2018 Academic Resources Football Predictions for Week 5

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

Kinnelon (1-4) @ Boonton (2-2)
*Morris Sussex Sports will be broadcasting live from this game.
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: The Boonton run game led by Joe Cannizzaro and his offensive line will control the game clock in this one. PICK: Bombers 23-15
Brian Kenney: The Boots are on a roll thanks to the O-Line firing on all cylinders and paving the way for the backs to run for three miles a game. Kinnelon’s Antone Kasabi will hold his own and run for a buck twenty and at least one score in the loss. PICK: Boonton 34-20
George Muha: Kinnelon knows they must win this game and they will be playing it like it’s a playoff game…because it basically is. Although Rymarz, Nelson and company will stretch the field, I don’t think there is a hotter player in Morris-Sussex right now than Boonton’s Joe Cannizzaro. Make no bones about it though, it will be a battle as the Colts are a lot better than their record indicates. But I am putting my money on Joe and the Boots (actually, that’s not a bad name for a band). PICK: Bombers 35-30

Ridgefield (0-3) @ Butler (3-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: If Evan Smith can have a similar day through the air to last week, I think the Bulldogs come out with the win. PICK: Butler 21-14
Brian Kenney: The Bulldogs are playing well and will right the ship after a tough loss last week. I think Steven Schubert will hit at least two field goals in this one. PICK: Butler 27-10
George Muha: Everybody chillax about Butler. I know they got handled by Hasbrouck but that team is a buzz saw and I’d actually like to see the Bulldogs have another crack at them. And the way their division is set up, I believe they will. In the meantime, Centinaro and Smith will take care of biz this week. PICK: Dogs 40-18

Chatham (1-3) @ Dover (0-5)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I think the Tigers are going to give the Cougars a run for their money, but I think Chatham wins this cat fight…meowww. PICK: Cougs 32-21
Brian Kenney: Dover continues to struggle but they will put up a fight this week at home against Chatham. Who would win in an actual fight between a Cougar and a Tiger? I have no clue. I think they would just growl at each other and sulk away in real life. This is a toss up, but I’m going to go for the upset at home and pick the Tigers. PICK: Dover 24-23
George Muha: If you want get pumped up, you have to listen to my podcast interview with Ross Moss as he talks about his championship season in 1992 when he was QB of the Dover Tigers. It’s an intense story as they went 11-0 to go the distance and Roy’s memory is incredible as he recounted every game. I do think Luke “Ray” Agnew and the Chatham Cougars will come out on top, but the Tigers won’t make it easy. PICK: Chatham 33-28

Wallkill Valley (5-0) @ High Point (2-2)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: My Dudesssss! Been picking Wallkill since Week 1 so why would I change now?! Can Justin Rivera rush for over 2 bills again? We shall wait and see. PICK: Wallkill Boys 27-17
Brian Kenney: The Valley is having themselves a season and High Point is coming off a nice win last week. Justin Rivera will prove too much for the Pointers to handle this week, as he rushes for almost 200 yards and at least two scores. PICK: WV 21-17
George Muha: This will be the biggest test to date for Wallkill. But with the way Justin “Mariano” Rivera is playing, I don’t think the Pointers will be able to stop them. PICK: Rangers 35-28

Kittatinny (4-1) @ Lenape Valley (3-2)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: The Kittatinny O has a ton of weapons and they seem to have found their groove although I think the LV makes them earn it on the road. PICK: Kittatinny 14-12
Brian Kenney: This is going to be a fantastic game. While Gavin Coles will rush for almost 150 yards and two scores for the Valley, James Franco will account for two touchdowns for the Kitts and their defense that will make a stop when it needs to in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. PICK: Kits 20-14
George Muha: I love how Lenape is scraping together wins despite losing a ton of key guys to injuries, etc. But Kittatinny is coming into town like a steam roller. I don’t think the Pats or anyone else has an answer for Jake Mafaro and company. PICK: 48-32

