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Seaford ready to unleash rushing attack in Class IV title game

Seaford’s offense features Mr. Inside and . . . Mr. Inside. Oh, and don’t forget Mr. Inside.

“I won’t pitch the ball to a kid who doesn’t have blazing speed,” Vikings coach Rob Perpall said. “If I had that kid, I’d do that. You don’t see us run around end much. We have slashers, not sprinters.”

But that doesn’t mean Seaford doesn’t have a strong finishing kick.

The Vikings (9-2) will use a potent three-pronged rushing attack when they face Miller Place (10-1) in the Long Island Class IV championship game Friday at noon at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. Seaford is 2-5 in the Long Island Championships; the Panthers are making their first appearance.

Joe Angelastro (5-8, 175 pounds) is the busiest back with 198 carries for 1,397 yards and 14 touchdowns. But Tyler Volpi (5-7, 165), who has 718 yards on 105 carries and eight TDs, had the hot hand in last week’s 21-0 victory over Cold Spring Harbor in the Nassau IV title game, gaining 133 yards on 26 carries.

Then there’s 6-foot, 230-pound rock-solid fullback and middle linebacker Nick Calandra, who has contributed 444 yards on 72 carries with five touchdowns. He does the dirty work — blocking for the little guys and getting the tough short-yardage carries.

“They all run hard. That’s our secret,” Perpall said. “They’re playing well in the last four or five games. We’ll always try to go with the hot hand.”

That means having sophomore quarterback Logan Masters, who didn’t throw a single pass in the Cold Spring Harbor game, handing off to one of the three slashers and letting them take care of business between the tackles behind a good offensive line led by Andrew Chirico.

“We tell our offensive line ‘don’t quit’ and we just put our heads down and keep going,” Angelastro said after grinding for 67 yards and two short TD runs in the county championship game. “We’re all smash-mouth guys.”

Seaford’s style is for the running backs to take turns grinding and slashing until it wears down opposing defenses.

“We’re always going to use all three guys,” Perpall said. “That’s what we do. We take what the other team allows us. Cold Spring Harbor overplayed Angelastro, so we went with Volpi and he had the hot hand. Calandra is kind of like the workhorse. Sometimes he gets overlooked.”

Although Volpi had a big game last week, it was Angelastro who excelled in the semifinals, churning for 175 yards on 25 carries in a 41-0 win over Locust Valley. He also had a monster game in a Week 5 victory over West Hempstead with 301 yards on 31 carries. Calandra ran for 119 yards in Week 3 against Valley Stream South.

“Calandra is bigger and more powerful, but basically, they are the same type of runners,’’ Perpall said. “Kids who run hard off tackle.”

And that’s the inside story.

SEAFORD

ROSTER

No. Player Grade Pos.

3 Zachary Grof 12 WR/DB

5 Andrew Cuchel 11 WR/K

7 Tyler Volpi* 12 RB/LB

9 Tyler Kirincic 12 QB/LB

10/11 Ryan Butler 11 QB/DB

12 Logan Masters 10 QB/S

15 Robert Boulukos 12 WR/DB

19 Nick Calandra* 12 RB/LB

22 Brandon Cella 11 WR/DB

24 Joe Angelastro 11 RB/DB

25 Austin Pasco 11 RB/DB

32 Vinny Pecora 12 RB/DB

34 Matthew St. Laurent 12 RB/DL

36 Nicholas Allen 11 WR/DB

41 John Pizzurro 11 OL/LB

42 Matt Andersen 11 RB/LB

43 Luke Dicapua 11 RB/LB

44 Tommy Umano 12 RB/LB

50 Jack Supinsky 12 OL/DL

51 Timothy Rodriguez 12 OL/DL

53 Justin Van Dusen 12 C/DL

88/55 Andrew Chirico* 12 TE/DE

56 Jake Masters 12 OL/DL

59 Mike Augustin 11 OL/LB

60 Sean Kelley 11 OL/DL

63 Jason Murphy 11 OL/DL

65 Corey Marks 11 OL/DL

66 Kris Luciano 12 OL/DL

68 Paul Scaccia 11 OL/DL

69 Nick Brandi 10 OL/DL

70 John Dalton 12 OT/DT

75 Chris Higgins 12 OL/DL

76 Carl Bloom 11 OL/DL

77 Hunter Wing 11 OL/DL

79 Ommar Watson 12 TE/DB

80 Nicholas Sylvester 11 WR/S

82 Frank Politi 11 TE/DL

84 Sean Allen 12 TE/DE

85 Dylan Lanzer 11 TE/LB

88 Joseph Cain 10 TE/DE

89 Luke Farrant 12 TE/DE

Coach Rob Perpall

ROAD TO THE LIC

SEAFORD (9-2)

Carle Place/Wheatley W 28-0

Clarke W 34-7

Valley Stream South W 40-12

Cold Spring Harbor L 7-21

West Hempstead W 39-21

Locust Valley L 0-14

North Shore W 33-7

Malverne W 35-6

West Hempstead W 14-12, quarterfinal

Locust Valley W 41-0, semifinal

Cold Spring Harbor W 21-0, Nassau final

Total 292-100

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