SCHENECTADY — The Plattsburgh North Stars were dealt their first loss of the season with a 13-7 setback to the Tri-City Spartans.
The North Stars had a last-second pass get intercepted in the end zone to seal their fate in Empire Football League play Saturday at Schenectady High School.
“It was pretty frantic there at the end, but it was a really close football game,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. “It was a back-and-forth battle, and it was a good defensive football game.”
The North Stars (4-1) had to dig themselves out of a 13-0 hole and didn't score until midway through the fourth quarter.
Plattsburgh's lone touchdown was scored with about six minutes left by Zach Raymond on an 18-yard pass from Harry Rascoe.
Thomas Montanaro tacked on the PAT.
The Spartans' (5-0) Elliot Lawrence broke free for a 55-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
Tri-City opened scoring with about 39 seconds left in the first half with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kireme Pitts.
Up next, the North Stars will face the Watertown Red and Black at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown.
Plattsburgh won the previous matchup, 47-17.
“We battled hard, and I'm proud of the guys,” Aguglia said. “It was two really good football teams playing a tough, hard-fought football game.
“We're in good shape and ready to charge forward into the next half (of the season)."
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