PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars’ two-game winning streak is over.
After a valiant effort to overcome a 24-14 deficit — they took the lead for a while — the North Stars fell to the Monroe County Sting, 38-36, in Empire Football League action at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex Saturday.
Trailing for most of the game, Plattsburgh was able to secure the lead on two separate occasions in the second half.
Jamil McCray took an inside handoff and rushed 45 yards to give the North Stars their first lead, 30-24, with 4:17 left in the third quarter.
Plattsburgh took the lead again when quarterback Harry Rascoe took off running and rushed 39 yards for a touchdown for a 36-30 lead with 8:46 remaining in the game.
But no matter how many times the North Stars scored, the Sting would return the favor.
Needing seven plays, Monroe County marched 61 yards in five minutes, capped by Brent McGill’s 1-yard touchdown plow up the middle to tie the game at 36.
The Sting had the misfortune of not having a kicker present at the game.
On their previous scores, Monroe County had gone for two and came up unsuccessful on all attempts.
On their final attempt, however, the Sting found the end zone and took the lead for good, 38-36.
“I think they certainly have the athletes,” Plattsburgh coach Scott Aguglia said. “We weren’t particularly great at wrapping up and tackling.
“We mad some adjustments that worked well in the third quarter. But when they spread us out and went athlete-against-athlete, they did a good job at getting the matchups that they wanted.”
The Sting needed just two plays in the first quarter to score 18 points.
After a fumble by the North Stars on the opening possession, Saucobie Riley caught a 7-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring.
Plattsburgh went up 7-6 on Andrew Price’s 29-yard touchdown from Rascoe, but Monroe County followed that up with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Williams on the very next play.
Brent McGill capped the quarter with a 51-yard touchdown return of a Rascoe interception.
“They did a good job at putting pressure on Harry all night,” Aguglia said. “I don’t think he had a real lane to see through. But I think he’d like to have at least one or two of those throws back.”
Rascoe finished the night with 110 yards passing on eight completions.
The North Stars could have been out of the game at the end of the half.
With a 24-14 lead the Sting found themselves on Plattsburgh’s six-yard line. Defensive end Kevin Gibson, though, got the North Stars right back in the game with a sack and fumble recovery, which Gibson returned 90 yards for a score.
McCray led the way for Plattsburgh on the ground with 81 yards. Rascoe chipped in with 61.
Price hauled in three catches for 55 yards to pace the receiving corps.
McGill compiled 71 yards on the ground for Monroe County, while Kimani Gibson chipped in with 40.
Williams caught three balls for 118 yards, and Davis finished with seven catches for 102 yards.
Plattsburgh will look to get back on the winning track when it visits the Albany Metro Mallers next Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. game at Bleeker Stadium.
“We need to practice better in order to be ready to play Albany on Saturday,” Aguglia said.
Monroe County 38, Plattsburgh 36
Monroe County 18 6 0 14 — 38
Plattsburgh 7 13 10 6 — 36
MC- Riley 7 pass (run failed), 1:43.
P- Price 29 pass from Rascoe (White kick), 4:52.
MC- Williams 44 pass (pass failed), 5:37.
MC- McGill 51 interception return (pass failed), 14:15.
P- Rascoe 3 run (White kick), 8:12.
MC- Lanere 1 run (pass failed), 9:50.
P- Gibson 90 fumble recovery (kick failed), 14:56.
P- White 29 FG, 8:08.
P- McCray 45 run (White kick), 10:43.
MC- Davis 25 pass (run failed), 4:04.
P- Rascoe 39 run (kick failed), 6:14.
MC- McGill 1 run (quarterback run), 11:18.
MC- Gibson 6-40, McGill 13-71, TD; Lanere 6-23, TD; Davis 1-4. Totals: 26-138, 2 TD.
P- Nephew 10-30, Parks 2-2; Rascoe 3-61, 2 TD; McCray 3-81, TD. Totals: 18-174. 3 TD.
MC- 14-22-1-240, 3 TD; Williams, 1-1-0-4. Totals: 15-23-1-269, 3 TD.
P- Rascoe 8-19-2-110, TD.
MC- Riley 1-7, TD; Williams, 3-118, TD; Carter 3-38; Davis 7-102, TD; 1-4.
P- Price 3-55, TD; O’Meara 1-22; McCray 1-20; Nephew 1-18; Gibson 1-4; Keleher 1-6.
MC- Gano, McGill.
MC- Carter, Jones, Petricone.
P- Gibson 2, Kirlew.