Last season, Brad Garcia was thrown into the role of quarterback, thriving in the Wildcat formation.
His play helped Warwick turn its year around and make the Section 9 Class AA playoffs. A former wide receiver, who can run the ball, it was a natural fit for Garcia. However, this season, could be an even bigger year for Garcia – already a two-time Varsity845 first-team all-star.
He got off to a pretty big start on Saturday, leading Warwick to a 41-7 win over host Goshen in the Spirit Trophy game. Garcia rushed for 216 yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns.
Garcia’s lights out performance led Warwick (1-0) to its ninth straight win over Goshen in the second oldest continuing rivalry in the state behind Rome Free Academy and Utica Proctor, which began playing in 1891. Warwick has taken 15 of 16 from Goshen since 1996. The Wildcats hold a 50-46-4 edge in the series that began in 1896. Goshen is a Class A school and Warwick competes in Class AA.
Next up for Warwick? The Wildcats play at Monroe-Woodbury in a non-league game at 4 p.m. Friday in Central Valley. There are plenty of storylines here:
– Warwick hasn’t beaten Monroe-Woodbury since 1979.
– Former Warwick coach James Sciarra, who was let go by superintendent Dr. Raymond Bryant after last season, is now a volunteer assistant at Monroe-Woodbury.
– Monroe-Woodbury dealt Warwick a crushing 14-13 defeat in last year’s Class AA playoff semifinals. The Crusaders put away Warwick 37-6 during the regular-season.
– Stay tuned for much more on Warwick vs. Monroe-Woodbury on Varsity845.com during the week.