2018 Academic Resources Football Predictions for Week 1

Every week Kevin, Brian and George slug it out to predict the most football games correctly. Morris Sussex Sports has incentivized these three knuckleheads with a prize to be determined to who ever picks the most correct games at the end of the season. Keep up with their progress every Thursday nights or Friday mornings when the 2018 Academic Resources Weekly Predictions come out.

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Friday Night Lights

Weequahic (1-0) @ Boonton (0-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Not only did Weequahic pitch a 33-0 shutout last week against Morris Catholic, they also sang the National Anthem before the game. Not to mention sophomore QB Jerron Phillips passed for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns. I think Weequahic will have something to sing about on the bus ride home after this one. PICK: Weequahic 21-10.
Brian Kenney: Weequahic is on a mission this year. They shut out Morris Catholic last week, and it’s not going to be easy for Boonton to score points this week. That being said, James Jacobson and the rest of the O-line will lead the way for a couple of scores on the ground in a valiant effort. PICK: Weequahic 24-17
George Muha: Weequahic is built for a state championships season but if they overlook Boonton, I can see them getting stung. Look for Coach Gallagher to try to run the clock out on the ground as much as possible to keep the Indian’s fast scoring offense off the field. Weequahic should win but if the Bombers can control the clock, we might see an upset. PICK: Weequahic 20-14

Butler (1-0) @ North Arlington (0-1)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I think Butler puts another one in the win column because the combo of Evan Smith through the air and Sean Centinaro on the ground is too much to handle. PICK: Butler 42-21
Brian Kenney: Butler came out strong last week and will do so again this week. Sean Centinaro will lead the way, rushing for a buck fifty and two scores for the Bulldogs. PICK: Butler 34-18
George Muha: Seems like Butler is representing Morris-Sussex honorably in their new conference. They’ll continue to let the rest of North Jersey know how we do things in our neck of the woods. Evan Smith will throw for 200-yards and 2 TDs. PICK: Butler 34-14

Chatham (0-0) @ Mount Olive (0-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I heard MO is going to be wearing some fresh new jerseys for this game. Look good, feel good, play good. It’s science. PICK: Mount Olive 33-10
Brian Kenney: Mount Olive will come out swinging at home, and won’t turn back. I figure Dylan Mayer will tackle everyone in this one for Mt. Olive. PICK: Mt. Olive 24-13
George Muha: Mount Olive is like a thoroughbred horse just waiting to fly out of the gate. Coach O’Connor loves to stretch the field to  score fast and score often. Look for the 2018 Marauders to continue what the 2017 team did last year. I do think Chatham’s Peter Schelling will be good for at least one INT in the loss.  PICK: MO 35-18

Delbarton (0-1) @ St. Anthony’s, NY (0-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: After a tough loss in the season opener, I see junior TE Lukas Ungar having a breakout game on the way to Delbarton’s first win of the season. PICK: Delbarton 35-21
Brian Kenney: I was surprised to hear about Delby’s subpar performance last week, but they will bounce back this week in New York. Lukas Ungar will score again, establishing himself as a go-to wide receiver in the Green Wave’s offense. PICK: Delby 17-14
George Muha: Delby would like to forget about last week’s Somerville game as quickly as they can. A win in Brooklyn will do the trick. Look for Ungar to receive for 150-yards and 2 TDs and defender Will Smart to have 8 tackles and at least one sack on the road. PICK: Delby 28-21

Dover (0-1) @ North Warren (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: After a tough loss to Wallkill last week, I think North Warren turns it around at home. PICK: North Warren 14-10
Brian Kenney: Dover had a rough one last week and will play better, but North Warren will prevail in this one. Look for Ryan Walsh to score on a bubble screen and a long run on his way to a fantasy-type day. PICK: NW 33-17
George Muha: Dover is going to want to bounce back after last week’s loss to Hopatcong. But I think North Warren fullback Danny Palmer is going to be too much of a load for the Tigers to handle. PICK: Pats 35-28

