Sunday, September 07, 2008

EFL Post Game Press Coverage Sept 7; Plattsburgh snaps two-game losing streak

Published September 07, 2008 12:30 am - Plattsburgh snaps two-game losing streak in Empire Football League.

North Stars wallop Massena

Staff Writer

PLATTSBURGH -- When a team's first three touchdowns are a 52-yard pass to the fullback, a 3-yard pass to the team's No. 1 deep threat and a 22-yard run by the quarterback, it means two things.

It has an offense that has a lot of guys doing a lot of different things, and you're playing the Massena Silver and Black.

The Plattsburgh North Stars did both Saturday night, defeating Massena 47-0 at Melissa Penfield Park, and improving their record to 7-2 (5-2) while the Silver and Black fell to 0-7.

"The biggest things I wanted to get out of tonight were getting out of here healthy, and getting back to execution," Head Coach Pat Keleher said. "I don't think that we executed as well as we could have against Vermont and Quebec (the last two games)."

Quarterback Kellen Nolan was 10 for 11 with three touchdown passes and 173 yards in the air.

He also added 52 yards on the ground, including an elusive 22-yard scramble for a score while his teammates yelled "Barry Sanders" from the sideline.

Plattsburgh totaled 496 yards on offense with two rushing scores from Brandon Keleher and one from Nolan.

But the dynamic part about the Stars' offense is its running backs' ability to catch, and Plattsburgh immediately used that to its advantage on the first play of the game when Nolan hit fullback Kyle Nolan for a 52-yard score.

Matt St. Clair caught two touchdown passes, and Kyle Nolan and Heath Geiser each caught one.

Backup quarterback and starting receiver Jordon Keleher tossed one of St. Clair's scores, passing for 63 yards on a six for eight night as signal-caller.

The Silver and Black's offense was virtually limited to James Compeau, who lined up at quarterback but was also the feature runner.

Plattsburgh's Matt Cooney had a huge game in the secondary, picking Compeau off three times, while teammate Tom Brandisi added one of his own.

Kicker Tom Montanaro was also solid for the Stars, going five for seven on extra points.

Plattsburgh will host Ottawa next weekend, travel to Quebec the following week and return home to host Vermont for the regular season closer.

"I told the guys we have to guarantee a playoff spot this week and next week, and if we can beat Quebec or Vermont, we might get a home game in the playoffs," Keleher said. "So we had to take it one week at a time and get back to executing. I thought we did that tonight."

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