North Stars improve to 2-0 with 33-25 win over Mohawk Valley

WATERVILLE — Road victories are not always easy to come by, but the Plattsburgh North Stars had no problem grabbing their second win of the season Saturday.

Led by four passing touchdowns and one rushing score from Harry Rascoe, the North Stars (2-0) collected a 33-25 win against the Mohawk Valley NightHawks (0-1) in Empire Football League action at Waterville High School.

Plattsburgh dealt with some adversity against the NightHawks, including having to play with just 31 players and enduring a weather delay of nearly an hour after thunderstorms rolled through the area, but the North Stars managed to jump out to a fast start and held on late.

"It's nice to be sitting at 2-0," Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. "Last year at this time, we were 0-2 and had suffered two tough losses.

"We took care of business on the road in this one, and now we have to look forward to the rest of the first half of the season. I feel we are in a much better spot this year compared to last."

Rascoe connected with Tre Bucci for touchdown passes of 17 and 25 yards to allow the North Stars to jump out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.

Following a successful field-goal attempt from Mohawk Valley, Rascoe scored on a 3-yard rush to provide Plattsburgh with a 20-3 lead, which stood at halftime.

"It was interesting because we came out from the opening whistle strong," Aguglia said. "We then had to deal with the delay between the first and second quarters when we were really rolling.

"We had an abbreviated halftime to make up for the time we lost during the delay, and I would have really liked to have a little bit more of time, but you have to acclimate to the situation that you are given. It got a little interesting in the second half, but we stuck together and took care of business."

The North Stars and NightHawks exchanged scoring plays in the second half.

DJ Barber hauled in a 35-yard touchdown catch, while Zachary Raymond found the end zone on a 23-yard passing play from Rascoe.

Ron Pierce accounted for two touchdowns to boost the Mohawk Valley offense, while Jvon Evans added one rushing score.

Plattsburgh had seen Pierce and Evans as members of the Utica Yard Dogs last season.

"Looking back at our plan to start the game and us trying to figure out what they had and would do, we were kind of right," Aguglia said. "They still have two good running backs in Jvon Evans and Ron Pierce. They are both real good football players, and they like to sweep the ball wide a lot.

"Overall, this was a great win, though. Harry was really accurate, and the offensive line did a really good job protecting him. We got the passing game going early, but the running game was very complimentary. Zachary Raymond and Brandon Sawyer ran hard and had some good carries that allowed us to balance our offense."

The North Stars were originally slated to play at home against the Seaway Valley Venom next weekend, but the Venom have folded, giving Plattsburgh a bye.

The North Stars return to action Saturday, Aug. 3, when they host the Glens Falls Green Jackets at Melissa L. Penfield Park.

"We could use a week off," Aguglia said. "We are a little banged up. We have a few minor injuries that are not too serious, but we definitely could use the rest.

"The good thing is we are clicking right now, and hopefully, we can improve on that."

Plattsburgh 33, Mohawk Valley 25

Plattsburgh 13 7 6 7 — 33

Mohawk Valley 3 0 8 14 — 25

First quarter

P- Bucci 17 pass from Rascoe (kick blocked).

P- Bucci 25 pass from Rascoe (Montanaro kick).

MV- Field goal.

Second quarter

P- Rascoe 3 run (Montanaro kick).

Third quarter

MV- Evans rush (conversion successful).

P- Barber 35 pass from Rascoe (kick failed).

Fourth quarter

MV- Pierce touchdown catch (extra point successful).

P- Raymond 23 pass from Rascoe (Montanaro kick).

MV- Pierce touchdown rush (kick good).

Interceptions: Barber (P), Nunes-Wales (P).

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