Lenape Valley (0-1) @ Hackettstown (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: The Tigers had a hard time putting points on the board last week and Lenape lost a close one to a strong Newton team. Due to the transitive property of sports I’m siding with the Valley. PICK: Lenape Valley 24-10
Brian Kenney: H-Town battled J-Town hard last week, and look for their defense to continue to dominate this week as well. That being said, the Valley’s John Spada will score at least once in this one. Matty Castro will rumble for over 100 yards in two scores for H-Town in the home win. PICK: H-Town 27-14
George Muha: Both of these teams showed a lot of guts last week in two hard fought Week Zero games. I like this Lenape Valley team to do something special this year but it looks like they got hit with the early season injury bug. Plus, H-town Nation is going to be packing the house to reward their Tigers for their gritty road win last week. PICK: Tigers 21-14

West Essex (0-0) @ Hanover Park (0-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: . Noticed this in the 2018 Preview – “OL/LB Kevin Julich (6, 170) is one of the smartest kids in the school that uses his brains and toughness to be a leader on both sides of the football.” 1) I never met a Kevin I didn’t like. And 2) this dude is more than just a football player! Balancing football and academics, now that’s what I call tough! PICK: Hanover Park 21-10
Brian Kenney: It is finally Tuli Time! Matt Tuli is a big, strong kid and a leader. While HP has a relatively young team, their first year coach Dan Fulton is bringing a ton of energy to the job, and reaching out to the kids coming up through the East Hanover/Florham Park youth program as well, where Tuli started his playing days years ago, and his brothers followed (including sophomore Justin). Look for Tuli to account for at least two scores and for Anthony Salvemini to record at least a dozen tackles in the upset. PICK: HP 20-14
George Muha:  As a former Hanover Park player (although, not a very good one), I am thrilled to have a young new coach like Dan Fulton taking over the reigns.  He’s got a lot of energy and LOVES to huck the rock all over the field.  I predict the rookie coach starts his career 1-0 and gets to etch his name to the Cardone Cup.  PICK:  Hornets 24-21

Jefferson (0-1) @ High Point (0-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I have been following how hard the High Point guys have been working on the High Point Football Instagram this off-season. PICK: High Point 27-17
Brian Kenney: High Point will struggle with Jefferson’s tough defense, but look for Javis Tallamy to break one for the Pointers. PICK: HP 13-10
George Muha: The Falcons played very gutsy at home last week in a 7-3 loss to Hackettstown. They will have to be as intense or even more as High Point’s Jake Liscinski are going to make sure to give their packed house something to cheer about. I feel like the Wildcats are going to do something special this season and I predict this game is when they send a statement to their conference and section. PICK: HP 35-28

Hopatcong (1-0) @ Parsippany (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales:  I think this is going to be a very close game, but I’m siding with Coach Hurta and his staff at home. PICK: Parsippany 14-13
Brian Kenney: How about the Redhawks winning their home opener? And I even picked them to win!!! This week, the ‘Cong comes to town, and they are coming off a nice victory over Dover. I have to give the edge to the Redhawks, but it will be a close one all game. Look for Anthony Rillo to record a bunch of tackles, including a big one for a loss in the fourth quarter to help the Redhawks prevail. PICK: Parsippany 21-20
George Muha: Parsippany has not had a packed home stadium in a long time. I predict the fans will honor their beloved Redhawks for their incredible come-from-behind win on the road last week by filling the stands. Redhawk defenders Anthony Rillo and Jared Hurta will ensure they start the 2018 season 2-0 and give their student section a reason to cheer all game long. PICK: Parsippany 34-28

Kinnelon (0-1) @ Montville (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Mike Burke made me eat my words last week on his way to a 215 yard day. I would hate to see what would happen if I made him angry again. PICK: Montville 42-24
Brian Kenney: A great game, and it will go down to the wire. Kinnelon will be one of the better teams in the league with no wins to show for it. Joe Rymarz will run for 120 yards and as score for Kinnelon, but Mike Burke will run for close to 180 and three scores as the ‘Stangs continue their winning ways. PICK: Montville 30-19
George Muha: I watched Montville play Mendham last week and although they scored 35 points, I felt like they barely started their engine. I think once QB Michael Burke and his receivers start gelling, it’s they are going to be scoring in the 50s in games. They’ll hit the forty’s in this one.  PICK: 42-28

