Friday Night Lights, October 4
Boonton (2-1) @ Hopatcong (1-2)
George Muha: The Chief’s have all the attributes of an awesome team. They got the stud QB with a monster arm in Ryan Clarke, the stallion runningback in Johann Lara and physical specimen linebacker in John Yanko. But they’be been on the ropes a few times this year and I believe they need to get their confidence back up. The problem is, Boonton is flying high from some early season momentum. Plus, they are knocking teams out with pure heart. I’m going to go with Hopatcong, but Boonton will get their pound of flesh.
PICK: The Cong 30-28
Kinnelon (2-1) @ Butler (3-0)
George Muha: Since entering this league, Butler has completely owned Kinnelon mostly by throwing a ton of yardage on them and blowing out the score. But this year, Kinnelon is going to avenge those prior years. Not taking anything away from Butler’s balanced attack of Ryan Cirillo on the ground and Glenn Reger to Nick Ballistreri through the air. But the Kinnelon Kid, quarterback Kyle Presti, has been getting hotter and hotter with every game and almost has 500 passing yards in three games. Look for Connor “Chi Chi” Chiachiolo to be on the receiving end of most Presti’s passes in a Kinnelon Colts win.
PICK: Kinnelon 45-40
Dover (1-2) @ Hanover Park (2-1)
George Muha: This is a HAVE TO win for both of these teams. Hanover Park had a beautiful win last week, ending Madison’s amazing 39 game winning run. But the Hornets cannot hang their hat on that. Their schedule is insane from here on out so they need every win they can get. For Dover, the season rides on this win. Falling 1-3 is just not an option. Dover did the right thing last week by grinding out stud back George Scalley 36 times for 260 yards and three scores. They’ll need to do the same thing against the Hornets. This one will be a barn burner and I won’t be surprised if it goest to OT.
PICK: Dover 40-39
Newton (1-3) @ Hackettstown (1-3)
George Muha: Newton impressed me with their big win over Hanover Park a few weeks back! This past week Newton’s Ben “Cosmo” Cramer ran for 102 yards, threw for a TD, had five tackles, deflected a pass, conducted the marching band at half time, grilled the hotdogs in the snack shack, raised $20k for the boosters and designed next year’s uniforms.
PICK: Newton 25-17
High Point (0-3) @ Vernon (0-3)
George Muha: The good and bad about this game is that one team will walk away with a glimmer of hope for the rest of their season, while the other’s post season hopes will be grim. The way I see it, Vernon’s linebacker Matt Lisa makes sure he gives his home crowd something to cheer about.
PICK: Vernon 35-28
Parsippany (0-3) @ Jefferson (2-1)
George Muha: Hello…look at Parsippany rusher Andrew Masseffski breaking out for close to 200 yards last week! The Red Hawks will need to continue to ride the Masseffinator if they have any hope this Friday night. Jefferson is like a sleeping giant who got woken up by Dover last week. The Faclon’s are pissed and unfortantely for the Red Hawks, they are going to take the brunt of their fury. Look for Jefferson QB JR Reese and RB Kyle Neuschatz to bounce back in a huge way.
PICK: Jefferson 45-20
Pope John (3-0) @ Montville (1-2)
George Muha: In case you have not been paying attention, Pope John QB Sonny Abramson is one of the top three quarterbacks in the state right now…and he’s a SOPHOMORE!!! Let me just put this in perspective for you. When I was in my third week of my sophomore year I was such a spazzoid that literally didn’t know what our team record was. In his third week of his sophomore year, Abramson completed 80% of his passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns. Plus he’s the leader on a team that has more college football bound seniors than the rest of Morris Sussex put together. I’m just saying, what this kid is doing is special…and he can’t even drive yet.
PICK: Pope John 50-6
North Warren (2-1) @ Pequannock (1-2)
George Muha: Pequannock, in case you are wondering what North Warren’s game plan is going to be I am going to give you some top secret information. The Patriot’s are going to run it 35 times with Luke Robertson getting the bulk of the carries up the middle and Scott Palmer getting about 25% of the other carries around the corner. Quarterback David Wilbur will throw 10 times and complete about 80% of his passes. Bottom line, these guys aren’t fancy but they are very effective.
PICK: North Warren 35-12
Parsippany Hills (3-0) @ Roxbury (2-1)
George Muha: Par Hill’s has scored 105 points to date and has only let up 14. However, I believe their schedule is just starting to get tough and this will be their first test. Par Hills receiver Austin Ehrenfeld will have over a 100 yards and a score but this one will be a lot closer than the Vikings would like it to be.
PICK: Vikings 21-20
Whippany Park (1-2) @ Wallkill Valley (0-3)
George Muha: I like the make up of this Whippany Park team! I loved that they delivered on my prediction a few weeks ago. Plus, linebacker Mike Poulter is nasty as they come! I am seeing a big game for QB Dante Stefanelli in a big win!
