North Stars edge Greenjackets, 28-27, to retain Mayor's Cup

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Plattsburgh's Zach Raymond (15) looks to avoid a tackle from a lunging Glens Falls defender during an Empire Football League game Saturday at Melissa L. Penfield Park in Plattsburgh.

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars overcame a 27-13 deficit with 15 unanswered points in the third quarter to edge the Glens Falls Greenjackets, 28-27, and retain the Mayor's Cup trophy Saturday at Melissa L. Penfield Park.

Tre Bucci's 15-yard touchdown reception with 4:51 left in the third quarter tied the game at 27-all, and Thomas Montanaro's successful PAT gave the North Stars the lead for keeps.

Plattsburgh overcame six first-half turnovers to remain unbeaten at 4-0 in Empire Football League play.

“We just all kept saying, 'We gotta just keep playing our game, and we have to just stick with what we know works and eventually things will go our way,' and that's what happened,” North Stars coach Scott Aguglia said. “We went in at halftime, and we just talked about it. We knew we were a better football team than what we showed in the first half, and we came out and tried to reverse what we did in the first half, and I think we got our stuff together and played a much better second half.”

The Greenjackets (2-2) missed a potential go-ahead field goal from 35 yards out early in the fourth quarter, and Plattsburgh's defense, which allowed 104 yards on the ground in the first half, created two takeaways in the second half.

Zachary Rottier recorded a game-clinching interception with less than a minute remaining.

“We definitely made some defensive adjustments along the way,” Aguglia said. “There were a few things that we changed at halftime, and then there were things we even changed throughout the third quarter. We moved some personnel around. We tried a few different schemes, and it ended up slowing them down for sure.”

Aguglia said priority number one was keeping the Mayor's Cup in Plattsburgh.

“It's always nice to come from behind,” Aguglia said. “It's going to build team confidence, I think. I think we learned from some mistakes (Saturday). Hopefully, we don't run into those kind of things again.”

The North Stars will face the Tri-City Spartans Saturday, Aug. 10, in Schenectady.

“Everything I hear about Tri-City or I've seen on film so far is they're a very good running football team, and they play tight defense,” Aguglia said. “I expect more of the same kind of football next weekend.”

Plattsburgh 28, Glens Falls 27

Glens Falls 0 20 7 0 — 27

Plattsburgh 6 7 15 0 — 28

First quarter

P- Raymond 38 run (kick failed), 8:20.

Second quarter

G- Hammond 7 run (Willett kick), 14:52.

G- Deloatch 2 run (Willett kick), 6:41.

G- T. Brown 73 interception return (kick missed), 4:45.

P- Bucci 44 pass from Rascoe (Montanaro kick), 3:32.

Third quarter

G- Austin 60 run (Willett kick), 11:48.

P- Sawyer 3 run (Nunes-Wales pass from Rascoe), 6:26.

P- Bucci 15 pass from Rascoe (Montanaro kick), 4:51.

Individual statistics

Rushing

G- Austin 21-175, TD; Deloatch 12-44, TD; Hammond 6-23, TD; Gregory 1-2; Team 2-(-1). Totals: 42-243, 3TD.

P- Raymond 10-86, TD; Sawyer 15-32, TD; Nunes-Wales 3-10; Team 1-(-1). Totals: 29-127, TD.

Passing

G- Hammond 4-10-1-30.

P- Rascoe 6-14-5-70, 2TD.

Receiving

G- Steele 1-12; Prosser 1-10; Boodman 1-9; Austin 1-(-1).

P- Bucci 4-67, 2TD; Nunes-Wales 1-4; Sawyer 1-(-1).

Interceptions

G- Anthony, Velazquez, #30, Brown 2.

P- Rottier.

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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.