The green-and-white machine that is Seaford football isn't flashy. It doesn't have many bells and whistles. But it sure does run well. And it hasn't had to use its brakes in a long time.
With Justin Buckley and Travis Langan leading the way, the Vikings ran for 337 yards on their way to a 35-0 victory over North Shore last night in a Nassau Conference IV semifinal playoff game at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.
Seaford improved to 10-0 and extended its Conference IV winning streak to 42 games. It will face Roosevelt for the county title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hofstra. The Vikings dealt the Rough Riders their only loss, 21-20, in overtime on Oct. 22. North Shore finished 5-5.
Langan (92 yards, 14 carries) scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter to cap a seven-play, 63-yard drive that took 5:53. A 1-yard scoring run by Buckley (124 yards, 19 carries) concluded a 14-play, 80-yard march that took 9:19 and did not include a single pass.
Buckley's 18-yard run on a draw play that was wide open ended a nine-play, 46-yard drive that made it 21-0 at the half. Seaford's first-half dominance was eye-popping: It outgained North Shore 233 to 5. The Vikings' first-half advantage in first downs was 14 to 1.
They didn't need to be as dominant in the second half because they were never seriously threatened. But they didn't exactly shift into neutral, either. Their defense set up the final score when Greg Kolodinsky blocked a North Shore punt that was recovered on the 3. On the next play, Buckley barreled into the end zone.
After that, coach Rob Perpall was able to substitute freely. His reserves produced a 14-play, 82-yard drive for the final touchdown, capped by Eddie Schaller's 7-yard run. The green-and-white machine coasted home, once again in cruise control.