There's nothing flashy about Seaford football, and that's just the way the players like it.
It's a smashmouth, hard-nose style that relies on the action in between the tackles on both sides of the ball. But within a blink of an eye Saturday, the Vikings jumped to a big lead on the road at previously unbeaten West Hempstead, and its top-flight defense took care of the rest.
The Vikings established a 20-point lead in the first quarter and shut down West Hempstead in the second half to win, 20-13, in Nassau IV.
"Our defense really stepped it up in that fourth quarter and stopped them on those fourth downs," said James O'Hagan, who led Seaford with 16 tackles. "Our defense is the life and blood of this team and we're looking to compete every week and run the table from here."
After leading 20-13 at halftime, Seaford (3-2), which had allowed 28 total points through its first four games, limited the Rams, who averaged 42 points per game through their first four contests, to just two three-and-outs in the third quarter.
In the fourth, West Hempstead (4-1) drove inside the Seaford 20 twice, but was stopped on fourth down. With 2:13 left, Bobby Buell (14 tackles) stopped Enrique McFarlane 1 yard shy of a first down at the Seaford 17 on third down, and on fourth down Patrick Bizzarro recovered a fumble on a botched exchange to all but seal the win.
"I wasn't going to let him get that first down," Buell said. "I wasn't going to let us lose this game."
Justin Cestro wrapped it up with a first-down run with 33 seconds left on the ensuing Seaford possession.
Seaford went ahead 7-0 when Nick Silvestri scored on a 3-yard run to cap an impressive opening drive that went 71 yards on 13 plays in 6:03. Seaford quickly struck again when Bizzarro recovered the ensuing kickoff, which Matthew Murphy had placed perfectly between a couple of receivers at the West Hempstead 26-yard line. Bizzarro then ran untouched up the middle on the next play to make it 14-0.
"I saw it bounce over his shoulder and said, 'I'm getting this,' " said Bizzarro, who had 141 yards on 14 carries. "And then the first play after that I had a big hole with a great job by the offensive line."
Silvestri scored again from 7 yards with 22 seconds left in the quarter to make it 20-0. West Hempstead scored early in the second on McFarlane's 35-yard TD run and then on Bruce Gibbs' 11-yard run in the second.
McFarlane led West Hempstead with 104 rushing yards on 17 carries.