Friday Night Lights, November 1
Whippany Park (2-5) @ Boonton (3-4)
George Muha: Unfortunately it looks like both teams playoffs hopes are like a fresh brain in a room full of zombies. I think both teams have some scrappiness in them. I’ve rolled the dice on Whippany Park a few times this year and its paid off. So I am going to go with Dante Stefanelli’s legs to upset the Bombers on their home court.
PICK: Whippany Park Warewolves 28-24
Butler (6-1) @ Hopatcong (5-2)
George Muha: Here is the deal for Da Cong…they NEED to summon their internal King Cong if they plan on getting a playoff birth. There is a real possibility that they could be left out of the postseason with a loss this Friday Night. Hopatcong coach Jerry Venturino will need to ride RB Johann Lara for 40 carries, do some well timed play action plays with QB Ryan Clarke and plan on a 48 minute battle to the end if they have any hope for a victory. Butler will win, but Da Cong leaves it all on the field.
PICK: Bloody Butler 45-42
Chatham (0-7) @ Roxbury (2-5)
George Muha: I wish more lacrosse players played football for Chatham. Sophomore stud QB Grant Dixon has his best game as a varsity starter in a convincing win for the Roxbury Gaels.
PICK: Roxbury Ghouls 28-6
Delbarton (6-1) @ West Morris (5-2)
George Muha: I am loving how the West Morris Warewolves have been battling it out this year. They really deserve the high seed they’ve earned in their state section. Dishing out an upset to Delbarton would be a huge boost for WMC. But I don’t see that happening this week. Delby’s Matt Oplinger is like the Grim Reaper on defense and he’ll be sure to keep the Warewolves offense in check.
PICK: Delbarton Demons 45-28
Dover (4-3) @ Lenape Valley (4-3)
George Muha: You couldn’t play in a more scary place on Holloween than Lenape Valley’s home field on a Friday Night. I call it the “bat cave” because in warmer weather there are always tons of bats flying around over head (although nobody ever agrees with me about that). Both of these teams should get into the postseason whether they win or not, but I love Dover’s chances to win states in their section. It’s imperative that they head into the playoffs with as much momentum as possible. I don’t see Dover’s Scary Scalley allowing his Tigers to lose this one. Plus, I have a feeling the Tigers will be wearing Holloween colors.
PICK: Deadly Dover 40-35
Hanover Park (5-2) @ Hackettstown (1-6)
George Muha: [Children singing] One, two, Hanover Park’s coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door. Five, six, grab your crucifix. Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again…
PICK: Hanover Park Headstones 32-12
Morris Hills (3-4) @ High Point (2-5)
George Muha: Morris Hills went through a lot this season and I give them a ton of credit for making it respectable. I see them finishing 4-4 after this week but I don’t think that will give them enough Power Points to get into the postseason.
PICK: Morris Hills Headstones 30-25
Hoboken (5-2) @ Jefferson (6-1)
George Muha: Losing could do colladeral damage to Jefferson’s momentum heading into the playoffs. Considering JR Reeses Pieces is playing like a man possessed, and Killer Kyle Neuschatz is basically an axe murderer on the ground, I am envisioning the Falcons sending Hoboken to the tomb.
PICK: Falcon Fangs 29-20
Kinnelon (3-4) @ North Warren (5-2)
George Muha: For all intensive purposes this is the State Finals for Kinnelon. First off, if they win they are basically into the playoffs. If they lose they are basically out. QB Kyle Poltergeist Presti will need to instill some blunt force trauma through the air if Kinnelon has any hope. But the way I see it happening, North Warren will be as wicked as usual and dish out their weekly loss.
PICK: North Warren Nightmares 34-25
Vernon (0-7) @ Montville (1-6)
George Muha: Anyone want to bet on the over/under for attendance for this one? I’m gonna set it at 200, including the band. Don’t mean to pick on both these teams. Obviously, its been a tough season for them. But my hats go off to each squad for putting in all the practice time and showing up every week.
PICK: Mysterious Mustangs 30-21
Morris Catholic (1-6) @ Pequannock (2-5)
George Muha: This Holloween I am going as a Morris Catcholic football player…only because their uniforms are so freaking cool. Actually, I tried one on earlier today and basically looked like an old fat guy in the uniform so I think I’ll be what I was last year…an old fat guy in a morph suit. In the meantime, Morris Catholic will win their second game of the season this Friday night…on the road no less!
