Seaford Vikings Football
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This season, the Seaford Vikings are on a mission to play hard and have fun defending their Class IV Long Island championship.  
The team does not get hung up on the success of their Long Island Championship (LIC) and 30-plus game winning streak.  Instead, they focus on the present of enjoying their sport. Coach Rob Perpall emphasizes that high school football is not only about winning the game.  You have to have to do it right. Otherwise, why do it?  “It's not my team, it's their team,” says Perpall, who considers the Vikings to be as much of a family as they are a football team.  
Their tradition of winning begins way before the first practice of the season.  “The expectations are to play outstanding football and doing it the right way,” says Perpall, who led his players to the LIC three years in a row.  Doing things the right way means putting in the hard work and vigorous practices Seaford is known for. Even during off-season, you’ll find the Vikings in the weight room and in speed camps physically preparing themselves for the upcoming season.
Eight of Seaford’s best players graduated this past school year, but Perpall knows that his younger players will rise to the occasion.  "We have the personnel to do it, we now have to produce," says Perpall. Part of the program's success is due to the tight-knit community of Seaford.  Most of the players have known each other since the Bronco youth-leagues and have developed a brotherhood.  The coaching staff has been there at every level, from youth leagues to varsity. As Perpall puts it, "They are the best on the island.”
Seaford coaches do not just aim to coach and win games. They also serve as mentors and help each player work on becoming a better person. Years after graduation, former players come back to watch the games and help out during practices. This relationship has a really positive impact on the younger kids. “We need to be better tomorrow, than we were today," says Perpall.
A passion for the game and for winning is what fuels the Viking’s competitive edge.  It all starts with fundamentals and what Perpall likes to call “smash mouth” football. This refers to running the ball hard and feeding the so called meat-grinder, while pounding the defense tender. The team is also equipped with surprisingly underrated quickness.  They put emphasis on special-teams practice, which was made apparent by key special-teams plays in last year’s LIC.
Coach Perpall realizes what these kids are going though and understands the importance of building confidence, having fun and simply enjoying the sport.  “Some teams take a military approach to the sport, but we still make it a fun experience," says Perpall. “I give the kids some time off now and then and, if we had a good practice, we will sometimes go into the gym and play some 3-on-3 basketball.  Since football is a tough sport it's a good way to learn character building.”
The team's motto is: Never quit.  And, for 14 years, the Viking’s motto has proven its effectiveness among their players. “There is tremendous adversity in this game. If you don’t have the self confidence to keep going, then this game is not for you,” said Coach Perpall.  “Some of my best memories are playing in high school and I want the kids to leave here with a good overall experience."

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