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Seaford's offensive line is strong on, off field

From left, Ryan Lynch, Nicholas Kocienda, James Poole,

From left, Ryan Lynch, Nicholas Kocienda, James Poole, Jack Lasher, Kevin Digney and Peter Couvaris are seen during Seaford football practice on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Photo Credit: Newsday / Ari Kramer

Seaford has a championship-winning offensive line.

No, seniors Jack Lasher, Peter Couvaris, Nicholas Kocienda, Ryan Lynch and Kevin Digney and junior James Poole were not on the Vikings team that beat Roosevelt in the 2010 Nassau Conference IV championship.

But they played for the same peewee football team and said they won a title in their last year together.

They're hoping they can eventually say the same about their time at Seaford, as high expectations complement the preseason No. 1 label, which Conference IV coaches awarded the Vikings.

"We can't get too cocky," said Lasher, a center. "We've still got to work hard. We've got to outwork all the other teams in the conference to win the county championship."

Couvaris and Kocienda wasted little time on that end, rallying the troops for offseason weight-room sessions.

"They just kept sending everyone text messages," Lynch said. "Everyone had to do it."

Why? Well, it's simple, according to Kocienda.

"Getting stronger just makes everything easier," he said.

Rob Perpall, who is entering his 16th year as Seaford's coach, noticed the unity and devotion to getting stronger.

"We had the best weight room attendance that we've had here probably since our last Long Island Championship in 2009," he said. "That team was 12-0. They were in the weight room all the time."

So, in a way, the line has already carried the Vikings. But Perpall is counting on his linemen to protect quarterback A.J. Cain, a newcomer to varsity, as well as to pave the way for senior fullback Frank Lauretti and sophomore running back Nicky Calandra.

The group is confident in its ability to do so.

"Having a full returning line is a big help because we know all the calls and we know where to cross," Lynch said. "We know each other's games, and we're not afraid to get in each other's faces about it."

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