PLATTSBURGH — There wasn’t much Plattsburgh North Stars coach Scott Aguglia could be upset with Saturday night.
His Plattsburgh North Stars put together a complete game in a 45-12 trouncing of the Montreal Voyageurs in Empire Football League play at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex.
The North Stars (2-1, 1-1) bolted out to a 31-12 lead at the half and never looked back.
Offensively, quarterback Harry Rascoe passed for 202 yards, threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, while Nick O’Meara caught two touchdown passes.
Defensively, Cody Kirlew had a combined 10 tackles and an interception, Kris Ross five tackles and a long interception return to set up a score, and Brandon St. John a 52-yard interception return for the North Stars’ final touchdown.
Voyageurs’ quarterback Mathieu Rene completed 28-of-45 passing for 288 yards. But he was intercepted four times.
“We fixed a lot of mistakes from our last game and were much more disciplined (Saturday),” Aguglia said.
“We played well on both sides of the ball and played well in all aspects of the game. We could, however, use a little more work on our special teams.”
Rascoe had an efficient night, connecting on 14-of-24 through the air for 202 yards and, more importantly, no interceptions. He used seven receivers in all and there were no dropped passes by the sure-handed group. Rascoe also did a good job buying time to find his receivers.
“They came into the game expecting us to run the ball and were able to contain our running game,” Aguglia said. “But we did a lot of play action and were effective throwing the ball.”
The North Stars also got a big kick out of Evan White, who was good on all six of his extra-point attempts and added a 33-yard field goal.
Plattsburgh jumped out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead when O’Meara caught a 13-yard scoring pass from Rascoe, White nailed his field goal and Rascoe a 20-yard scoring run.
Elijah Parks added touchdown runs of two yards and one yard in the second quarter. The second was set up by a nice 21-yard hook-up from Rascoe to Jamil McCray, which took the ball to the 1-yard line.
Montreal’s two touchdowns came in the second quarter when Rene found Dwayne Martin from 14 yards out and Dave Spence from 10.
Rascoe and O’Meara connected from 14 yards out in the third to make it 38-12 and St. John added the finishing touch with his interception return in the fourth.
The Voyageurs had trouble with their punting game as the North Stars blocked one attempt and two others were botched, setting Plattsburgh up with good field position every time.
The North Stars return to the field this coming Saturday at East Field with a 4 p.m. game against the Glens Falls Greenjackets.
Plattsburgh 45, Montreal 12
Montreal 0 12 0 0 — 12
Plattsburgh 17 14 7 7 — 45
P- O’Meara 13 pass from Rascoe (White kick), 3:48.
P- White 33 field goal, 9:35.
P- Rascoe 20 run (White kick), 12:28.
M- Martin 14 pass from Rene (kick wide), 0:06.
P- Parks 2 run (White kick), 4:13.
M- Spence 10 pass from Rene (pass failed), 9:41.
P- Parks 1 run (White kick), 12:44.
P- O’Meara 14 pass from Rascoe (White kick), 12:01.
P- St. John 52 interception return (White kick), 1:55.
M- Blevings, 3-6; Watson, 2-4; Gerville, 3-3; Leger, 1-3; Davis, 1-(-1); Rene, 3-(-14). Totals: 13-1.
P- Karnley, 6-24; Rascoe, 2-21, TD; Nephew, 1-18; Parks, 4-1, 2 TDs; Hyde, 6-(-2). Totals: 19-62, 3 TDs.
M- Rene, 28-45-288-4
P- Rascoe, 14-24-202-0, 2 TDs.
M- Martin, 6-65, TD; Thomas, 6-64; Fontin, 6-64; Bruno, 5-51; Spence, 3-23, TD; Blevings, 1-15; Gerville, 1-6.
P- Price, 2-45; Gibson, 2-43; O’Meara, 3-37, 2 TDs; McCray, 3-35; Keleher, 2-21; Parks, 1-11; Nephew, 1-10.
P- Kirlew; Passino; Ross; St. John.