Week 6 brings a lot of action from Morris and Sussex counties including the battle of the undefeated Mt. Lakes Herd and the Butler Bulldogs.
Friday Night Games
Pequannock (1-4) @ Whippany Park (2-3)
George Muha: It was nice to see Luke regain his Foukas (why does that not get old) last week for Penquannock’s first win. But the Whip is gunning for their first winning season since Carter. Look for the Wildcats defense led by The Nick Bros (Falkman & Castano) to have their way with the Golden Panthers. Tom “Rock The” Vogt and Angelo “Marsh” Ciaramello to add two sacks and a pick respectively.
PICK: Whip 20-10
Brian Kenney: Pequannock is going to continue to ride the momentum from last week’s win and pull out a close one thanks to over a hundred yards on the ground by Luke Foukas.
PICK: Pequannock 21-20
Lenape Valley (5-0) @ Newton (1-4)
George Muha: Newton will need to be Brave in this one. Word on the street is if Lenape Valley doesn’t play Madison soon Jimmy Braun’s head is going to explode.
PICK: Pats 35-7
Brian Kenney: The Valley is looking really tough to beat this year, and Newton isn’t going to be the one that takes them down yet. Look for LV’s Rafferty to score 3 TDs in this one.
PICK: LV 45-12
Morris Hills (2-3) @ Mount Olive (3-2)
George Muha: Mount Olive’s Brian “BB Gun” Bernard and Justin “Boom Boom” Mancini usually keep things under control from a defensive standpoint. But MoHills has two things going for them; 1) They have averaged 50 points per game in their last two outings and 2) they are playing for their playoff lives right now. Look for runningbacks Little Steven Rome and Kyle “Hard” Corry to avenge Eric Turner’s injury with a W.
PICK: MoHills 52-45
Brian Kenney: Mount Olive’s QB Mike Moran can spread the ball around and will do so against Morris Hills but Hills’ RB combo of Kyle Corry and Steve “When in” Rome will gallop for over 200 yards and a few scores in a Hills’ win.
PICK: MH 35-28
Morristown (1-4) @ Randolph (4-1)
George Muha: I can tell you right now, I would not want to be a player on a Chris Hull team that is 1-4. If any coach can squeeze water out of wood, and turn this season around its him. But the way Sean “Pork Chop” Murphy is catching and Frank “Adam Vinatieri” Raggo is kicking it, I don’t see Randolph dropping this one.
PICK: Rams 35-10 (Raggo nails a 40-yard plug field goal)
Brian Kenney: Randolph has kind of surprised me this year, they are much better than I thought they would be. Morristown’s QB will be asked to “Do Mas” than ever this week but Randolph’s ground attack will be too much for Motown.
PICK: Randolph 34-12
Mendham (0-5) @ Roxbury (4-1)
George Muha: Mendham’s line, behind Matt “Michael J.” Fox, Matty “The Squad King” Kuhn and Johnny “Tofu” DeTufo, have the ability to push any defense around. Their offense just needs a little bit of confidence to get some momentum. Problem is, Donny “Fancy” Panciello and Dillon “Chocolate Egg Claire” Artigliere need to blow off some steam from their Delbarton loss.
PICK: Roxbury 28-6
Brian Kenney: Roxbury is mad, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. They were pummeled by Delby last week and poor Mendham is going to suffer the consequences. Panciello will run like a man possessed and score three TDs in this one.
PICK: Night at the Rox – 42-7
North Warren (3-2) @ Boonton (2-3)
George Muha: What do you do when your in a two game losing streak and need an emergency win? You call Triple AAA of Boonton (AKA Andrew Roeting, Albert Tyma and Alan Hill). Look for Triple AAA to play shut down defense and to quiet the Pats. North Warren’s Jon Davalos will still run for a C-note but it won’t be enough.
PICK: Boonton in the upset 30-21
Brian Kenney: Boonton’s home field advantage isn’t going to do them much good in this one. North Warren has played erratic at times during the year, but they will have a good game in this one. Look for Jon Davalos to run for another hundge in a win.
PICK: NW 20-14
Mountain Lakes (5-0) @ Butler (5-0)
George Muha: This game is loaded with all the big names. For Lakes you got guys like Zoom Zoom Egbuchulam, Sam “I Am” Walsh and Mike “The Samurai” Sammarro. On the Bulldogs side you’ve got a defense simply called The Dog Pound; led by leading tackler Glenn “Ray Lewis” Reger, sackmaster Nick “The Minister of Defense” Kapusta and interception leader Jason “The Vacuum” DeLattiboudere. But make no mistake, this game will be won in the air with a shootout between Mt. Lakes gunslinger Chris Herring and Butler’s bazooka blowing Chris Heredia.