Morris Catholic (0-1) @ Whippany Park (0-1)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I think Senior OG Carter Chris has put in too much time in the off season to not move past last week’s loss. PICK: Morris Catholic 21-10
Brian Kenney: Morris Catholic will put some points on the board, some the result of a turnover and/or sacks by senior Dom Castellano, who is a straight up beast. (that must run in the family). Whippany’s Cristiano “Zippy” Zipeto will score a late TD receiving to put the Park up for good. PICK: Park 14-10
George Muha: Coach Hack is going to look to bounce back in a big way after last week’s loss to Weequahic – even if he has to throw on a sophomore’s uni and get on the field himself.  He won’t have to though because his players will get the job done. PICK: MC 33-12

Morris Knolls (0-0) @ Morris Hills (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Another rivalry game early in the season! With a win already under their belt and the sticky fingers of Lucas Novack, I think Knolls might have to save their bus pic for another week. PICK: Morris Hills 21-10
Brian Kenney: Well, the Hills’ Sam Valerio had himself a day last week. He ran, he threw, he tackled. He will get up and repeat this Friday. Knolls will put up a decent fight and Chris Marra will score at least once but the Hills will win the battle of Morris. PICK: Hills 34-20
George Muha: Morris Knolls QB Connor Chegwidden does a fantastic job driving Coach Regan’s Veer offense. The Golden Eagles are going to have to be near perfect facing their arch nemesis Morris Hills away at their stadium. This one will be one for the ages and should go down to the last play. I’m so glad Morris Sussex Sport’s is broadcasting live from this game. I am going to have to go with the home team in this kind of matchup – even though it will practically be a home game for both teams.  PICK: Hills 24-23

Morristown (0-0) @ Randolph (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: The Rams are always tough and I expect them to keep the momentum going at home after last week’s amazing come-from-behind win. PICK: Randolph 35-10
Brian Kenney: Randolph exploded for 35 points last week and they don’t look to slow up as they are home again. Morristown’s Ryan Devaney will hit every kick he takes except for the 64-yarder at the end of regulation to try and tie the game. Ryan McDermott will have a pick-6 in this one for the Rams. PICK: Randolph 22-19
George Muha: Randolph dug deep to help their first year coach Will Nahan go 1-0 to start his head coaching career. Ram sophomore stud FB/LB Justin Townsend will make sure his rookie coach goes 2-0. PICK: Rams 34-21

Pequannock (0-0) @ Newton (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I think Ryan Kaiser puts on a show at home this week. PICK: Newton 28-10
Brian Kenney: Newton had their hands full last week but came out of the Valley with a W. Pequannock is tough and this rivalry is for real. Newton has home field advantage, but look for Pequannock to come out strong and score first. I figure Mike Luttenberger will have 15 tackles by the time it is all said and done for the ‘Quan. But Newton’s Ryan Kaiser “Soze” will score twice with a buck twenty on the ground as Newton stays undefeated. PICK: Newton 21-18
George Muha: Pequannock wants nothing more than to avenge last year’s playoff loss to the Braves. Jack Chobanian and Matt Spatucci are two Golden Panther starters from last year who are still feeling the sting from 2017. I predict they’ll make this another dog fight but I just don’t see Newton falling in front of their home crowd. PICK: Braves 35-34

River Dell (1-0) @ Parsippany Hills (0-1)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I guess Paramus is a little better than they were 11 years ago. I think JD’s arm takes the Vikings the distance in more ways than one this week. PICK: Parsippany Hills 42-10
Brian Kenney: Par Hills lost to a good Paramus squad last week, and they are looking to rebound at home against the River Dell. I don’t know much about The River Dell but they sound like they should be from Texas. Having said that, if they sound like they are from Texas, they may be good as heck. I know that could be a stretch, but having read many Dr. Suess books recently I know that anything is possible. All this nonsense being said, I think Par Hills will bounce back. Look for Ty Sallie to score a TD on toss to seal the game. PICK: Par Hills 17-14
George Muha: Parsippany Hills needs to do something in a hurry to erase last week’s tough loss to Paramus. I foresee Viking defensive back Dennis Wilson having one of his trademark two interception nights to help his team get the dub. Heck, he’ll throw in a Pick-6 too! PICK: Par Hills 38-32