Par Hills (3-2) @ Madison (2-2)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Between JD Breslauer throwing darts all over the field and Jordan Thompson and Angelo Varcadipane flying around the field like their hair is on fire, I am going with the Vikings in this one. PICK: Par HIlls 35-23
Brian Kenney: I have to say Madison pulled it together to win last week but now they are facing a Par Hills team that has found its groove. JD will hit his main targets Wilson and Sallie, but it will be Jordan Thompson and Angelo Varcadipane who will tackle everyone wearing maroon to seal the victory. The “Greatest Show on Turf” (Par Hills) will squeak out a close one in Dodger Country. PICK: Par Hills 35-27
George Muha: Get ready football fans, this game pits two of the most exciting QB’s in Morris-Sussex in Par Hills QB JD Breslauer and Madison QB Jack O’Hearen. Both of these guys have proved they can throw 400-yards in a game and I anticipate a shootout. This will be a fun one to watch. I’m going with Par Hills. PICK: Vikings 42-41

Mendham (1-3) @ Millburn (2-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Luka Gotsadze from Millburn likes to rip lips at the local fishing hole when he isn’t ripping though tackles on the field. Believe it or not, non-competitive outlets outside your sport may actually improve your performance on the field. Finding balance can go a long way. PICK: Millburn 21-18
Brian Kenney: This is a tough one to call. Mendham has shown flashes this season but Millburn at home is tough. Coach Ressler will be pulling out all the stops and working in some new plays this week, but in the end Millburn wins the barn burner. PICK: Millburn 20-13
George Muha: Me and our broadcasting team went through Mendham’s roster when they played Sparta the other week and player-to-player, they ranked better than the Spartans. The Minutemen have great athletes up and down their roster. Just start rattling off names and you’d agree – Petrucci, Murphy, Schmeal, Higgins, Armijo…every player is a stud. Why that isn’t translating to more dubs is a bit puzzling. Perhaps they are griping the steering wheel a little too tight. Winning will help them play a little looser down the stretch. I anticipate that happening this week. PICK: Mendham 35-20

Montville (4-1) @ Whippany Park (0-5)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Turn that 9 upside down and Deen Ninche reminds me of a young Mohamed Sanu from my days at Rutgers. I hope Whippany Park is putting two guys on him this week. PICK: Montville 32-14
Brian Kenney: The Stangs were upset last week in shocking fashion and are looking to regroup and retool against Whippany Park, who, unfortunately, is having a tough season. Look for “Mean” Deen Ninche to record a dozen tackles in this one for the ‘Stangs as their defense dominates. PICK: Montville 45-13
George Muha: Montville gets a huge pass from me for last week’s loss to MoHills. They went through a tough week after finding out one of their former players was in a bad car accident and they just weren’t themselves. We are going to look back at this week as the defining moment for the rest of the year. I think there is a new fire in the Mustang’s eyes and I see them coming into this weekend like a bat out of hell and not stopping until the season is over. PICK: Stangs 50-28

West Morris (2-2) @ Mount Olive (2-2)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Mendham is WMC’s biggest rival, but I have to believe MO is a close second making this matchup an exciting one. The Wolfpack did it through the air and on the ground in their win against Northern Highlands last week and I think they take that momentum into this one. PICK: Wolves 24-21
Brian Kenney: I did not see Mount Olive at 2-2 this point in the season. This week they need to figure out who they are and what direction their season is going to go. Flynn Brown will take this one over for Mount Olive and lead the Olives to victory. PICK: Mt. Olive 28-21
George Muha: This is a great match-up at the Ship! I wish this game was earlier in the year because I think MO is nursing too many injuries and the Wolfpack are healthy and ready to go. With that in mind, I am going to the visiting team. PICK: WMC 34-21

Parsippany (2-3) @ Mountain Lakes (3-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I really like the confidence QB Jack Baker has in his receivers to get up and win jump balls deep down field. PICK: Mountain Lakes 32-21
Brian Kenney: The Herd’s season is gaining momentum. Parsippany isn’t going to go down without a fight, but it’s going to be tough in the friendly confines of Herd Stadium. Jason Luzzi will collect a ton of tackles for the Herd in this one. PICK: Herd 39-13
George Muha: Mountain Lakes skill guys get all the love. But without their stellar linemen led by guys like Conrad Christ and John Waggoner, no one’s getting any headlines. Parsippany will give the Herd a run for the money, but it will be the hogs up front that will be the difference. PICK: Herd 35-30

