CENTRAL VALLEY – The much-anticipated showdown – Warwick vs. Monroe-Woodbury – had so many different storylines.
One remained the same. All Monroe-Woodbury, all day. Monroe-Woodbury took out Warwick 33-0 on Friday in a non-league match-up of two Section 9 Class AA heavy hitters.
Quarterback Kevin Carr was the star for Monroe-Woodbury, completing 17-of-23 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. He added 86 rushing yards and a score. Carr connected on touchdown passes to Jesse Kaffenberger and Ricky Giraldo. Kaffenberger finished with 125 receiving yards.
Here is what Carr and Giraldo had to say after the big win:
Entering Friday, Warwick hadn’t beaten Monroe-Woodbury since 1979. In the teams’ last 10 meetings, the Crusaders had outscored Warwick by an average of 25.8 points per game. On Friday, it was more of the same.
It was an impressive performance by Monroe-Woodbury (2-0) all around. The Crusaders led 21-0 at halftime, shutting down Warwick’s offense and – by that time – the result already seemed like a certainty. It was.
Cole Gennett opened the scoring for Monroe-Woodbury (2-0) with a 1-yard run with 2:39 left in the first quarter. Carr scored on a 45-yard run to make it 14-0 midway through the second and hit Kaffenberger for a 14-yard score 1:39 before halftime. Carr added a 66-yard touchdown off a screen pass to Giraldo in the third quarter.
Matt Paul kicked a 33-yard field goal for Monroe-Woodbury and the Crusaders put up a safety in the closing seconds. Up next for Monroe-Woodbury? The Crusaders host Newburgh Free Academy at 7 p.m. Friday. The Goldbacks put away Minisink Valley 49-7 on Friday.
Meanwhile, it doesn’t get any easier for Warwick, which hosts big, bad Pine Bush at 7 p.m. Friday. OK, now back to the Crusaders. We talked about the offense and now let’s give the defense a much-deserved pop.
Monroe-Woodbury’s ‘D’ shut down Warwick quarterback Brad Garcia, who rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-7 win over Goshen last week. The Crusaders held Garcia to 57 yards on 20 carries and have allowed just seven points in two games.
The long drought against Warwick aside, this game was hyped for other reasons. Former Warwick coach James Sciarra is now a volunteer assistant with Monroe-Woodbury. In January, Warwick Superintendent Raymond Bryant informed Sciarra that he wouldn’t be recommended by the school board to return this fall. Sciarra, a math teacher at Warwick, went 40-25 in seven seasons with the Wildcats.
After putting Warwick away 37-6 during the regular-season last year, Monroe-Woodbury dealt the Wildcats a heartbreaking 14-13 last-minute loss in the semifinals of the Class AA playoffs last November. Carr said he was happy to help Sciarra get a win against his former team.
Check back for more on Warwick vs. Monroe-Woodbury in Saturday’s editions of Varsity845.com online and in print in the Times Herald-Record. Also, the game will be featured in my Varsity845 video wrap, which will be online Saturday night. Also, follow me on Twitter on justinrod845.
Looking forward to Week 3!