PICK: The Corpse Crusaders 23-21
Pope John (7-0) @ Mount Olive (3-4)
George Muha: I call if Mount Olive scores 21 points, the NJSIAA should give them the Power Points as if they win the game. No disrespect to the Marauders but Pope John has been sending most of their oppenents to the cemetery by the middle of the first quarter so I am trying to shake things up. Last week PJ runningback Nick Esposito ran for four touchdowns on six carries. Pretty impressive Espo! But do you know what is more impressive? Four touchdowns on four carries. Git ‘er done!
PICK: Pope John Lanterns 59-21
Parsippany (1-6) @ Newton (3-4)
George Muha: Congrats to Parsippany for getting their first win…and most importantly delivering on my prediction!!! I’m psyched for you guys! On the other side of things, look who’s sitting in a healthy spot in the North 1, Group 2 section…the Newton Braves! You got to tip your cap to Newton for controlling their own destiny and beating very touch Hanover Park and Lenape Valley teams. I really like these guys!
PICK: Bloody Braves 30-10
Sussex Tech (3-4) @ Eldred (NY)
George Muha: I should know this, but I am not certain if beating a NY team helps Sussex Tech’s playoff’s chances. Sussex Tech is on the edge of the playoffs and winning against a NJ team would give them the necessary Power Points to get into the postseason. So I hope winning against Eerie Eldred would do the same. ST seems to do well in these types of games so I am saying they pull it off.
PICK: Shadowy Sussex Tech 21-14
Saturday Games, November 2
Randolph (4-2-1) @ Parsippany Hills (5-2)
Parsippany Hills: To me, this is a MUST win for Par Hills who just dropped two in a row against Delby and WMC. They’re kind of on a slippery slope. Throughout the first five weeks, Par Hills’ defense only let up 28 points. However, in the last two weeks alone their D allowed 54 points. I see Randolph coach Joe Lusardi capitalizing on the Vikings shaky confidence and letting Ram QB Sunshine Logoyda to start passing early. Ram DB Corcoran will be leaving cadavers all over the field while Midnight Murphy will be making some key receptions. In the end it will be the foot of Frank “RIP” Raggo who will put the nail in the perverbial coffin.
PICK: Repulsive Rams with the upset 35-34
Wallkill Valley (1-6) @ Mountain Lakes (7-0)
George Muha: Going to Mt. Lakes for a home game is like going to the boiler room in The Nightmare on Elm Street. Look for Freddy Kruegger (aka Mt Lakes) to unleash his razor blade glove in a frightful night for Wallkill.
PICK: Mt. Lakes Blood & Guts 40-13
Sparta (6-1) @ Morris Knolls (5-2)
George Muha: This will be a great game, don’t get me wrong. But the real battle will between Sparta and Morris Knolls’ student sections. Sparta always has one of the top student sections in north jersey. However, this year, Knolls’ student section is off the handle. This group is definitely acting as the 12th man because opposing cannot help to be distracted by the sea of yellow that is at all the games. This is the way I see this one breaking down, Sparta wins the game on the field and Knolls’ student section wins the battle of the fans.
PICK: Spine-chilling Spartans 49-45
Madison (4-2) @ Kittatinny (4-3)
George Muha: This is basically a playoff game for Madison. The Dodgers have taken their lumps this year with the end of their streak and all. But I see the start gearing up in playoff mode. Look for it to be a battle, with Madison edging it out in the win.
PICK: Madison Mausoleums 39-38
Morristown (2-5) @ Mendham (3-3-1)
George Muha: Making the playoffs in the North 2, Group 4 section is like walking up to the “Take One” sign on the big bowl of KitKats and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups on your neighbors stoop. It’s basically free reign. Even if Morristown and Mendham both lose this Saturday, they both will pretty much make it in. But Mendham’s Chris “Jack-O-Lantern” Jones and the rest of the Minutemummies have too much momentum.
PICK: Minutemummies 30-20
Mo-Beard (5-2) @ Hamden Hall (CT)
George Muha: I am not going to say this one is going to be as bloody as the shower scene in Carrie…but its going to be close. There is no way MoBeard’s Matt McFadden won’t be running back at least one punt or kickoff back for six.
PICK: Bearded Beasts 49-21