2018 Academic Resources Football Predictions for Week 6

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 whomever 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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Thursday Night Lights

Sussex Tech (3-3) @ Bergen Tech (0-6)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Lets see if Brendan Hall can keep the momentum going from last week’s rushing attack.  PICK: Sussex Tech 21-18
Brian Kenney: Wow, Brandon Hall owes the O-Line for Tech a few X-box gift cards or something. They made holes a Mack truck could drive through last week, to the tune of almost 250 yards and 3 scores. While Mr. Hall will not ring up more than 150 yards this week, he will still find the endzone twice in a roll. PICK: Tech 34-20
George Muha: The Mustangs have to win out the next three games against Bergen Tech, Immaculate Conception and North Warren to have a chance at the playoffs. Even if they do win out, they still need a little luck from the Power Point gods. Well, they only need to focus on this week at the moment. I think they’ll be fine. I predict Brendan Hall will rush for 150-yards and three scores in the first half. Then in the second half he can go back to making robots or whatever it is he is studying at Tech. PICK: Stangs 34-10

Friday Night Lights

Boonton (3-2) @ Parsippany (2-4)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: If Corey Dempster has another day like last week there is no doubt the Bombers will come out on top. PICK: Bombers 30-15
Brian Kenney: Boonton’s blocking schemes have been working wonders this season and continued to do so last week with Corey Dempster doing so much offensively (and defensively) he got Player of the Week. The Boots are on a roll and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. PICK: Boots 42-24
George Muha: If you want to go to a game this Friday night, go see this one. Both of these teams like to hit hard and play with passion. I think it will come down to a playmaker to do something special. So look for either Parsippany’s Nana Agymang or Boonton’s Corey Dempster to return a punt that will be the difference. PICK: Boonton 33-32

Becton (2-3) @ Butler (4-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I think Butler continues to roll after last week’s win and Even Smith will throw for 300+ yards. PICK: Butler 21-14
Brian Kenney: Butler is getting better and better every week. Look for senior Zack Karelvis to record a couple of game-changing sacks for the Bulldogs as they win a close one. PICK: Butler 17-14
George Muha: Butler QB Evan Smith threw for an unbelievable 20 for 24 passing last week for 258-yards and three TDs. That means he completed approximately 99% percent of his passes. That’s probably a little off because I stink at math but I do know the kid is accurate. Sean Centinaro adds two TDs on the ground in addition to at least three TD passes from Smith that will all but ice the game for the Dogs. PICK: Butler 44-21

Chatham (2-3) @ Parsippany Hills (4-2)
*Morris Sussex Sports will be broadcasting live from this game and the winning team will get a platter of insanely delicious Sloppy Joes from Pascarella Bros in Morristown & Chatham.
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: The Par Hills offense has been a force to be reckoned with all season. PICK: Par Hills 32-21
Brian Kenney: “The Greatest Show on Turf” continues their offensive explosion this week. How many weapons does JD Breslauer have at his disposal? Look for Alan Copeland and David Giraldo to record a combined 30 tackles for the Hills as well. PICK: The Hills 48-27
George Muha: If I were still a defensive end like I was in high school and someone told me that there was a platter of Pascarella Bros Sloppy Joes at stake, I’d literally be the most zoned in player on my team. Anthony and Gino Pascarella have perfected this sandwich. They have the freshest cold cuts, the most amazing rye bread and the best cole slaw in the world dripping out the sides. I can’t even concentrate…what the heck was I talking about? Oh yeah, this game. I think Par Hills will pull it off but the foot of Chatham’s Kristian “Kanga” Roos would scare me if it comes down to a late game field goal. PICK: Par Hills 35-30

