The Mineola Mustangs stepped onto the field at Seaford high school with a lot of confidence coming off a to earn their spot against an undefeated Vikings team Saturday. Unfortunately, the home team retained their spotless loss record, sending the Mustangs packing in a 34-7 drubbing. Seaford remains undefeated at 9-0 while Mineola finishes the season at 5-4.
Hero: Rob Clarkin guided the Mustangs through the enitre game. The Mustang QB ran the option continuously Saturday afternoon, making it tough for the Viking defensive line.. Clarkin finished the day with 65-yards against a stout Seaford defense, throwing passes of 18, 20 and 14 yards. Mineola's lone touchdown came from junior RB Steve Napolitano on a 20-yard rush late in the game. Napolitano finished the game with 90-yards rushing.
Turning Point: In the second half with the score 14-0, the Vikings were driving once again. Langan broke off a 20-yard run and put Seaford 26 yards out of the endzone. Senior captain John Troisi finished off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run to make the score 20-0. With Seaford's defense well in control and the running game firmly established, Mineola tried to put together a couple of scoring drives, but were held back by penalties.
Quote: "It was a good season," Mineola coach Dan Guido said. "We were the twelfth seed and we made the playoffs. We made a lot of progress this season. We played a good game, but it kind of fell apart in the fourth quarter."
Bottom Line: Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs , Mineola pulled off a late-season rally just to be there, finishing fourth in Conference IV. The team is mostly made up of juniors, so a majority of the roster will be returning next year who will look to build on their playoff experience.
Key Stat: Rob Clarkin- 65-yards passing; Steve Napolitano- 90-yards rushing, one touchdown.1 2 3 4 F Mineola 0 0 0 7 7 Seaford 7 7 7 13 34 Scoring: Seaford Travis Langan 1-yard run Seaford John Troisi 2-yard run Seaford John Troisi 2-yard run Seaford Ryan Metes 56-yard run Seaford Joe Andersen 12-yard run Mineola Steve Napolitano 20-yard run