You can expect the unexpected when you’re watching a Seaford football game.
The Vikings like to go for it on fourth down a lot, and every kickoff is an onside kick. They took it to another level in Friday night’s Nassau IV semifinal against West Hempstead: The ground-and-pound Vikes took to the air.
Logan Masters twice hit Nick Sylvester for long touchdown passes and also ran for a score as Seaford broke a scoreless tie late in the first half and pulled away for a 28-0 victory at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
“I think we caught them off guard a little bit when we threw because everyone expects we’ll run,” Masters said. “We weren’t getting into a groove, and we needed to.”
“West Hempstead is big and physical and good,” Seaford coach Rob Perpall said. “They were loading up the box and making it hard to run . . . Sometimes it helps that people expect us to be one-dimensional.”
Seaford (8-2) will meet Cold Spring Harbor (8-2) next Friday in the Nassau IV championship game. The Vikings will be in the final for the 10th time and are seeking their ninth county title and third in a row. The Vikings and Seahawks also met in last season’s final, which ended 21-0. CSH took the regular-season meeting, 34-14.
“We like it,” Masters said of the rematch.
Both teams were virtually running in place during almost the entire first half. With two minutes left before halftime, between them, the teams had advanced the ball less than 50 yards and had managed two first downs.
Seaford finally got something going when it took over on its 47 with about 1:20 to play after a Rams punt. Joe Angelastro converted on a fourth-and-1 with a 14-yard run to the West Hempstead 30. On the next play, Sylvester got open behind the Rams’ secondary and Masters put the throw on the money for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 19.2 seconds left in the half.
“I was able to get room because they were looking for the run and Logan was right on the money with the passes,” Sylvester said.
West Hempstead (5-5) fumbled on the second play of the second half. Seaford soon found itself in a fourth-and-4, and Masters spotted Sylvester on the left sideline. The senior came down with the ball and outran two defenders for a 38-yard touchdown.
“We led 7-0, but to us, it felt like being down two touchdowns,” Angelastro said. “Coach got us right and we came out to play even harder.”
Seaford went up 21-0 when Angelastro followed blocks from Pat Quinn and Paul Scaccia and went 46 yards for the touchdown. He finished with 79 yards on 16 carries.
Seaford tacked on an insurance score on a 2-yard sneak by Masters.
Perpall said having players who were on the last two Long Island Class IV championship teams was key to winning Friday. “They have experience in big games and know how to find a way to win,” he said. “They’re steady and consistent.”