Dover (0-6) @ Hackettstown (2-4)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Who will win the cat fight this week between two Tigers? PICK: Hackettstown 32-21
Brian Kenney: Hackettstown is tough at home, and while the Tigers will fight, I think that Matt Castro will not only rush for 150 yards and two scores, but will have a pick-6 and score on that too. Look for the “Z Brothers” Zeb Burke and Zack Jastrzebski to combine for 28 tackles and a couple of sacks for Hackettstown as well. PICK: H-Town 27-13
George Muha: I am going to come out say it – the Tigers will win and you can bank on it! I know, I know…don’t quit your day job Muha! Bottom line here is the H-Town Tigers are still playing for a dim glimmer of playoff hopes and the Dover Tigers are playing for pure pride. While I do think Dover will make it interesting, I see H-Town giving their home crowd the dub. PICK: H-town 44-32

Hanover Park (2-3) @ Ramsey (3-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Winning is contagious. PICK: HP 24-15
Brian Kenney: First of all, I’m not sure how my man Matt Tuli doesn’t get POTW honors after throwing for over 200 yards and 5 TDs and running for another 114 yards, but I digress. The Tuli-to-Junda connection will score twice in this one. Fellow junior Ethan Gayle will run for a hunge and a score as well for HP. I have to say I’m impressed with Hornets sophomore Luca Zirpoli recording a dozen tackles on the defensive line as well. Looks like Luca wants to follow in the footsteps of his old man on the gridiron (although he was not a Hornet)! Hanover Park’s defense still needs to step it up, but they are working hard in that direction. Mikey Ferrone and Zirpoli will combine for 3 sacks this week, while Tony Salvemini records at least 15 tackles and a forced fumble in this one. PICK: HP 34-17
George Muha: While I love that my Hornets are putting up 67-points here and 54-points there, I’d love to see the opponents score under 30-points. Perhaps if defense knew they could go to our newest sponsor Tiki Bowls on Ridgedale Ave after the game and get 10% off by flashing the ad that is on this page, they’d have a little extra motivation to do so.  I trust Coach Fulton has his own plans but we do need to pay our bills so head on over to Tiki Bowls and tell owner Nick Auriemma and Joselph Troise (former HP varsity athlete) that Morris Sussex Sports sent ya!  PICK:  Hornets 45-29

North Warren (1-5) @ Hopatcong (2-4)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Hopatcong looks to bounce back after a tough loss to Sussex Tech. PICK: Hopatcong 21-12
Brian Kenney: North Warren has battled hard in most of their losses, and the ‘Cong has had a rough go of it as well this year. Joe Voitek and Ryan Walsh will account for 3 scores for NW in this one, but in the end MeKhel “Merrill” Hodge will find the endzone and record a couple of sacks to help ‘Cong prevail. PICK: ‘Cong 21-19
George Muha: Hopatcong was really rolling earlier in the season with the Danny Farina-to-Tyler Dixon aerial assault. I think they find each other in this one for two scores as they get their mojo back. PICK: DaCong 33-27

Kinnelon (1-5) @ Pequannock (3-2)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Lets see if Spatucci and company want to give the home crowd one for the ages again this week. PICK: Pequannock 23-15
Brian Kenney: Despite the record, Kinnelon will put up quite a fight Friday night in Pequannock. In the end, Trevor Bunero will take a bubble screen to the house and seal the victory for the ‘Quan. PICK: Pequannock 14-10
George Muha: Kinnelon is the most under-rated team in Morris-Sussex and I think they can totally catch Pequannock sleeping. QB Joey Rymarz will be back, and despite being mathematically out of the playoffs, he’ll be playing for pride. Can Rymarz and company play the spoiler to Pequannock’s postseason hopes? They are definitely capable but I think Quan will pull it off with a late game Octivious Scotton long run. PICK: Panthers 34-32