PICK: Da Whip 24-10
Saturday Games, October 5
Morris Catholic (0-3) @ Mountain Lakes (3-0)
George Muha: Not only does Mt Lakes’ RB Zach Lesko come from a famous family (his brother Matt Lesko is the crazy guy government grant informercial guy who wears the jacket with all the question marks), he’s also a total stud on the football field. The problem for opposing offenses is he is just as deadly receiving the ball as running it. Look for the Lesko to get a TD on the ground and two more receiving in front of the Mt. Lakes home crowd.
PICK: Mt. Lakes 40-20
Sparta (3-0) @ Morris Hills (1-2)
George Muha: Can someone give me credit for calling that Sparta was going to be insane this year? How good are these guys? The Spartans have scored 163 points and only allowed 15 (and that’s only after they let the JV get in). But lucky for MoHills, I am going to give them the secret sauce of how to beat them. What you do is triple cover WR Nick Shlala, don’t let RB Lucas Faria get past the line of scrimmage and sack quarterback Matt Seville twelve times. If you can do that, I think you may have a shot at winning. Oh yeah, you’ll have to somehow not get tackled by Randy May, who happens to be in on every single tackle. Sorry MoHills, I am just not feeling it this week.
PICK: Sparta 45-7
Mount Olive (1-2) @ Morris Knolls (2-1)
George Muha: Here me on this, Mount Olive has had their struggles but they are going to sting one of the big boys of this division soon. Defenders like Connor Mears and Ron Spera, who combined for 11 tackles, two sacks and an interception in last week’s 20-0 win against Montville are starting to gel. If the Marauders keep grinding it out with Mike Moran behind the Zach “Masters of the Universe” Heeman and Ethan “Skelator” Weiss, this season can take a turn for the better in a hurry. All that said, Morris Knolls’ RB Mike Sweeney and QB Joe Leonardis are running the read-option offense like Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore of the 49ers. Knolls’ has the hot hand right now so I am going with them. But remember what I said about Mount Olive.
PICK: Knolls 35-26
West Morris (2-1) @ Morristown (1-2)
George Muha: This matchup pits two of Morris County’s long tenured coaches against each other in WMC’s Kevin Hennelly vs. Motown’s Chris Hull. These two respect each other and always play each other tough. No matter what their records are, this is always a big game. However, I love the way Wolfpack RB Connor Thompson is running the ball (11 yards per carry last week!). Look for WMC to eek by in the last quarter.
PICK: Wolfpack 24-21
Randolph (1-2) @ Mendham (1-2)
George Muha: I take a lot of pride in my almost 80% rating for my predictions so I do not pick upsets without careful consideration. So I am going to predict an upset and here’s why. Obviously, Randolph might not like this, but this is no roll over game for them. From my perspective, the only thing getting in Mendham’s way is Mendham. Once they stop with the silly penalties and gain a little confidence, I really believe they can compete with the big boys of this division. Look, Mendham has a solid line that executes, a good run game, one of the best QB’s in the county and a defense that hasn’t let up more than 28 points to two high flying offenses in Delbarton and Par Hills. Yup, I feel good about this pick.
PICK: Mendham 28-14
Lenape Valley (2-1) @ Kittatinny (3-0)
George Muha: Kittatinny’s quarterback Garrett Armstrong is having an awesome season this year so far leading his team to an undefeated record. But I believe Lenape Valley’s Week 2 loss to Jefferson was a turning point for the Patriots. I see them pulling off an upset away this Saturday behind a Ryan Pangborn to Fred Scharnikow passing attack.
PICk: Lenape Valley 24-22
Chatham (0-3) @ Delbarton (2-1)
George Muha: I’d like to see more of a showing from the Delbarton student section. When you guys start playing St. Joe’s, Red Bank Catholic and Pope John in the playoffs, and those student sections do a lot to amp up their teams. I’d like to see the Delby faithful donning morph suits and gorilla outfits and blowing horns and acting like total idiots. That’s your job! You have to prime the pump by supporting your team now. Am I the only one who thinks this??? Anyways, Delbarton’s Bobby Orange runs for 100 yards and two TDs on five carries.
PICK: Delby 40-13
Immaculate Conception (0-3) @ Sussex Tech (2-1)
George Muha: I am not seeing Immaculate Conception completing an Immaculate Reception (sorry, I know that is painfully cheesy). Sussex Tech’s Kyle Bergman and company continue to roll through this schedule.
PICK: Sussex Tech 35-20
MoBeard has a bye this week.
How I’m Predicting Them
Last Week 15-4 (78.94%)
Overall 45-13 ((77.58%)