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Seaford seeks playoff wins this season

Seaford's Kyle Kolodinsky intercepts the ball and runs

Seaford's Kyle Kolodinsky intercepts the ball and runs for a 40-yard gain against Valley Stream North. (Nov. 17, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Seaford coach Rob Perpall wasn’t too pleased with the way his football team was practicing Wednesday morning, so he sent his players home early, saying he wanted to see "more enthusiasm" in the later practice.

"Be good, or be gone," said the 16th-year coach. “We don’t give up, we get better."

The Vikings, seeded third in the preseason Nassau Conference IV rankings, are leaning on senior offensive and defensive tackle James O’Hagan (6-2, 290 pounds) to be the driving force behind the team’s success.

O’Hagan, who was part of Seaford’s fourth consecutive county championship as a freshman in 2010, remembers Perpall wanting to see more enthusiasm back then. The All-County and second-team All-Long Island lineman understands he must set a positive example, both on and off the field.

"I’m looking to improve my technique and my leadership skills," O’Hagan said. "I want to win playoffs. I want to make sure we win the county title. We must turn up the tempo. It’s a fast-playing sport. We got to have a high motor."

Kyle Kolodinsky (6-1, 195) is making the transition from wide receiver to running back this season.

"We’re not as big [as some of the other teams], but everyone is stepping up, which is good," said Kolodinsky, who also plays defensive back. "We’re focusing on getting in shape and working on our speed. We’re ready for the season, coming in strong. We want to be strong for the second half."


Tags: football , seaford , james o'hagan , kyle kolodinsky , rob perpall

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