PLATTSBURGH — The thought of opening up the Plattsburgh North Stars’ offense puts a smile on head coach Scott Aguglia’s face.
Last Saturday, quarterback Harry Rascoe passed for 202 yards, including two touchdowns, and a sure-handed receiving corps, with Nick O’Meara leading the way with two touchdown receptions, caught everything in sight.
Add in a defense that bent, but didn’t break and the result was a solid 45-12 home win over the Montreal Voyageurs in Empire Football League play at the Plattsburgh Athletic Complex.
“It was hard to find many mistakes,” Aguglia said. “We did take a look at our kickoff coverage team and will make a few adjustments there.
“We didn’t give up any big plays on defense. When that happens, we can play with anyone.”
Aguglia is hoping for another strong effort today when the North Stars (2-1, 1-1) take to the road for a league battle with the Glens Falls Greenjackets. It will be a rare 5:30 p.m. starting time for the game being played at Glens Falls High School.
“Absolutely, the coaches and players feel good about last week,” Aguglia said. “We had a good practice on Tuesday and it’s full speed ahead.”
Glens Falls is one of seven teams tied in the standings with 1-1 records. The Greenjackets lost to Albany in their season opener but recorded a 14-0 win over Amsterdam this past weekend.
“We have a little bit of a rivalry with them,” Aguglia said. “They’re not going to throw anything against us that we haven’t seen. They’re more of a conservative team.
“They like to run the football and have a couple of good athletes at receiver. Defensively, they are pretty strong, especially against the run.”
The EFL standings, after just two weeks, show just how balanced the league is.
Albany is in first place with a 2-0 record, while Amsterdam is at the bottom of the standings at 0-2. Everyone else is 1-1.
“I knew going in the league would be competitive,” Aguglia said. “And one loss isn’t going to knock you out of contention. Hopefully, we had our one loss in our first league game.”
This is officially the first road trip for the North Stars. They were on the road to play the Vermont Ice Storm in the first week of the regular season, but that was just across the pond.
“This is our first bus ride of the season,” Aguglia said. “But Glens Falls isn’t that far. We should be fine.”