Friday Night Lights, September 27
Morris Catholic (0-2) @ Kinnelon (1-1)
George Muha: Getting back to MetLife is the goal for the defending champs, but it will not be easy. But after a tough loss to Mt. Lakes last week, I see Colts’ QB Kyle Presti and RB Liam Nelson bouncing back in a big way under the lights in K-Town. Look for Kinnelon receiver Connor Chiuchiolo to break 100 yards receiving.
PICK: Colts 30-10
Lenape Valley (1-1) @ Sussex Tech (2-0)
George Muha: Lenape Valley did not like the taste of last week’s 29-17 loss to Jefferson. Patriot QB Ryan Pangborn will be hucking the ball over the place while lineman Michael Conrad will keep Sussex Tech’s defense in check, in a huge bounceback game for Lenape.
PICK: LV 30-14
Kittatinny (2-0) @ Newton (1-2)
George Muha: I really think Garrett Armstrong and the Kittatinny clan are starting to make a name for themselves in this division. The second half of their season will prove to be the test for this Cougar group but they’ll be 3-0 after this one. Newton gun slinger Adrian “A-Rod” Rodriguez completes 15 passes for 150 yards in the loss.
PICK: Kittatinny 35-10
Morris Knolls (1-1) @ High Point (0-2)
George Muha: Morris Knolls QB Joe Leonardis is basically the RGIII of Morris Sussex. No one does the read-option better then this kid. He’s running this offense like butter which is allowing guys like MSF Player of the Week Mike Sweeney and “Sticky Hands” Tremayne Blair to make big plays.
PICK: Morris Knolls 35-10
Hopatcong (1-1) @ North Warren (1-1)
George Muha: Clarke to Rogers basically shaping up to be like Manning to Welker. These two guys are gellin’ like Magellan while stud back Johann Lara is rushing like a maniac. North Warren had a nice bounceback game against Wallkill Valley, and RB Scotty Palmer busted out on some nice runs. This will be a battle and I wouldn’t be suprised if it goes to overtime.
PICK: Da ‘Cong 48-45
Montville (1-1) @ Mount Olive (0-2)
George Muha: Mount Olive is having a tough year so far but they have the horses up front to get it done. Look for big man Ethan Weiss to open the run game for the
Marauders. But things are coming together for Montville QB Booker McClean. I wouldn’t be suprised if the Mustangs make it two in a row. Keep an eye out for freshman linebacker Ty “Typhoon” Teresa to get some varsity dunks sometime soon.
PICK: Stangs 21-6
Mountain Lakes (2-0) @ Pequannock (1-1)
George Muha: Unfortunately, Pequannock has two tough games in a row coming off a 13-33 loss to Hopatcong. The Mt. Lakes ground attack of Lesko and Cuccinello is all the rage and will continue to do well for the Herd’s winning ways.
PICK: Da Herd 35-19
Roxbury (2-0) @ West Morris (1-1)
George Muha: It never matters what kind of personel make up these rosters when these two teams match up. This game pits arch rivals Coach Cosmo Larusso of Roxbury against Coach Kevin Hennelly of WMC. Both coaches have multiple rings, both coaches have coached D1 players and both coaches are defending state champions. I see this one as a high scoring, hard hitting affair that will go to the final whistle.
PICK: Wolfpack 45-44
Wallkill Valley (0-2) @ Boonton (1-1)
George Muha: Two words, Hakim Rowe! Two more, Josh Corporan. These two defensive studs are the reason why this Boonton team isn’t bombing like years past. I believe this Bomber team has the goods to be a major player in this division. Look for them to take this one handily and upset a big name later on in the season.
PICK: Boonton 30-14
Delbarton (1-1) @ Randolph (1-1)
George Muha: Now this is a matchup! Randolph is flying high after a huge division win against WMC 21-7 cemented by a key pick-6 by Brenan Corcoran. The Ram fans will be out in droves to see their beloved team continue their winning ways under the lights. But Delbarton is basically insane this year. Matt Oplinger is a huge factor on defense while I don’t think any defense in the division can contain the running attack of senior Rob Aranchio and the lightning fast sophomore pheonom Andrew Sanders (15 carries for 170 yards and a TD last week against Mendham).