Vernon (0-6) @ Jefferson (1-5)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: If the Jefferson D plays like they did in the first few games, I think they can come out with the dub. PICK: Jefferson 14-10
Brian Kenney: Vernon has a decent chance at winning this week as Jefferson is coming off a rough loss to Morris Hills and has been reeling the past couple of weeks. Colin Andriolla will run for a buck fifty and two scores but in the end I think J-Town will pull this one out. Look for J-Town QB Matt Johnson to hit David Hanna with a minute left in the game to win it. PICK: Jefferson 21-17
George Muha: Both teams are playing for pride at this point. I can see this actually being a good game but I think the Jeffs will come out ahead. PICK: Jeffs 40-38

Morris Hills (5-1) @ Mendham (2-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Morris Hills has been playing like they want to be the best Scarlet Knights team in NJ all season. PICK: Mendham 21-18
Brian Kenney: Morris Hills is gaining momentum every week, but Mendham is coming off a shoot-out victory over Millburn and is full of confidence going into Friday night. Eric Schmeal ran for over 200 yards for Mendham last week while his buddy Gage “Against the Machine” Armijo ran for over 150 and 3 scores. However, Hills ain’t no Millburn. Besides having to answer to Hills’ offense, they will have to deal with Hills’ defense as well. Lucas Novack and John Schaefer will both have picks in this one, one of them for a touchdown that ices the victory. PICK: Hills 35-24
George Muha: Look at Mendham with their big win last week against Millburn on the foot of super sophomore Seanie Bierals with pretty much a walk-off field goal (remember that kids name). And check them out hosting their first official home night game with their newly installed lights. It appears that a lot of things are coming together for the Minutemen. Oh wait, I forgot they are playing the Morris Hills Scarlet Freak Shows. I do think Mendham has some more winning in them this season, it just won’t be this Friday Night. PICK: MoHills 55-21

Mount Olive (3-2) @ Montville (5-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: At MO I think I’d take the Marauders 9 times out of 10 (that place is electric), but I think Montville wins it in OT. PICK: Montville 24-21
Brian Kenney: Montville bounced back with a shutout over Whippany Park last week, and Mount Olive beat a decent West Morris team. While Mt. Olive’s Chris Cherry will get to Montville’s QB Mike Burke several times this week, the ‘Stangs will find a way to win a close one at home. PICK: Montville 21-14
George Muha: Last week I posted on Instagram that West Morris had an 85% chance of beating MO. It wasn’t meant as a slight to the Marauders as I had some inside info that some key guys might not be able to suit up. I actually think I deserve credit for the fact that MO won since just about the entire starting lineup DM’d me my post along with the final score of their game. I am always happy to eat my prediction, especially if a team digs deep like that to win. Let’s see if they can make me eat this week’s prediction as well as I just think Montville has too much firepower power on offense and special teams for the Marauders to handle. PICK: 44-30

Morris Catholic (3-3) @ Marist (0-5)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Morris Catholic seems like they have found their groove. PICK: MC 32-24
Brian Kenney: Morris Catholic has been playing well of late and beat a decent squad last week. This week they are going to roll, as Jeff “Charlie” Chaplin throws for three more scores and Naim “Otis” Redding runs for a buck twenty and two more. PICK: MC 34-20
George Muha: Congrats to Coach Hack and the Crusaders on last week’s big win over Immaculate Conception. Now lets keep it rolling so you can qualify for the Dance. PICK: Crusaders 40-10

Morris Knolls (2-3) @ Roxbury (2-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: It’s always tough to play at Roxbury on a Friday Night, but I think Knolls pulls this one out in a nail-biter. PICK: Knolls 24-18
Brian Kenney: It’s going to be a heck of a game (and maybe even football weather?) in Roxbury on Friday night. Knolls had a great win over Morristown last week, and I think their confidence will carry them against a rowdy crowd in the ‘Bury this week. Look for Chris Marra and Brydon Gibbs to combine for 240 yards rushing and 3 scores for Knolls. PICK: Knolls 33-27
George Muha: I cannot figure out who Roxbury is yet. Yes, beating MoHills was impressive. But I’d like to see them be a little bit more consistent down the stretch. With that said, I like Knolls in this one. PICK: Golden Eagles 30-21