North Warren (1-4) @ Newton (5-0)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I’ll take a Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a Kaiser roll please. Hold the SPK. PICK: Newton 37-18
Brian Kenney: Newton keeps winning. They are all about going to State this year. Jimmy Harding will have himself a day, with 12 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble for the Newtonians. PICK: Newton 49-19
George Muha: Do not look at North Warren’s record and think they are a pushover because they are much better than their record. Patriot’s Danny Palmer, Ryan Walsh and Jimmy Ohara are studs and ending Newton’s 17 game win streak will change their entire season around. The Newtonians will have to work for this one but I think QB Mike Freda is playing redonkulous right now and can’t see him letting them drop this one. PICK: Braves 33-27

Pequannock (2-2) @ Caldwell (2-2)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I like the Charpenter – Sheehan duo in this matchup. PICK: Caldwell 21-18
Brian Kenney: Man, Caldwell breeds football talent. Their youth program is stacked – I don’t even think they have soccer in that town. Kids are given a football helmet when they turn 2 years old. While youth programs numbers are dwindling in New Jersey, Caldwell has more kids signed up than several towns combined. What is the point of this? I don’t know. I think the ‘Quan is up for the challenge but it’s not easy to win on the road in Caldwell, and that may make the difference. Either way, Matt Saptucci will have two TDs in this one. PICK: Caldwell 28-27
George Muha: Pequannock had a big blow dealt to them with the loss of lineman Jack Chobanian who just had ACL surgery this week. But honestly, the kid is so tough I wouldn’t be surprised if he still suits up for this one. If he does, Quan wins. But lucky for Caldwell, I don’t think his mom will let him. PICK: Caldwell 30-21

Roxbury (2-2) @ Randolph (5-0)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: As long as Anthony Sofia doesn’t get stranded on Spitzer Island, I think that Rams continue to roll. PICK: Rams 32-24
Brian Kenney: The Rams are the REAL DEAL. It took me a while, but I get it now. Roxbury had a nice win last week, and Evan Vazquez will run for another 100 plus yards on his way to two scores for the Gaels. But Anthony Sofia will throw a late touchdown to help seal the victory for the Rams in this one. PICK: Rams 35-24
George Muha: It really never matters what the records of each of these teams when they face each other. It’s always a good game. But since Randolph seems to be on a revenge tour of sorts, I see them getting payback from last year’s loss at the hands of the Gaels. Look for Ahmir “The Refrigerator” Perry to record two sacks and a fumble recovery. PICK: Rams 34-21

Vernon (0-5) @ Sparta (4-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: If Sparta’s O-line can open holes for Austin Castorina like last week I think they come out with the W. PICK: Sparta 27-12
Brian Kenney: Vernon is having a tough year, and unfortunately Sparta isn’t going to have much sympathy for them. Austin Castorina scored 5 TDs last week. That is b-a-n-a-n-a-s. He will only hit pay-dirt twice this week, but it won’t really matter. PICK: Spartans 48-14
George Muha: If I’m playing backyard football, one of the first guys I am picking on my team is Vernon’s Jeremy Kayhart. The kid is just the definition of a football player. Too bad the Vikings are having a hard time getting that elusive first dub. Vernon always has a knack for pulling out huge upset (a la against the Pope John team that had Noah Brown in 2014). Can they pull that off here? We’ll see but since sports betting is legal in NJ now, I am going to have to go where the odds are. PICK: Sparta 30-17

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Delbarton (2-3) @ Pope John (0-5)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I haven’t been good at picking either of these two teams this season. Justin Scicchitano, I’m relying on you buddy. PICK: Delby 23-19
Brian Kenney: Wow. Pope John is winless. My buddy Joe D’Onofrio, a PJ alum who played on the O and D line back when the roads weren’t paved and they still wrote on parchment paper, says there is no way the Green Wave beats the Johnnies at home. While I respect Joey D, he has it wrong this time, and I think Delby comes out strong and hangs on to win (barely). PICK: Delby 21-20
George Muha: Pope John will really turn some heads if they can finally get that elusive dub. But I have to go with the hot hand and that is definitely Delby. QB Cole Freeman and WR Michael Jarmolowich are making it look to easy anyways. PICK: Delby 40-29

