By Conor Borthwick
Section 9 Football Insider Correspondent
Warwick is the top-seed in the Section 9 Class AA playoffs and has lost just one game this season, but the Wildcats feel like they are still being overlooked by some fans and opponents.
That could all change in the next two weeks and Warwick made a bit of a statement on Friday night, demolishing eighth-seeded Middletown 34-7 in the Class AA quarterfinals. The Wildcats move on to play fifth-seeded Pine Bush (6-2) in the semifinals at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The Bushmen defeated Minisink Valley 2-0 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
“We really just beat them up bad,” said Warwick running back Harrison Parrelli, who rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown. “We were disciplined and they weren’t. It is as simple as that.”
Warwick (7-1) has been consistent and workmanlike all season. The Wildcats are no frills, but have plenty of substance. That was illustrated against a potentially dangerous Middletown (3-5) team. Warwick’s steady defense set the tone for its reliable offense.
Defensive lineman Danny McNally had three sacks and linebacker Rob Maslanka returned a fumble for a touchdown. Quarterback Jared Senius hit Greg Sirico, the son of Warwick’s coach, for a 10-yard score. Senius also connected with his favorite target, Connor Perez, for a 33-yard touchdown. The quarterback also rushed for a touchdown.
Warwick has no problem if opponents doubt the Wildcats. The Cats’ are feeling good.
“It was a great win and we’re just going to go in and do the same next week,” Perez said.