In their inaugural season with the EFL, the Monroe Counter Sting of Rochester won the 2012 EFL Championship in a 38-22 win over the Plattsburgh North Stars this past Saturday night.
The Plattsburgh North Stars (10-3, 9-2) were unable to cut into a 16-point differential, in a game that featured the Sting (10-3, 8-3) getting the better of second-half scoring 30-15.
Plattsburgh opened the game’s scoring when Harry Rascoe found Jamil McCray in the back of the end zone for a 32-yard score at 10:01 of the opening. McCray’s reception marked the lone score registered in the first quarter.
Sting quarterback, Doby Howard ran a bootleg to the far sideline on a 4-yard scamper. Jay Wingate ran in the following two-point conversion, putting Monroe County up 8-7 at the half. The North Stars answered with only 10 yards of rushing in the first half to go along with 77 yards of total offense.
Monroe County utilized its sideline-to-sideline quickness when Bernard Williams snatched a 20-yard reception with just 2:43 in the third period.
Before Plattsburgh could respond with a 31-yard touchdown reception from Kevin Gibson, the Sting answered when Brent McGill broke an electrifying 49-yard run down the far sideline to go up 22-14.
Rascoe answered with a touchdown of his own on the first play of the fourth quarter, and hit Jordon Keleher on the ensuing two-point conversion to tie the game at 22.
The Sting established a running game late and controlled a majority of possession in the final 14 minutes of play, eating a significant amount of time off the clock.
McGill concluded a 59-yard scoring drive with a 9-yard score before Derek Davis caught a pass to extend the contest to a two-possession game.
Monroe County 38, Plattsburgh 22
Plattsburgh - McCray 32 pass from Rascoe (White kick), 10:01.
Monroe - Howard 4 run (Wingate run), 13:54.
Monroe - Williams 20 pass from Howard (Wingate from Howard), 2:43.
Plattsburgh - Gibson 31 pass from Rascoe (White kick), 4:46.
Monroe - McGill 49 run, (run failed) 7:15.
Plattsburgh - Rascoe 1 run (Keleher from Rascoe), 0:07.
Monroe - McGill 9 run (Wingate run), 3:36.
Monroe - Davis 4 pass from Howard (Gibson run), 10:48.
Monroe - McGill 8-115, 2 TD; Wingate 4-21; Davis 1-9; Gibson 4-8; Short 4-8; Gano 2-6; Howard 3-2, TD; Taige 6-(-5). Team totals: 32-164, 3 TD.
Plattsburgh - Rascoe 7-62, TD; McCray 3-12; Parks 4-7; Nephew 3-5; Dubuc 1-(-18). Team totals: 18-68, TD.
Monroe - Howard 15-28-0-204, 2 TD.
Plattsburgh - Rascoe 11-29-2-167, 2 TD.
Monroe - Davis 6-106, TD; Williams 4-72, TD; Crumity 2-31; Gibson 1-13; Gano 2-(-1).
Plattsburgh - McCray 5-83, TD. Gibson 2-37, TD; Price 2-30; Keleher 2-17.
Monroe - West, Gano.
Plattsburgh - Staley 2.
The EFL is also proud to announce the following All Star Selections for 2012: