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2014 Week 8 Predictions – HALLOWEEN EDITION


Friday Night Frights

Hanover Park (5-2) @ Dover (4-3)
L.A. Byrne: After controlling last week’s matchup against a scary-good Lenape Valley team Dover’s got more momentum than a brakeless pickup truck at the top of Morris Street. PICK: Dover 21-14
Brian Kenney: Dover is coming off a great win and HP squeaked by Butler last week. The Tigers are tough at home and the Hornets are going to be in for a brawl. Last week the Hornets’ defense bent but didn’t break. I saw the Hornets’ Rory DeLuca on special teams the first game of the season and it’s good to see he is getting some playing time on defense; as last week he had 7 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack. If he and Anthony Olivieri (11 tackles, fumble recovery and forced fumble) keep it up on D with the rest of the Hornets then they can pull this one out … it’s going to be hell of a game on Halloween! PICK: HP 27-21
George Muha: Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. If I were coaching Dover, I’d run behind tackle Justin “Big Papi” Ortiz 45 times for two reasons; 1) The guy is 6’3”, 285lbs and moves like a cat. 2) The Tigers have to keep the Hanover Park’s QB Christian Bassolino off the field. This will be one for the ages, but I see C-Bass’s feet doing Dover in. PICK: HP 41-40

Morristown-Beard (5-2) @ Boonton (5-2)
L.A. Byrne: Boonton’s Josh Corporan is all over the field and Mo-Beard has the McFadden Machine. There’s going to be more running in this game than at the county track meet. But the Boonton Bogeymen will put an end to the fun. PICK: Boonton 32-21
Brian Kenney: I for one didn’t see the Beard at 5-2 at this point in the season. So I give them a lot of credit. That being said, Boonton is at home, they love Halloween, and they have nothing but tricks in store for the visiting Beards. Although look for the Beards’ McFadden and Rella to run for over 200 yards collectively in a close one. PICK: Boonton 21-14
George Muha: You can argue that there’s no way Coach Ghastly Gallagher will drop this kind of game in front of his home fans on Holloween Night. In fact, if the Bombers can contain MoBeard linebacker Cole “Frankin” Steinfield (19 tackles last week!), they’ll be in terrific shape. But once again, the X-Factor in this game will be the Crimson’s Matt McFreakshow. PICK: Bearded Ladies

Montville (1-6) @ High Point (0-7)
L.A. Byrne: Montville has Anthony Fano and Rich Harty each with twelve tackles in their last game, and they’re going to keep putting Graham Jespersen back on the field. But look at High Point’s nightmare schedule: Sparta, Pope John, Par Hills are among the big names they’ve played against and learned from. And, Montville’s got the Ryan Sunda Ninja on their side. This game is going to be a bloody mess. PICK: Montville 14-13
Brian Kenney: Montville is coming off their first win of the season and has some real momentum going into this creepy matchup. Look for Grahm “Jeepers” Jespersen to complete over 80% of his passes and two scores in tight game. PICK: Montville 24-17
George Muha: I just checked and it’s illegal to eat horse meat in New Jersey. That won’t matter to High Point’s 6’4” 255lb defensive lineman Ryan Sunda this Friday night. He’ll be slurping down some freshly killed Mustang – hoof’s and all – this Friday night. PICK: High Point 30-21

Pope John (5-3) @ Vernon (3-4)
L.A. Byrne: With the Tyler Soltes-to-Luke Venskus package, it’s not going to be the usual bloodbath up north. But Sonny Abramson makes everything look easy. PICK: PJ 42-14
Brian Kenney: I heard Pope John is dressing up as the Arizona Cardinals for Halloween. They will score a lot of points and play great defense. (On a side note, the Cardinals are a good NFL team. I would have said Cowboys up until last night). Anyway, look for PJ’s Nicky Esposito to score 2 TDs on the ground in this one. PICK: PJ 35-17
George Muha: Last week’s loss all put the nail in the coffin for Vernon’s playoffs hopes. However, they could likely get in with room to spare if they can take down the Johnnies. But that won’t happen. Austin “The Bogeyman” Bailey will have a 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns by halftime. PICK: PJ 43-12

Lenape Valley (5-2) @ Jefferson (2-5)
L.A. Byrne: Jefferson can make this a very close game. Brendan Gill threw all over Hackettstown last week, with over 150 passing yards. But Lenape Valley’s loss to Dover has been haunting them, and the Patriots will be looking for revenge. LV: 24-10
Brian Kenney: The Valley is looking to bounce back after getting upset by Dover last week. They are going to make it real scary for J-Town at home. PICK: LV 28-13
George Muha: This game will be horrifying…for Jefferson. LV is pissed with a capitol PISSED after last week’s upset at the hands of Dover. Look for them to be swinging hard as Patriot QB Rylan “The Headless Horseman” Pangborn sling-blades his team to victory. PICK: LV 35-10

Whippany Park (3-4) @ Newton (1-6)
L.A. Byrne: LB Mike Poulter and DT Mike Della Donne are two big names I keep hearing over in Whippany Park-land. These two monsters are going to wreck havoc on a very good Newton offense. PICK: Wildcats 28-7
Brian Kenney: Whippany Park has been on a slide and they are hoping to come into Newton on Halloween Night and exorcise their losing demons by getting a big win. This one is going down to the wire and I think I may be wrong but I’ll go with the Park. PICK: WP 21-20
George Muha: I know Newton fans haven’t had much to cheer about this year. But I see Brave’s runningback Ben “The Terminator” Sibblies delivering his home crowd a win in thrilling fashion. PICK: Newton 28-25

Kinnelon (4-3) @ Butler (1-6)
L.A. Byrne: Connor Chiuchiolo is Kinnelon’s Freddy Kruegar, showing up to make that huge hit, pick off a pass, bust through a line—whatever needs doing. This game’s going to be a nightmare on Bartholdi Avenue. PICK: Colts 21-10
Brian Kenney: Butler played a decent game last week but Kinnelon is on a roll. They will go as far as QB Kyle Presti will take them. PICK: Kinnelon 34-21
George Muha: Kinnelon desperately has to win to get into the playoffs. Even then, they’ll need the football gods to sprinkle a little luck on them. Presti throws for 300 and 4 TD’s as the Colts win in convincing fashion and crosses his fingers that some teams higher in their section lose. PICK: Colts 42-20

Pequannock (7-0) @ Mountain Lakes (7-0)
L.A. Byrne: There’s something very cool about a team that can consistently pull out wins in close contests but Mountain Lakes hasn’t even broken a sweat this year. PICK: The Herd 21-14
Brian Kenney: Wow this is going to be a sick game! Lakes has home field advantage but Pequannock is a beast! Both teams scored 42 points last week and it’s going to come down to, as it always does, who will step up on defense. I honestly flipped a coin and it came up Pequannock. PICK: Pequannock 30-27
George Muha: Today I actually stopped at a deli in Pequannock and order a sandwich called the “Golden Panther” in honor the Pequannock’s undefeated season (that is actually a true story). This will be a battle to the end, but the Mountain Lakes Mummies will be the victors. PICK: Mummies 39-38

North Warren (5-2) @ Hopatcong (3-4)
L.A. Byrne: I wouldn’t be shocked if Hopatcong pulled out the upset on this one, but at North Warren, and against guys like John Burns and Dale Durling, the night could be more chills than thrills for the Chiefs. PICK: North Warren 28-24
Brian Kenney: Rumor has it there is a Lock-ness monster thing in Lake Hopatcong, and it eats local fishermen when the football team loses. Unfortunately all-everything Luke Robertson is going to be the cause of fishermen getting eaten on Friday. PICK: NW 28-17
George Muha: If I were Hopatcong, I’d only play in schemes to defend the runs. I’m no Vince Lombardi, but considering North Warren’s Luke Robertson runs for 30 carries a game, it’s not a bad strategy. I actually like how both of these teams match up. But in the end, it’s NWR who will be putting Hopatcong’s playoff hopes in a body bag. PICK: NWR 38-28

Mendham (3-4) @ Mount Olive (1-6)
L.A. Byrne: Mendham was battered and bruised for their last matchup with Central and it showed. This week, they’re back. PICK: Mendham 38-21
Brian Kenney: Mendham was roughed up last week but then again so was Mt. Olive. Mendham will squeak out a victory in the final minutes of the game. PICK: Mendham 14-13
George Muha: Having senior captain runningback Chris “Jack-O-Lantern” Jones is timely for this win as well as for the upcoming playoffs – which Mendham amazingly looks to get in with room to spare. PICK: Mendham 32-23

Randolph (5-2) @ Roxbury (6-1)
L.A. Byrne: Randolph can throw and run, and Roxbury can throw and run. They both play good defense, they both have strong special teams. If I had to pick—which I guess I do—I’m going with Roxbury because of their defense. Their line looks like the Denver Broncos d-line, only faster, tougher, and more physical. PICK: Roxbury 28-27
Brian Kenney: Roxbury played well against Delby and the Rams won handily last week. Roxbury will be looking to rebound at home and Grant Dixon will hope to avoid turning the ball over like he did 3 times last week. (He did throw 4 TDs and for over 350 yards though). The Rams’ Carlo Zarro will get in the endzone twice in this one, any way, any how. But in the end Roxbury will ruin Randolph’s Halloween. PICK: Roxbury 34-30
George Muha: This one is going to be like Aliens vs. the Predator. If Randolph stays loose and plays their style of football, they could pull an upset here. I think they’ll have Roxbury on the ropes, but in the end it will be the Gaels who will pull away with the W behind the quick witted Grant “Death Row” Dixon. PICK: Rox 45-35

Saturday Day Bloodiness

Delbarton (7-0) @ Morristown (3-4)
L.A. Byrne: Morristown has loads of talent, including the powerful fullback Treshawn Gwynn who has the size and strength to stand up to any Delbarton player. Trouble is, even the Delbarton water boy is built like Gwynn. PICK: Delbarton 28-10
Brian Kenney: Don’t expect the Delby kids to have tummy aches from eating too much candy on Friday. The are hungry for State and will do what they have to do against cross-town rival Morristown. That being said Dallas McCall ain’t going to make it easy. He will do his best to light them up in the air and on the ground (along with Jordan Powell) but unfortunately for Morristown, Delby can score with the best of them. PICK: Delbarton 35-20
George Muha: The scary part about this Delby team is how young they are. I can’t image what they’ll be doing to teams next year and the year after. PICK: Delby 35-13

West Morris (4-3) @ Morris Knolls (1-6)
L.A. Byrne: West Morris has this thing they do before a play, where they stand up in unison, then drop down into their stance the same, in unison. It’s completely unnerving. And shows exactly why they win so many games: obvious and intense discipline. PICK: West Morris 32-14
Brian Kenney: Ray “Lay Down The” Law is going to break the century mark again for West Morris in a big win over Knolls. PICK: WM 21-13
George Muha: I saw WMC play last week and they just looked like they were having fun. If they stay loose like that, sky’s the limit for what they can accomplish this season. Ray “Above the” Law has a big game in the win. PICK: WMC 30-10

Sparta (6-1) @ Morris Hills (4-3)
L.A. Byrne: Morris Hills has had decisive wins over Chatham, Knolls, Vernon, and High Point, and with the talented Nick Walls at FB/LB, Sparta better work hard in practice this week. Sparta’s going to come out on top, but it’s going hurt. PICK: Sparta 26-10
Brian Kenney: They must hate me in Sparta because I’m always picking them to lose big games. They proved me wrong with Pope John and Par Hills. While Hills is coming off a nice win last week against High Point they are no match for Sparta’s Argula and Faria. PICK: Spartans 48-13
George Muha: What’s a killer about Sparta is not their big names like Faria, Fischer or Argula. It’s the fact that they have role players like Skyler Francisco, Dean Gennat, Thomas Bais and Tyler Trzcinski who would be stars on any other team in the area. PICK: Sparta 30-21

Parsippany Hills (5-2) @ Chatham (2-5)
L.A. Byrne: Chatham played tough against Montville on both sides of the ball, and they need to call on that win when they go up against a Par Hills team that has threatened powerhouses Pope John and Sparta. PICK: Par Hills 28-14
Brian Kenney: Par Hills got roughed up last week but they will bounce back this week on the road. PICK: The Hills 27-17
George Muha: Par Hills got caught on their heels last week against a great Sparta team. Look for Verducci to right his team’s ship in this one. PICK: PH 40-19

Parsippany (2-5) @ Morris Catholic (0-7)
L.A. Byrne: Parsippany’s Kwaku Agyemang rushed for over a hundred yards last week and he’s going for a buck fifty this week. PICK: Parsippany 21-14
Brian Kenney: If there is a chance to get on the board with a W for MC this is the game. That being said, I think Kwaku Agyemang from Parsippany enjoyed going over the century mark rushing last week and will shoot for a buck fifty this week to carry Parsippany to victory in a close one. PICK: Parsippany 14-10
George Muha: It is so incredibly refreshing to see the Redhawks getting wins again. I love the determination of this season. Considering Kwaku Agyemang rushes for 20 yards everything he touches the ball, I don’t see MC having an answer for him. PICK: Parsippany 30-14

Hackettstown (4-3) @ Madison (5-1)
L.A. Byrne: I think Hackettstown’s got a good chance at the upset here. The Tigers can play some ‘ball when they’re firing on all cylinders. But, they’ve got to be flawless because Madison pretty much doesn’t lose. PICK: Madison 24-21
Brian Kenney: Madison will not lose this one at home, but Matt Milelli won’t make it easy as he will easily rush for over 100 yards and 2 scores for H-Town. PICK: Madison in a nail biter, 24-21
George Muha: A win on the road against a VERY good Madison team would get everyone’s attention. I believe H-Town has what it takes to pull an upset here. But I see the Dodgers prevailing in the end. PICK: Madison 49-40

Kittatinny (2-5) @ Wallkill Valley (0-7)
L.A.Byrne: The Cougars got their clocks cleaned by North Warren and they’re out for blood. PICK: Kittatinny 28-7
Brian Kenney: The Valley got shut out last week. There is good news and bad news for them this week. Good news, they score! Bad news, they don’t score more than Kittatinny. Look for Chris Russell to get in the endzone again for Kittatinny., but the defense will score as well for them. Who wants it more? Calascibetta? Cerbo? Foster? DeBonis? Tommy “On The” Hunt? Somebody is taking it to the house on the defensive side of the ball for Kittatinny. PICK: Kittatinny 28-6
George Muha: If you want to key on a particular person in this game, make it Kittatinny’s Carmelo “The Killer” Calascibetta. This kid makes tons of tackles and also has a knack for creating turnovers. PICK: Kitt 29-13

Elred NY (2-4) @ Sussex Tech (3-4)
L.A. Byrne: I’ve been picking Sussex Tech all season and I haven’t even been to a home game! I need to watch these guys make this win happen. PICK: Sussex Tech 38-10
Brian Kenney: Does Tech play anyone in NJ? Where do they find these teams? I don’t know much about Tech, I’m going to have to head up there to see a game. I’ll tell you one thing, Tech’s offensive line is no joke, springing Shyheim Outland for over 200 yards and Frank Hofmann for almost 150 yards last week. I think I could probably rush for 60-70 yards behind that line (on like, 20 carries). Seriously though Tech runs away with this one. PICK: ST 35-13
George Muha There is no way Shyheim Outland allows anyone, no-less a team from NY, to come to his house and push the ‘Stangs around. PICK: ST 40-30

Laura 14-4 (77.77%)
Brian 14-4 (77.77%)
George 16-2 (88.88%)

Laura 89-42 (67.93%)
Brian 90-41 (68.70%)
George 90-41 (68.70%)

How do you think this weekend’s game will play out??? Comment below!

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.



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