Pope John (0-1) @ Paramus Catholic (0-1)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Paramus Catholic should be raring to go after a really close one last week. PICK: Paramus Catholic 21-10
Brian Kenney: I’m not sure who Paramus Catholic played but it was probably a Division 3 college if they lost. Pope John had their issues last week, but DePaul is no joke either. Anthony Holmes will grab a pick-6 in this one for the Johnnies but they will come up a little short. PICK: PC 27-17
George Muha: So far I am 1-0 predicing the Johnnies. While I did predict them to lose last week to DePaul. I am doubling down that they will take down Paramus Catholic. That may be a bold thing to do, but I have faith that RB Jake Huhn will give them the spark the Lions need. PICK: Johnnies 34-32

Sparta (0-1) @ Roxbury (0-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Even Will Ferrell couldn’t handle a night at the Roxbury. PICK: Roxbury 28-21
Brian Kenney: I’m still in shock that Sparta lost, but it happens. This week they are going against a tough Roxbury team, in Roxbury. Look for dual threat Evan Vazquez to score once on the ground and record a bunch of tackles for the Gaels. That being said, I think Ryan Richardson will be a wrecking crew for the second straight week on defense for Sparta with a baker’s dozen worth of tackles and a pick-6 in a close Spartan win. PICK: Sparta 21-20
George Muha: These two teams always battle it out when they play each other. But I think Sparta QB Kenny Oelkers makes a big statement that says he not only has the coolest name for a quarterback ever, he also has the skills that go along with it. PICK: Sparta 45-33

West Milford (1-0) @ Vernon (0-1)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: The Zackary Milko – Ryan Coyle air-ground combo should make teams lose sleep this season. PICK: West Milford 32-7
Brian Kenney: Vernon had a tough time last week against Kittatinny and unfortunately they will be on the short end again this week. Look for Vernon’s RJ Mehr to throw for a score and run for another in a close one. PICK: West Milford 24-21
George Muha: Don’t be deceived by Vernon. They actually hung with a VERY tough Kittatinny team last week. Look for big back Jeremy Kayhart to ground-and-pound his way to make his Vikings 1-1. PICK: Vernon 28-21

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Wallkill Valley (1-0) @ Kittatinny (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I’m sticking with the Wallkill boys again. Expect a big day from RB Justin Rivera PICK: Wallkill 21-18
Brian Kenney: This one is too close to call, but George pays me the big bucks so I have to pick somebody to win. The Valley blew out North Warren last week and the Kits rolled behind Anthony Cagno who basically scored from wherever he was when ran the ball. I think, in the end, The Valley’s Justin Rivera will break a long run in the second half to put this one to bed. PICK: The Valley 21-14
George Muha: Both these teams came out of Week 1 feeling very good about themselves. But I predict Mafaro and Cagno get their names called by the PA announcer more than any other player on the field this Saturday. PICK: Kittatinny 28-23

Mountain Lakes (0-0) @ Madison (0-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Madison has a lot of seniors that want to make this last year a special one. PICK: Madison 14-12
Brian Kenney: Wow, this is going to be a great game! Madison is tough at home, and senior Matt Mulcahy wants to make it a season for the ages. Look for him to run for over 100 yards and score at least once. That being said, this Lakes team is on a mission. Baker to Schicke will be heard several times on Saturday, as the Herd rumbles to victory in a close one. PICK: Lakes 27-21
George Muha: I remember Mt Lakes QB Jack Baker getting his first varsity dunk as a freshman in a playoff game against Madison. Madison ultimately went on to win to advance. I am sure Baker hasn’t forgot that moment and now that he’s three years older, faster, stronger and smarter, look for him to avenge his younger self. PICK: Herd 33-29

