within 21-14 at the half.

"We were able to drive the ball down the field at the end of the first half and Ryder was short on a 53-yard field goal attempt," Keleher said.

The score stayed 21-14 until Rascoe pulled the North Stars even.

"We went toe-to-toe with them," Keleher said. "I'm never happy with a loss, but I am happy with our effort tonight. The guys left everything on the field.

"They had a very good kicker and both Jay Mahl and Jordan Keleher did a great job on kickoff returns. When we got the ball, we were always past the 30. And, Kenny Stay threw the ball pretty well for us because we had to put it in the air."

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