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North Stars top Red & Black in EFL semifinals, 20-13

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PLATTSBURGH — A season full of close, dramatic games ended in a fitting fashion for the Watertown Red and Black on Saturday night.

Plattsburgh quarterback Harry Rascoe threw his third touchdown pass of the game with just over four minutes left, capping off a nine-minute, 86-yard drive to give the North Stars a 20-13 victory over Watertown in the Empire Football League semifinals at Plattsburgh High School.

“This was a tough one to lose,” Red and Black coach George Ashcraft said.

Red and Black quarterback Brian Williams, who ran for two touchdowns and a team-high 96 yards, was stopped a yard short of picking up the first down on a 4th-and-2 run around midfield with just under three minutes left.

Top-seed Plattsburgh (9-2) then ran out the clock to advance to Saturday’s title game, where it will host No. 3 Monroe County (8-3).

Williams scored on a one-yard touchdown run on the last play of the second quarter for Watertown (8-4). The extra point was blocked to give Plattsburgh a 7-6 halftime lead.

Williams then broke loose for a 60-yard score on the second play of the third quarter to give Watertown its first lead of the game.

Rascoe responded with a nine-yard TD pass to Andrew Price to tie the game at 13 apiece after a failed extra-point try near the end of the third quarter.

C.J. Stevens and Shawn Davis each had a key interception near the goal line in the second quarter for the Red and Black, both of which ended promising Plattsburgh drives and kept Watertown within a touchdown.

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