Morristown (1-4) @ West Morris (2-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: This is the Pack’s first real home game of the season. I think Jack DiPietro kicks it into a whole new gear on the fresh turf field. PICK: Wolfpack 37-21
Brian Kenney: Morristown had a rough loss last week, and while West Morris lost too, they scored some and gained some confidence. Look for Anthony Ruggiero to record 3 sacks in this one as West Morris squeaks out a victory before the hometown frenzied crowd. PICK: WM 23-21
George Muha: In my podcast with Dover’s Roy Moss about his 1992 championship season, he talked about the story of the Hooker Man that comes out of the woods at West Morris Central…or something like that. Regardless, I never heard of that story until Moss told me that and now that he mentions it, there are definitely weird weather/fog patterns that happen at that school. Could that be due to the Hooker Man?  Either way, the Moss interview is awesome to hear for any team that wants some motivation about winning a state championship. He remembers every single little detail about that season and it’s amazingly inspirational for anyone. Regardless, I do think the Hooker Man is going to get the most of Motown. PICK: WMC 33-18

Mountain Lakes (4-1) @ Whippany Park (0-6)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Mountain Lakes has scored at least 40 points in all but one of their games this season. PICK: Mountain Lakes 42-27
Brian Kenney: The Herd is going to stampede Whippany Park. I see The Lakes’ Conrad Christ collecting two sacks and forcing a fumble in this one. PICK: Herd 41-19
George Muha: I’m all in on the Herd now. I even bought my own blue Mission Kercher #44 jersey. PICK: 30-7

Newton (6-0) @ Wallkill Valley (5-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Going with Newton due to the transitive property of sports on this one. PICK: Newton 27-17
Brian Kenney: This is one of the best games scheduled for this week. Wow. The Valley is not an easy place to play, and Newton is going to have their hands full with this one. I flipped a coin and it came up “NEWTON” so I guess that is my pick. Look for Nick Brigante to run for another 100 yards and a score in this one for Newton. PICK: Newton 22-20
George Muha: Is Wallkill renting lights for the second time this year? That’s cool and they deserve them. I do expect the Rangers to be looking to retool after last week’s loss to High Point. But Newton has given no indication that they are letting up on the pedal so I’m putting my chips on the maroon and silver. PICK: Newtonians 40-34

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Seton Hall Prep (4-2) @ Delbarton (3-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: In a close matchup, I’m siding with the home team. PICK: Delby 24-22
Brian Kenney: Wow, the Green Wave is more like a Tsunami these days. The Prep is not going to go quietly in the (day) though. I think that Delby will pull it out, but barely. Daniel Hajjar forces a fumble for Delbarton late in the game to seal the victory. PICK: Delby 20-17
George Muha: Nobody seems to be able to stop Delbarton receiver Mikey Jarmolowich. The Green Wave have been playing impeccable football as of late and I just don’t see the Pirates coming to our house and pushing us around. PICK: 44-30q

High Point (3-2) @ Kittatinny (5-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I think High Point is coming into this one feeling pretty good about themselves after taking down the undefeated Wallkill team last week. PICK: High Point 27-17
Brian Kenney: Kittatinny is coming off a big win last week, but so is High Point. The difference in this one will be the hometown fans for the Kits. J “Money” Mafaro will run for two scores, while Austin “Run some” Seames will catch a 50 yard score to help the Kits pull this one out. PICK: Kits 30-20
George Muha: High Point made a huge statement taking down the mighty Wallkill Valley Rangers. But nobody has been close to containing Kittatinny’s Mafaro. Considering the junior runningback hasn’t even had to play in the second half of the last few games, I just cannot see even High Point (as good as they are) slowing him down. Cougars 34-28

