Friday Night Lights, October 18
Boonton (3-2) @ North Warren (3-2)
George Muha: This is an interesting matchup for Boonton. The Bombers are in dire need of some Power Points. And because North Warren is a Group II school, and Boonton is a Group I, they could catch up this week with a win over the Patriots. Ian Havran and Josh “The Animal” Corporan are coming off huge games defensively in which the duo combined for 16 tackles and two INTs. I think the Bombers will keep North Warren Luke Robertson’s offense to a low score, but I am not sure they’ll be able to put up the offensive numbers on this Patriot defense to pull it off.
PICK: North Warren 10-7
Chatham (0-5) @ West Morris (3-2)
George Muha: I loved predicting WMC games last year solely because I loved the nickname “Johnny Guts” for QB John Gutowski. There are just no nicknames that I’m feeling with this current group. Who knows, maybe one will come to me. But that does seem to go along with this squad of no-namers who are truly playing “team football”. Chatham’s woes will continue as they will surely be feeling the prusser from West Morris DE Ryan Pruss.
PICK: WMC 28-0 (Pruss has 3 sacks)
Dover (2-3) @ Hackettstown (1-4)
George Muha: I cannot help to want Dover to make it to the playoffs. Nothing against Hackettstown, but I feel the Dover Tigers can be dangerous once they get to the postseason. I still feel they haven’t completely figured out their identity yet. But once they do, forgetaboutit! Look for Dover RB Jesse Maka to continue to maka a lot of plays in a big win.
PICK: Dover 35-12
Hanover Park (3-2) @ Morristown-Beard (5-0)
George Muha: A few years ago I was chatting with MoBeard coach Tim Fell. He talked about when he joined as the Crimson coach the school made a conscience decision to leave a formal division to be an independent and not compete for a division. The thought process is they could make their own schedule against smaller schools that were rebuilding programs just like them. Well, it was a smart move because now MoBeard has built a really solid program and they are ready to re-enter into a formal division. Look for them to do that in the next year or so. As for this game, I loved how Hanover Park QB Christian Bassolino stepped up for the injured Matt Hoberman. But the way I see this, Crimson RB Nick Rella, special teamer Matt McFadden and linebacker Matt Stark will overpower the Hornets.
PICK: Mo-Beard 42-28
Sparta (4-1) @ High Point (2-3)
George Muha: I believe we still don’t know who High Point is yet. I mean, three of their losses were to very solid Kittatinny, Pope John and Morris Knolls teams. They convincingly beat Vernon and Montville. All they need to do is win the next two of three and they could likely qualify for a postseason bid. Unfortunately, one of the wins they need won’t come this week. Last week Sparta went toe to toe with Pope John, who is basically a D1 football program. Other than that, they’ve been demolishing teams. I’m predicting Sparta RB Lucas “I Am Your Father” Faria to run for 150 and 2 TDs, QB Matt “The Thrill” Seville to throw for another 150 and 3 TDs and WR Nick “The Lunatic” Shlala to break the century mark receiving in a high scoring win.
PICK: Sparta 45-28
Kinnelon (3-2) @ Hopatcong (3-2)
George Muha: Ahh, the Kinnelon Kid Kyle Presti vs. Hopatcong’s golden boy Ryan Clarke. Both trying to position their team’s for the playoffs. It’s going to be high scoring for sure, but I see the home team pulling it out in the end.
PICK: Da Cong 35-33
Madison (3-1) @ Jefferson (4-1)
George Muha: I was at this game last year and it was not pretty for Jefferson. The score was actually 56-8. This year JR Reese and the rest of the Falcons are out for revenge and will deliver.
PICK: Jefferson 30-21
Parsippany (0-5) @ Kittatinny (3-2)
George Muha: I’m loving how Parsippany is showing some signs that they want to be a contender! Last week Redhawk RB Andrew Masseffski busted out for 150 yards rushing. Kittatinny will win, but Parsippany will make it uncomfortably close.
