North Stars dump Watertown, 47-17, to win season opener

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Plattsburgh North Stars' Hunter Nunes-Wales looks to complete a catch during an Empire Football League game against the Watertown Red and Black Saturday at Melissa L. Penfield Park in Plattsburgh.

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars put their dynamic offense on full display Saturday at Melissa L. Penfield Park.

The North Stars rolled up 385 yards, while four different players found the end zone, in Plattsburgh’s 47-17 win over Watertown in Empire Football League play.

The North Stars scored 20 unanswered points to build a 27-7 lead before halftime, and they put the Red and Black away with a pair of scores in the fourth quarter.

“My philosophy is that offense is best when it’s balanced,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. “If you can find that sweet spot between the run and the pass, then you’re in a good place.”

The North Stars received three touchdowns from players making their debut with the team.

Hunter Nunes-Wales scored on catches of 59 and 32 yards, and Zach Raymond gave Plattsburgh the lead for good with a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

Tre Bucci recorded touchdown catches of 43 and 9 yards, and Brandon Sawyer reached pay dirt on runs of 14 and 6 yards.

Sawyer had a game-high 123 yards on 16 attempts.

“We’ve got a couple of weapons here and there, and we were able to utilize everybody to their best ability (Saturday),” Aguglia said.

The North Stars held Watertown to 39 rushing yards in the first half, and Watertown missed field goal tries when it was down 7-0 and 14-7.

The Red and Black didn’t cross the goal line for a second time until there was 4:41 remaining.

“Our front-seven is very experienced, and I think we relied a lot on that (in) the first game of the year,” Aguglia said. “To have some veterans on the defensive line was certainly helpful, especially against a team that likes to try to run the football.”

Plattsburgh will travel to Utica and face the Mohawk Valley NightHawks on Saturday.

The NightHawks posted a 36-14 win over the Charlotte Colonials in non-league play.

“Last year, they had a pretty dynamic running game, and I expect to see the same thing,” Aguglia said. “What I’m hearing is that they have a lot of the same fellas playing.”

Plattsburgh 47, Watertown 17

Watertown 7 0 3 7 — 17

Plattsburgh 7 20 7 13 — 47

First quarter

P- Nunes-Wales 59 pass from Rascoe (Montanaro kick), 12:24.

W- Furr 93 pass from Hendricks (#14 kick), 3:10.

Second quarter

P- Raymond 3 run (Montanaro kick), 13:58.

P- Bucci 43 pass from Rascoe (Montanaro kick), 2:37.

P- Nunes-Wales 32 pass from Rascoe (kick failed), 0:21.

Third quarter

W- Beyler 24 field goal, 7:41.

P- Sawyer 14 run (Montanaro kick), 4:52.

Fourth quarter

P- Bucci 9 pass from Rascoe (Montanaro kick), 10:41.

W- Smith 5 run (Beyler kick), 4:41.

P- Sawyer 6 run (kick missed), 0:51.

Individual statistics

Rushing

W- O’Quin 1-4; Team 2-(-14); #14 1-(-4); Brennan 9-7; Hendricks 8-83; Williams 5-40; Queior 1-9; Smith 8-29, TD; Graves 1-0. Totals: 36-154, TD.

P- Sawyer 16-123, 2TD; St. John 1-3; Rascoe 1-4; Raymond 4-40, TD; Nunes-Wales 3-26; Team 1-(-4). Totals: 26-192, 3TD.

Passing

W- Hendricks 9-21-1-180, TD; Graves 2-2-0-9. Totals: 11-23-1-189, TD.

P- Rascoe 10-23-1-193, 4TD.

Receiving

W- Williams 1-8; Smith 1-17; Weaver 1-7; Tross 1-10; Furr 2-113, TD; Brennan 1-2; Queior 4-32.

P- Nunes-Wales 2-91, 2TD; Bouyea 3-32; Sawyer 1-8; Bucci 4-62, 2TD.

Interceptions

W- Hill.

P- Rasco.

Sacks

P- Oakes.

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Ricky St. Clair has been the sports editor at the Press-Republican since 2016. He's a State University of New York College at Plattsburgh alumnus.