PICK: Delby 21-19
Jefferson (2-0) @ Dover (0-2)
George Muha: There is nothing more Dover needs right now is to win this weekend. If Dover wants to get to the playoffs this year they need to score more points and their defense has to not allow as many points. On the other side of the field, Jefferson is starting to look extra crispy. JR Reese made minced meat of a very solid Lenape Valley team last week and there is nothing the Falcons want more is to be playing at MetLife come December.
PICK: Jefferson 30-13
Hackettstown (0-2) @ Parsippany (0-2)
George Muha: The H-Town running game behind Renne, Puccetti and Milelli are combining for a ton of yards per game. Combine that with a solid defense behind junior Noah “Awesome” Aussems, and I say that equals a win under the lights in Parsippany.
PICK: Tigers 28-20
Saturday Games, September 28
Morristown (0-2) @ Chatham (0-2)
George Muha: Motown’s losing ways will end this week. Look for Colonial defenders Anton “The Butcher” Buchner and Justin “The Karate Kid” Danielson to hold the Cougars to no points. Motown QB Dallas McCall will pass for two TDs and run for one in a decisive win.
PICK: Motown 28-0
Butler (2-0) @ Whippany Park (1-1)
George Muha: Whippany Park QB Dante Stefanelli is giving the Wildcats something to get excited about after a 35-29 shootout against Morris Catholic last week . A win against Butler will really change the tide of the whole season for the Whip. But Butler’s Travis Canty is playing like he’s from another solar system. His name should really be “Travis Yes He Can”!
PICK: Butler 40-21
Vernon (0-2) @ Sparta (2-0)
George Muha: Somehow nobody is talking about Sparta but they blew away their first two opponents 78-15! Quarterback Matt Seville and runningback Lucas Faria have not even put this mother into fifth gear yet so look for these guys to continue to roll through the division.
PICK: Sparta 42-10
Morris Hills (1-1) @ Pope John (2-0)
George Muha: What a week MoHills had last week! First, three year starting QB Willy Hansen announces that he’s leaving to go to Paramus Catholic on the eve of the unveiling of the new turf field. Then RB Jose Delgado bursts for 120 yards and three scores in a big win over Montville. Then they realize they basically have to play a Division 1 university in Week 3 against Pope John. Look, things are looking up for MoHills and I honestly think there is no reason the Red Knights can’t make the playoffs; like Delgado professed in his press conference this week. But they’ll just need to get through this week and then forget about it when its all said and done. The MoHills game plan should be try not to get hurt and see if they can get a few autographs.
PICK: Johnnies 54-19
Hanover Park (1-1) @ Madison (2-0)
George Muha: Madison QB AJ Schmitz, who is Morris Sussex’s version of Johnny Football, is making the loss of Justin Goodwin much more pallatable for the Dodger faithful. Schmitz has been deadly through the air and with his feet. Hanover Park always plays this game tough so look for Hornet defenders Preziorsi, Kenney and Panek to keep Schmitz in check. Madison keeps the streak going, but the Hornets make it sting!
PICK: Dodgers 21-17
Mendham (1-1) @ Parsippany Hills (2-0)
George Muha: Okay, here is the skinny on this game: Par Hills is basically insane. Their defense is one of the main reasons why the Vikings have outperformed opponents 77-7. But Mendham are no slouches. Yes, they did just lose to Delby 28-0. But forget that. They made a ton of penalties and had a few tough breaks. But they actually showed some signs that they can hang with good teams if they just play mistake free. Par Hills will win this one, but Mendham QB Jack Horan will continue to impress with his arm and legs.
PICK: Par Hills 35-28
Mo-Beard (3-0) @ Bergen Tech (2-1)
George Muha: When Crimson linebacker Cole Steinfeldt steps off the bus on to Knights campus, he is going to give a long hard stare at the opposing team, grind his teeth and give a snarky, “Hellooooo Bergen….Tech”. Steinfeldt’s team has proved that this by no means is a show about nothing this year. In fact, this is shaping up more and more like this season won’t end until December. Runningback Alex Borowiec may be unemployed and live with his parents, but the Tech will wish he stayed home when this one is over. There will be no soup for Bergen Tech when the final whistle blows!
PICK: Mo-Beard 40-25