West Morris (0-0) @ Mendham (0-1)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: There is no better way to start off the season than with a rivalry game. Between senior tight end Jake Ligos and the Wolfpack’s returning scoring leader, RB Jack DiPietro with another year under is belt, I’m expecting an epic bus pic from Pack. PICK: West Morris 37-7
Brian Kenney: Mendham hung for a little while with a very good Montville team last week. Unfortunately they will not have an answer for Jake “The Great” Ligos. Kid is a beast. Rumor has it he eats two dozen eggs for breakfast with bacon and some sort of fruit and he still has good cholesterol. Either way, look for Ligos to score once in this one and lead the way blocking for another score. Anthony Ruggiero will record at least two sacks in this one for the Wolfpack as well. PICK: WMC 24-10
George Muha: There are going to be two words Mendham is going to have nightmares about on Saturday night and those two words are: Joey Vazquez. The senior defensive back will have at least 12 tackles and 1 INT as they deliver the Minutemen their second home loss in as many weeks. PICK: WMC 40-12

Morristown-Beard (1-0) @ Immaculate Conception (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales : MoBeard won in style last week and I expect Deven Soto and Nate Panza to dominate on the offensive side again! Can the D pitch a shutout two weeks in a row? I double-dog-dare you! PICK: Morristown-Beard 21-0
Brian Kenney: The Beard ain’t scared of the road! Coming off a nice win last week, their O-Line will continue to pave the way for Beard backs to get to the promised land. Look for Nate Pan-zone to score three times in this one. PICK: Beard 34-20
George Muha: Look for the Nate Panza Party to continue for MoBeard as they take down Immaculate in front of their home crowd. PICK: Beards 35-25

Fort Lee (1-0) @ Sussex Tech (1-0)

Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I have a feeling Fort Lee wasn’t playing Fortnite this off-season. Hopefully Brendan Hall uses this prediction to fuel his fire. PICK: Fort Lee (21-20).
Brian Kenney: Check the Techhies out! Winning their first game in a blowout and gaining some confidence along the way. They will have a tougher time this week against Fort Lee, but look for Brendan “Deck the” Hall to run for a buck twenty and two scores as Tech stays undefeated. PICK: Tech 27-19
George Muha: The Techies have only been to the playoffs once in their lives. Now that they have gone 1-0, they have a lot of momentum. I see RB/DE Danny Petrasek to will his way on both sides of the ball to ensure the Mustangs go 2-0. PICK: Sussex Tech 33-28

How We Predicted Them Last Week

Kevin 10-4 (71.42%)
Brian 11-3 (78.57%)
George 9-5 (64.28%)

About the Predictors

Kevin Saum is a former captain of the West Morris Central Wolfpack and founder of the Heads ‘N Tales Podcast where he interview’s amazing athletes who’ve discovered the true meaning of toughness through adversity.  Have an opinion about Kevin’s picks? Tell him what you think via his Twitter handle:  @headsntalespod

Brian Kenney is a Hanover Park alumni who really has nothing to do with high school sports. But he’s George Muha’s oldest friend and while he’s a better lawyer than high school football predictor, George gets a kick out of his comments and nicknames. Have an opinion about Brian’s picks? Tell him what you think via his Twitter handle: @bdk29

George Muha is a Hanover Park alumni who has been covering high school football for nine years. George is the founder of MSS and is also on the board of the Greater Morris Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

George Muha is a Hanover Park alumni who has been covering high school football for ten years. George is the founder of MSS and proud board member of the Greater Morris Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Have an opinion about George’s picks? Tell him what you think via his twitter handle: @UnrulyFan

2 Comments

  1. SCIL Fan

    September 7, 2018 at 7:23 am

    LOL C’mon Guys- Parsippany Hills over River Dell? Par Hills just got crushed by Paramus last week, who gets crushed every year by River Dell (all they do is win state titles). River Dell will win by 4 TDs.

    • Morris Sussex Sports

      George

      September 7, 2018 at 8:44 am

      LOL, you keep busting on us on non SCIL teams! Either way, PH has the weapons. I guess we all think think this is their weekend! 🙂

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