Lenape Valley (3-3) @ Madison (2-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I feel like I never see Matty Mulcahy with his feet on he ground. The dude is always hurdling some defender with his head down. PICK: Madison 35-23
Brian Kenney: Madison has had a couple of uncharacteristic losses this season, and is over it. They are pumped up and will come out firing this week at home. Ryan Luttinger will force a fumble for the Dodgers in this one and Nasir Love will run for 2 scores as Madison rights the ship. PICK: Madison 20-19
George Muha: Look for Matty “Father” Mulcahy to have nearly 200-yards and three touchdowns to keep the Dodgers’ playoffs hopes alive. PICK: Madison 44-39

Riverdale Country, NY (2-3) @ Morristown-Beard (1-4)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I always think there is extra incentive for teams traveling a long way to win PICK: Riverdale 21-18
Brian Kenney: Ugh. These NY teams. I never know how good they are. I know the Beard is having a tough go of it recently, but I think Deven Soto will connect with Major “Applewhite” Jones for two scores in this one through the air. PICK: The Beard 27-26
George Muha: Riverdale is traveling from the Bronx to MoBeard. To them, they might as well be traveling to Ohio which will give the Beards home field advantage. Plus, lineman Patrick Salazar and his big boys up front know they need to win out if they want a chance at the postseason. PICK: MoBeard 30-21

Pope John (0-6) @ Bergen Catholic (5-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I grew up playing in the days when Bergen Catholic Football was one of the top programs in the state and I have a hard time getting that out of my head. PICK: Bergen 35-21
Brian Kenney: Yikes. My old (age and years) friend Joe D’Onofrio, former OL for the Johnnies, said he went to the Pope John game last week and it was tough. I heard a few “back in my day” stories, but the bottom line is that this year should be used as rebuilding year for Pope John while they figure out how to show some appreciation for the guys that have been in the program for years while working on getting some of the youngsters reps in varsity games to build for the future. I have faith that the Johnnies will be back, but BC is going to roll this week. PICK: BC 45-17
George Muha: I really think it’s time for the Johnnies to get a dub. Just give BC a mouth full of Huhn up the middle and mix in a little Hronich-to-Jones. In short yardage situations, line up tackle Gio Potente as a fullback and give him the ball. I’m not a coach for a reason, but I just want my Johnnies to let the Big Bergen Parochials to know that we can play football in Morris-Sussex too. PICK: BC 40-19

Randolph (6-0) @ Sparta (5-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Although I think this is the biggest test yet for the Rams, I think they still grab it by the horns. PICK: Rams 32-27
Brian Kenney: Did somebody say Game of the Week? Wow! This game is going to be bananas. Randolph has been killing it all season, and Sparta is….well, Sparta. Both teams dominated their opponents last week. Sparta has a slight advantage as they are at home. The Rams’ Anthony Sofia will connect with Ryan McDermott for at least one score. However, I think that between Sparta’s O-Line making lanes for Austin Castorina and their defense being led by Ryan Richardson and Sam Bushey, I have to give the edge to the Spartans. Either way it’s going to be a barn burner! PICK: Sparta 30-28
George Muha: Do not think for a second that first year coach Will Nahan is 6-0 because of the luck of the Irish…despite being Irish. One early executive decision he made was hiring OC James Hickey from the college and Don Bosco ranks. Hickey is the reason why the offense is averaging 30+ points a game. While I love what these young Jedi Knights are doing, Frank Marchiano has been the Obi Won Kenobi of Morris-Sussex and is the guy who invented the idea of throwing 40x a game in Morris-Sussex. There is no doubt this is the Game of the Week, and I do think the biggest difference makers will be Sparta’s D-Back Ryan Richardson and receiver Will Cisco. PICK: Spartans 43-42

How We Predicted Them Last Week

Kevin 14-6 (70.00%)
Brian 14-6 (70.00%)
George 15-5 (75.00%)

How We’re Predicting Them This Season

Kevin 82-40 (67.21%)
Brian 85-37 (69.67%)
George 82-40 (67.21%)

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

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