Hanover Park (1-3) @ Hackettstown (2-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Although they lost to Par Hills, I like what I saw from the Tiger defense in the Hudl recap video. PICK: HTown 24-15
Brian Kenney: The Hornets pulled it all together last week and gained some confidence. Hackettstown lost to a good Par Hills team, and is looking to bounce back. Mike “Fast and Furious” Ferrone and Anthony Salvemini will ignite the HP defense in this one, tackling everyone in sight. Matt Tuli will connect with his main weapon Kyle Junda for at least two scores while Dom Guarino and the rest of the O-line protect the pocket. PICK: HP 27-24
George Muha: Hackettstown and Hanover Park are very similar to me. They both always have tough wrestler-types on their team and no matter what their record, they always play teams tough. H-town has shown some flashes of greatness this year and Matty Castro can make it a long night for the Hornets. But think HP quarterback Matt Tuli really liked the taste of last week’s win and I think he’s going to will his way to another one. PICK: Hornets 30-24

Hopatcong (2-3) @ Sussex Tech (2-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Both teams are coming off losses to two of the hottest teams in Morris Sussex. PICK: Tech 21-18
Brian Kenney: This is a tough one to call. Both teams are under-performing this year, but still showing flashes of what they can be. Tyler Dixon will have a bunch of tackles for the ‘Cong, but I think Sussex Tech will pull this one out at home in a close battle. PICK: Tech 20-17
George Muha: Last week against Wallkill, Sussex Tech’s Bo Maroney played like he was it was a matter of life or death. That boy can lay it on the line. DaCong’s going to have a hard time with Bo but I see Black Corbett and company getting back on track. PICK: DaCong 39-34

Jefferson (1-4) @ Morris Hills (4-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Dominick Rossi and Lucas Novack seem like they are finishing each others sentences and doing karate together in the garage. PICK: Hills 30-20
Brian Kenney: Morris Hills has righted the ship, and J-Town is way better than their record. I think that it’s going to be a battle, and Morris Hills isn’t expecting anything less and will be ready. Dominick Rossi will throw for a TD and run for two more in this one for the Hills. PICK: The Hills 34-27
George Muha: If MoHills played like they did last week, I cannot see them losing another game. Lucas Novack returns his second INT to he house for the second straight week in the win. PICK: Scarlet Knights 44-29

Morris Catholic (2-3) @ Immaculate Conception (4-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I like how Immaculate Conception bounced back last week and pitched a shut out after their only loss of the season. PICK: Immaculate 32-24
Brian Kenney: Morris Catholic is playing well, especially their QB Jeff “The” Chaplin (I mean, it’s a Catholic school, you gotta love his last name). He threw for over 300 yards last week and is a warrior, there is no question. He will have another great game, but I think IC is too much in this one. PICK: IC 35-24
George Muha: Jeff Chaplin and company need to get a dub in a hurry…but I think it might have to wait a week. PICK: Immaculate 28-21

Morristown (1-3) @ Morris Knolls (1-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I think the Eagles come into this one hungry after their loss to Delby. PICK: Knolls 24-18
Brian Kenney: The Vegas odds-makers have Knolls as a 1 point favorite but that is only because they are home. I see this one going either way. I think Morristown’s Joe DePoalo will record a sack and cause a fumble in this one and it will make the difference. PICK: Motown 14-10
George Muha: Knolls faced a buzz saw last week when Delby came to town. I see Chris Tavarone and company bouncing back. PICK: Knolls 30-21

How We Picked Them Last Week

Kevin 16-4 (80.00%)
Brian 16-4 (80.00%)
George 15-5 (75.00%)

How We Are Doing Overall

Kevin 68-34 (66.66%)
Brian 71-31 (69.60%)
George 67-35 (65.68%)

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: @MorrSussSports

One Comment

  1. John Busseno

    October 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Just want to correct you guys on our game with Ridgefield, we are going to be at Dunellen tomorrow because Ridgefield dropped Varsity Football this year due to lack of players. So instead of getting a forfeit from Ridgefield, we picked up Dunellen.

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