Seaford and Roosevelt, the last undefeated teams in Nassau Conference IV, had engaged in a physical, defensive battle all afternoon. Now, early in the fourth quarter, Seaford sat 88-yards away from the end zone, trailing 12-7.
Facing its first loss, Seaford knew it could rely on Nicky Fischetti, a weapon it didn't have in the first half.
"His ankle was bothering him so we sat him out in the first half and the trainer got him ready and the football gods were smiling down on us so he was able to play in the second half," said Seaford head coach Rob Perpall said.
Behind Fischetti and his backfield mate Austin Quiroz, Seaford marched down the field, scored a touchdown and held on for a 13-12 win.
Fischetti ran the ball 17 times for 70 yards in the second half, and Quiroz plunged into the end zone from three-yards out for the winning score, leading Seaford to a 5-0 record.
"We just kept pounding it and pounding it -- nothing fancy but we just got the job done," Perpall said.
The game winning drive also contained two huge fourth-down conversions -- a 12-yard reception by Tyler O'Donnell on 4th-and-11 and the second a seven-yard run by Kyle Kolodinsky on 4th-and-six. "We just marched it down the field," Perpall said.
After that it was up to the defense to make a stop. "We stuffed them pretty good," Perpall said. "It wasn't easy but it was sweet."