Pedrick earns Freeman Football Player of Year honors
By: Don Treat, Freeman staff11/25/2004
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KINGSTON - Trevor Pedrick plays football the old-fashioned way for Wallkill High. After a big defensive stop or a major offensive contribution, Pedrick never struts or celebrates.
Demonstrative behavior would be completely out of character for the senior linebacker/running back. Beyond that, Freeman Player of the Year Pedrick might tire himself out from all the extra activity.
The quiet confidence Pedrick displays fits in with the all-business approach of the Panthers. Wallkill and Pedrick let their actions on the field tell the story, and this season has been filled with glorious accomplishments.
At 4 p.m. Friday, the (12-0) Panthers play Maine-Endwell of Section 4 in the state Class A championship game. The team leaves for Syracuse late this afternoon and will be cheered on at the Carrier Dome by busloads of loyal fans.
"It feels pretty good," Pedrick said of reaching the state final. "I'm looking forward to it.
"Last year we knew we were up-and-coming. We didn't have the edge we needed, so this year we did everything we could do."
Pedrick earned All-State status at linebacker as a junior. Coach Dave Der Cola used the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Pedrick sparingly on offense at fullback.
That role changed significantly this season with Pedrick joining J.J. Maloney and Greg Drobot as part of a potent backfield rotation. The trio has rushed for 2,790 yards and 38 touchdowns.
Pedrick really shifted gears beginning with the Section 9 title contest. In his three postseason outings, Pedrick delivered 369 of his 848 yards.
"Trevor had the skills to run, but we saved him last year to stay strong on defense," Der Cola said. "He brings a dimension to our offense of a power runner with breakaway speed."
In playoff victories over Port Jervis (sectionals), Nyack (regionals) and Amsterdam (state semifinal), Pedrick scored the first touchdown each time for the Panthers.
"I like defense more overall, but I have more fun on offense," he said. Pedrick rushed for 10 TDs, caught a scoring pass and returned punts 85 and 74 yards for TDs.
"He's really been a complete player," Der Cola said. "Throwback really describes the type of player he is.
"He could play in any era. He's a tremendous player and a tremendous kid."
Defensively, Pedrick uses his speed and quickness to track down ballcarriers. Like the rest of Wallkill's defenders, Pedrick delivers punishing hits.
His statistical line includes 132 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. After dazzling Amsterdam with a 74-yard scoring run, Pedrick set up the second touchdown with a blocked punt returned 15 yards to the end zone by Frank Snyder.
Playing for the state title seems a fitting climax for Pedrick, Maloney, Drobot, Snyder and the entire group of seniors that began attracting attention in Pop Warner competition.
"We started together a long time ago, and great friendships developed over the years," Pedrick said. "Something special clicked for us this season."
Pedrick's collegiate future will combine the continuation of his football career with academic pursuits in the science and mathematical fields. Bucknell, Cornell and Colgate rank at the top of his list.
Musically, Pedrick has a passion for jazz and plays trombone in the Wallkill wind ensemble.
"I began playing trombone in the fifth grade," he recalled. "I'll probably keep up with it."
A victory Friday might inspire Pedrick to play a few bars of Queen's "We are the Champions."