Wallkill's Pedrick leaves coaches, teammates, foes singing his praise
By Kevin Witt
Trevor Pedrick made quite an impression on Jim Drury.
It was early October, when Drury's Valley Central football team played Wallkill. He remembers Pedrick being everywhere that night.
Pedrick finished with 14 tackles, a sack and an interception from his linebacker spot. The pick helped set up his own 2-yard touchdown run. He also returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown.
Drury, a safety, squared off against Pedrick just once ? on a play where Pedrick was a lead blocker.
"He had a couple-yard head start and I never had a chance," Drury said Thursday, laughing over Pedrick's domination.
Wallkill won 31-0. Then came the postgame handshake.
"He was really a humble guy," Drury said. "I was surprised, considering how they beat us. We're shaking hands, and he's telling me, 'Way to keep fighting.' "
That wasn't the first good impression Pedrick made ? and likely won't be the last.
Pedrick is the 2004 Times Herald-Record Player of the Year, all 6-foot-2 and rock-solid 200 pounds of him.
Opposing coaches and players love what they see on the field. He made 131 tackles and scored 18 touchdowns as a senior. He has run the 100-meter dash in less than 11 seconds.
After Pedrick ran for three touchdowns in Wallkill's 39-36 loss to Maine-Endwell in the state Class A final, one of the first things he did was apologize to his mother for disappointing her.
"It was a great season, great memories and a lot of fun," Pedrick said.
While all this fun was going on, Pedrick ripped off a 99.4 classroom average in the first marking period.
His schedule: Advanced Placement Biology, AP Calculus, AP Economics, college freshman English and Wind Ensemble as a trombone player.
"I think with football and any other sport, you end up with less time," Pedrick said. "But it makes you manage your time better."
He's 17, but sometimes is in bed by as early as 9 p.m. because he wants to get his rest.
"You can watch a little bit of the game (on television)," Pedrick said, "but you can't watch it all, because you'll pay for it the next day."
Pedrick likes the "intricate" hobbies, like building and collecting model airplanes. He owns a Lego set with more than 3,000 pieces.
That attention to detail shows through on the football field. One day in practice, Wallkill coach Dave Der Cola spoke about taking the proper angles during pursuit. When he explained it differently later, Pedrick pointed out the change ? and was correct.
Pedrick's cumulative classroom average is "between 93-94," but he was unhappy with his 1,150 SAT score. So he took a course, recently took the test again and found it "much easier."
"He left early from practice Wednesdays to take that class," Der Cola said. "What was I going to do, stop him?"
Big SAT numbers mean good colleges, and there's a pretty impressive group that have Pedrick on their radar. Cornell, Bucknell, RPI and Worchester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute.
He ran into a WPI coach at a recent college showcase, but the guy said he didn't need to see Pedrick's tapes.
"He said he just came from Port Jervis," Pedrick's father, John, said. "(Coach Bob Corvino) couldn't stop talking about him."
The night of the state championship game a guy the Pedricks didn't know approached Trevor at the Holiday Inn in Syracuse and asked him to autograph a football.
"That was pretty good," Trevor Pedrick said.
"How do you replace that kid?" Der Cola said. "He's not just a great talent, but the example he sets every day. Trevor is always doing what he supposed to be doing.
"I don't think you can replace a kid like that."
Trevor Pedrick file
Family: parents John and Deborah Pedrick; brother, Zachary, 20; sister, Meghan, 13
Education: Wallkill senior
2004: A tremendous linebacker with 131 tackles, he seemed to improve every week in his first season seeing significant time at running back. He finished with 978 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 112 carries. Three of the TDs came in Wallkill's 39-36 loss to Maine-Endwell in the state Class A final. He also caught a touchdown pass, and returned two punts and an interception for touchdowns.
2003: Named a Record first-team all-star linebacker for the first time after making 145 tackles for the Section 9 Class A finalist. He was used as a short-yardage back near the end of the season, leading to his increased role in the offense.
2002: Made 90 tackles and six interceptions in his first varsity season, after his parents decided against a late-season varsity promotion as a freshman in 2001.
Players of the Year
2004 Trevor Pedrick Wallkill
2003 Joe Williams Newburgh
2002 George Thomas Liv. Manor
2001 Jonathan Logan James I. O'Neill
2000 Brandon Sebald Rondout Valley
1999 Chris Rogers Red Hook
1998 Fred Riullano Delaware Valley
1997 Tyrone Howard Newburgh
1996 Keith Heinemann Highland
1995 Dermal Brown Marlboro
1994 Matt Buddenhagen Del. Valley
1993 Lamark Logan Ellenville
1992 Dave Hall Monroe-Woodbury
1991 Carl Peterson Warwick
1990 Eric Blanton Warwick
1989 J.C. Jones Monroe-Woodbury
1988 B.J. Pease Red Hook
1987 Phil Driscoll New Paltz
1986 Rene Biddings Liberty
1985 Charles Wilkerson Port Jervis
1984 Bruce Miller Warwick
1983 Scott Sullivan Port Jervis
1982 Walter Moseley Ellenville
1981 Walter Moseley Ellenville
1980 Franklyn Farace Port Jervis
1979 Dan Railey Cornwall
1978 Rick Rottier Cornwall
1977 Rick Farace Port Jervis
1976 George Thomas Wallkill
1975 Scott Taylor Port Jervis
1974 Jim Merriken Red Hook
1973 Dan Gore Port Jervis
1972 Tom Redmond Minisink Valley
1971 Leroy Campbell James I. O'Neill
1970 Ralph Petrillo Newburgh
1969 Joe Strickland Newburgh
1968 Dennis Simmons Port Jervis
1967 Jose Guadalupe Warwick