PICK: Butler 45-44
Brian Kenney: Zoom Zoom is back! Did they even throw a pass last week? They gave him the rock 31 times. If Butler spends their week planning for ways to stop Zoom Zoom (and they have, I’m sure) then it could be a long day for the Lakes’ squad. I think Chris Heredia, who only threw 9 passes last week and connected on 8 of them (he is like the opposite of Mark Sanchez), will make some keys throws and be the difference in this one.
PICK: Butler 35-28
Hackettstown (3-2) @ Dover (1-4)
George Muha: Hackettstown’s receiver Greg Castillo would like to bounce back from the Tigers loss to Madison. But its do or die for Kye “Never Say Die” Desimone and James “Won’t Quit” Quiles. I see the Dover Tigers digging deep in front of their home crowd to keep their playoff hopes alive.
PICK: Dover 25-21
Brian Kenney: I was impressed with Dover’s all-around performance last week and I think they ride the Scalley Train to another W this week.
PICK: Dover 21-17
Hopatcong (3-2) @ Kinnelon (3-2)
George Muha: Hopatcong’s Johann Lara is rushing his way into the record books. But the Greatest Show On Turf continues to razzle dazzle. This group totally reminds me of the 1999 Champion St. Louis Rams. Sean Robbins plays the role of Kurt Warner, Eric Clement is Marshall Faulk, while Sean Walsh and Joe Presti play Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt respectively.
PICK: Rams…I mean Colts 35-21
Brian Kenney: I see Sean “Tony” Robbins giving an inspirational speech to his squad in an important game this week and his play will motivate as well. Of course, Kinnelon better figure out how to stop Johann Lara as well.
PICK: K 28-21
Jefferson (4-1) @ Madison (4-0)
George Muha: If Jefferson wants to get a taste of what the postseason is going to be about, they will find out this weekend against Madison. Defensive back, receiver, author Dan Brown will need to rally his secret society Illuminati if the Falcons want to capture the Holy Grail. Justin Good-Win and Carson “Flux Capacitor” Lassiter will help the Dodgers make it to their 30th win in a row.
PICK: Dodgers 45-21
Brian Kenney: This is going to be a great one! Mr. “Goodwin” is pumped up for J-Town and is looking to run roughshod all over them. Meanwhile Jefferson’s Danny Brown will be busy making tackles in the defensive backfield and that isn’t a good thing. JR Reese will throw for a couple of scores but in the end Madison’s defense will bend but not break.
PICK: Dodgers 35-31
Kittatinny (2-3) @ Parsippany (0-5)
George Muha: Parsippany put up their first points of the game against Lenape Valley last week. Look for their little successes to build upon themselves. But Kyle Potten and the Kittatinny Cougars are looking to bounce back from their two game losing streak.
PICK: Kittatinny 30-7
Brian Kenney: Parsippany’s QB Max “Montgomery” Burns will light a fire under his squad but Kittatinny is just better.
PICK: Kitt 28-7
High Point (0-5) @ Sparta (4-1)
George Muha: Sparta’s linebacker Randy “Thank You” May “I Have Another” is looking get to get the Spartans loss to Pope John off his chest. Look for the Jake “Herman” Melville to Zach “Efron” Davis connection to link up for 100 yards and two scores.
PICK: Sparta 34-14
Brian Kenney: Despite the fact my picks were awful last week I am pretty confident Sparta will bounce back from last week’s loss and win big here. Jake “Herman” Melville played great in the loss and will continue to expand his resume this week in the win.
PICK: Sparta 42-6
Riverdale NY (1-3) @ Hanover Park (3-2)
George Muha: If Riverdale hasn’t heard of him yet, they will certainly know who Anthony “Large Mouth” Bassolino is after this weekend. Nobody runs tougher than #4 in the black and gold.
PICK: Hornets 30-12
Brian Kenney: I think this game is actually being played on Friday night and I will be there. HP needs a victory badly, and the random prep school from NY is going to be a cakewalk for the Hornets, who are swarming mad after last week’s debacle.
PICK: HP 35-14
Wallkill Valley (1-4) @ Morris Catholic (0-5)
George Muha: The Crusaders may be 0-5 but they are a young team building for the next two years. Look for them to get Wallkill on the ropes. But Calvin “The Karate Kid” Kassarate will pull of some last second heroics for the win.