PICK: Kittatinny 25-20
Newton (2-3) @ Lenape Valley (4-1)
George Muha: Newton Brave Ben “Cosmo” Cramer will make life hard for Lenape Valley but the Pats will still pull it off.
PICK: Lenape Valley Patriots 30-28
Morris Knolls (4-1) @ Montville (1-4)
George Muha: Morris Knolls scares me because when their offense gets hot it can score close to 50 points in a hurry. This could be one of those games.
Whippany Park (1-4) @ Pequannock (1-4)
George Muha: I believe Whippany Park’s QB Dante Stefanelli is due for a monster game. Look for the senior stud to bust out in a big win.
PICK: WP 35-20
Pope John (5-0) @ Vernon (0-5)
George Muha: Pope John had three receivers catch for over 100 yards last week against a very good Sparta team. Let me just put that in perspective for you; 90% of the teams in Morris Sussex will not have one receiver catch for 100 yards in a season…these guys had THREE IN ONE GAME!!!
PICK: PJ 45-21
Saturday Games, October 19
Morris Catholic (0-5) @ Wallkill Valley (1-4)
George Muha: Here’s the deal…it doesn’t seem to be Morris Catholic’s year. But in my opinion, they do with a state title in having the best uniforms.
PICK: Wallkill 40-12
Mount Olive (2-3) @ Morris Hills (1-4)
George Muha: This is basically a playoff game for MoHills. Playing a Group IV team like Mount Olive, will add NEEDED Power Points for this Group III Scarlet Knights team. If MoHills does get the win, they they have two more games against winnable opponents. If the stars align, the Red Knights could actually be 4-4 a the eight game playoff cut off and earn a playoff bid. The problem is Mount Olive has a lot of momentum and guys like DE Jamuah “Kareem” Abdul-Salaam are stepping up in a big way.
PICK: Mount Olive 28-21
Randolph (2-2-1) @ Morristown (2-3)
George Muha: Randolph is the best two-win team in North Jersey right now. I’m seeing Ram QB Connor “Sunshine” Logoyda finishing very strong down the stretch.
PICK: Rams 30-19
Roxbury (2-3) @ Mendham (1-3-1)
George Muha: I keep rolling the dice on Mendham and it keeps biting me in the butt. Considering its homecoming and I really do think they have a ton of promise, I am going to go with them one last time (unless they win).
PICK: Mendham 40-30
Parsippany Hills (5-0) @ Delbarton (4-1)
George Muha: This is one of the Game’s of the Week. This is how this game breaks down: Who ever wins the battle between Delbarton’s run game and Parsippany Hill’s defense wins. Delbarton’s sophomore stud RB Andrew Sanders runs like a Kamikaze and can break one out on every play. If I were Par Hills, I’d allow Sanders and the big bruising back Rob Arancio get all the tough yards they want up the middle but prevent Sanders from breaking out the big ones. The logic is that Par Hills can score quick with QB Katzenberger to Austin Ehrenfeld. So make Delby work for their points and try to tire them out. The problem is, Delbarton’s Matt Oplinger is always causing a costly turnover for opposing teams. All I really know is this one will be high scoring and a lot of fun to watch.
PICK: Delby 50-45
Butler (5-0) @ Mountain Lakes (5-0)
George Muha: Here is the second Game of the Week. These two teams are unbelievable. Ever year a QB plugs in for Butler and is a total stud (see Glenn Reger) and Mt. Lakes has a bunch of D1 lacrosse players that take the football team deep into the playoffs (see Christian Cuccinello, Zach Lesko and all of their position players and linemen).
Newark Academy (1-3) @ Sussex Tech (2-3)
George Muha: Sussex Tech just came off of two losses. Trust me, they will not be losing this one.
PICK: Sussex Tech 30-25
How I’m Doing:
Last Week: 15-3 (83.33%)
So Far This Season: 71-23 (75.53%)