Sunday, August 16, 2009

North Stars crush Silver and Black

Published August 16, 2009 12:54 am - The Plattsburgh North Stars compiled 422 yards on offense in a 40-6 blowout victory over Massena Saturday night at Plattsburgh High School and remain undefeated in league play.

North Stars crush Silver and Black

Staff Writer

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars compiled 422 yards on offense in a 40-6 blowout victory over Massena Saturday night at Plattsburgh High School.

The win, along with last weekend's 40-0 road victory over the Silver and Black, improves the Stars to 6-0 in Empire Football League play and 8-0 overall.

"Well, I can say, it's the first time we've been 8-0 since I've been here," Plattsburgh head coach Pat Keleher said. "That's pretty exciting."

Stars quarterback Ken Stay completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 211 yards in Saturday's game, including a 60-yard touchdown strike to Kelly Gordon. Stay and Gordon continued to show good chemistry, connecting for 105 yards through the air.

Stay also scored the game's first touchdown on a quarterback keeper.

Brandon Keleher had a big night for Plattsburgh, scoring on a 60-yard run and tallying 127 yards on the ground. He also found the end zone on a 3-yard rush.

Fellow halfback Zach Blocker gained 78 rushing yards and scored for Plattsburgh, as well.

"We have a real good group of fullbacks between Kyle (Nolan), Elija (Parks) and James Blocker," Keleher said. "Elija made some textbook blocks tonight that set off some big gains."

Zach Blocker and Jordan Keleher brought back a handful of big kickoff and punt returns, as they've been doing all season long.

"Zach and Jordan do such a good job of setting up the offense and demoralizing the other team with field position," Keleher said.

Unfortunately, Plattsburgh was unable to capitalize on two of those big returns because of false start, illegal shift and holding penalties. On one drive, the Stars started a series in the red zone and found themselves first-and-30 a minute later.

Massena scored its only touchdown on a 49-yard fumble recovery return by Daniel Colbert.

Nolan recorded the game's final points on a 2-yard run and Brandon St. John made the last meaningful play with Plattsburgh's only interception late in the fourth quarter.

The Stars travel to Watertown next weekend to face the Red and Black in a battle of EFL heavyweights. Bragging rights, as well as possible home field advantage in the pla yoffs will be on the line.

"We're going to go into Watertown like it's a playoff game," Keleher said.

Plattsburgh 40, Massena 6

Massena     0 6 0 0—6

Plattsburgh 7 13 13 7—40

Scoring summary
First quarter
P- Stay 3 run (Ryder kick), 5:44.

Second quarter
P- B. Keleher 55 run (PAT no good), 5:42.
P- Stay 60 pass to Gordon (Ryder kick), 10:49.
M- Colbert 49 fumble recovery (PAT no good), 14:02.

Third quarter
P- B. Keleher 3 run (PAT no good), 11:56.
P- Blocker 7 run (Ryder kick), 3:22.

Fourth quarter
P- Nolan 2 run (Ryder kick), 11:58.

Individual statistics
Plattsburgh- B. Keleher 11-127 2 TDs, Z. Blocker 12-78 TD, Nolan 4-18 TD, Stay 2-7 TD, Parks 2-15.
Massena- Compeau 8-22, Lamb 2-2, Deon 7-37, Mason 3-(-14), Hirshey 1(-9).

Plattsburgh- Stay 12-22-211-1-2.
Massena- Mason 6-13-80-0-1.

Plattsburgh- B. Keleher 1-14, Parks 1-7, 2-31, Gordon 4-105 TD, Fish 2-39, J. Keleher 2-15.
Massena- Hirshey 2-17, James 2-14, Sinclair 1-8, Compeau 1-42.

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