PICK: Wallkill 19-12
Brian Kenney: Honestly, this is anyone’s game and Morris Catholic has shown signs of life this year. I don’t know who is going to win, but I’ll go with the upset.
PICK: MC 12-7
West Morris (3-2) @ Chatham (0-5)
George Muha: If this was a lacrosse match I’d be picking Chatham all day long. But this year is just not shaping up for the Cougars footballwise. Look for Miles Austin Roland to add to his rushing totals in a Wolfpack win.
PICK: WMC 30-17
Brian Kenney: The Cougars just don’t have any teeth this year. They will do what they can this week at home against a decent West Morris club but it won’t be enough. Jon “Guts” Gutowski will run and throw for scores in this one.
PICK: WM 24-12
Vernon (3-2) @ Pope John (4-1)
George Muha: This matchup is The Pope vs. The Pope…Matt “The Pope” Popek vs. Pope John that is. Look for Popek and Justin “Live Action” Dinelle to try to take the steam out of this Lions team. But don’t think for a second that Jeremy “Ed Reed” Rodriguez will allow his Johnnies to lose this one.
PICK: Pope John 30-21
Brian Kenney: Pope John is going to bring Vernon back to earth. And it won’t be pretty. Noah Brown is going to be all over the field on offense and defense and Sonny “And Cher” Abramson is going to throw for at least 150 yards in a big win for PJ.
PICK: PJ 45-21
Montville (2-3) @ Morris Knolls (1-4)
George Muha: John “Jetpack” Jaspersen is doing a great job trying to get Montville on the right track. But he’ll have a tough time getting his Mustangs to contain Mr. Everything Slick Nick Patterson. Last week the senior recorded 353 yards rushing, 5 touchdowns, an interception, threw for 2 TDs, had 6 sacks, announced the game, conducted the band at halftime and filled in as offensive coordinator.
PICK: Morris Knolls 30-24
Brian Kenney: Knolls’ Bill Regan has been coaching long enough to get his players to respond when they really need a win. It may not be enough, but expect Knolls to leave it all out on the field this Saturday. Nick Patterson is going to be lights out again this week and they will win in a mild upset.
PICK: MK 24-20
Delbarton (4-1) @ Parsippany Hills (4-1)
George Muha: I am telling you right now, Delbarton has not seen a passing attack like Par Hills’. If you ever watch them, they come right at you on the first play of the game with crisp routes and pinpoint throws. However, Delby has the aerial prowess to keep up with the Vikings. I see this as a high scoring affair.
PICK: Par Hills 45-40
Brian Kenney: Did somebody say “Game of the Week”? Delby will be riding last week’s Player of the Week Mike Bicknese as far as he can take them against the Hills’ Tyler “Phil” Simms. It should be a fun game to watch, and the ball is going to be flying all over the place. I wonder if Bicknese, who was interviewed last week, listens to mellow music like Jack Johnson or is he an Explosions in the Sky guy. Off topic, ever since I watched the movie/TV show “Friday Night Lights” I can’t get enough Explosions. That being said, not a band I would want to see in concert. Anyway, Bick coupled with Jamie White’s explosiveness off the ball and a solid defense makes me wonder how Delby lost a game this year. I think Par Hills and Mr. Simms are going to have their hands full in close one.
PICK: Delby 28-24
Immaculate Conception (1-4) @ MoBeard (3-2)
George Muha: I’d like to see Malik Valentine rush for 300 yards this week. A few Morris Sussex Players have done it and I feel like he’s poised to this weekend.
PICK: MoBeard 34-12
Brian Kenney: Morristown Beard is playing well this year, and their home field advantage is going to help as well.
PICK: MB 35-16
Sussex Tech (2-3) @ Newark Academy (0-4)
George Muha: I hate seeing a football team forfeit a game because of lack of healthy players. That’s happened to Newark Academy twice. If the game is played, DJ Jazzy Johnson will run for 200 yards and 3 TDs.
PICK: Sussex Tech 30-10
Brian Kenney: Sussex Tech is always a crap shoot for me, because I don’t know much about them. I think I usually pick for them to lose to be honest. Newark Academy, I didn’t even know they had a football team. I don’t think they do either. So I’m going to go with the Tech, let’s hope I don’t jinx them!
PICK: ST: 21-7
How We Did Last Week
George Muha 14-5 (73.68%)
Brian Kenney 11-8 (57.89%)
How We’re Doing Overall
George Muha 73-25 (74.48%)
Brian Kenney 67-31 (68.36%)
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