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Every week Morris Sussex Sports predicts all the football games that involve all 37 Morris Sussex teams (which includes a few of the Warren County teams we cover). Participating in these selections is Morris Sussex Sports’ Laura Byrne, George Muha and George’s long time friend Brian Kaes. In an attempt to make the predictions as objective as possible, this season Morris Sussex Sports is going to give the writer with the best prediction percentage at the end of the season a nice sized cash prize. Should make things interesting.  Here are this week’s picks:

Pennington (0-0) at Sussex Tech (0-0)

Laura Byrne: Word is senior Shyheim Outland–the brick wall with a motor– didn’t like losing to Pennington last year. And neither did Kodiak Sturges. This year, they’re going to have the Red Raiders seeing red. PICK: ST 21-7
Brian Kaes: Last year Pennington beat Sussex Tech and they want payback. I can’t stress enough how this is Shyhiem Outland’s year. He is awesome! With Frankie Hofmann leading the way as FB he should run for over a hundred yards and 2 scores. Speaking of Hofmann though, how about the defensive stud Richie Hofmann? The kid leads the team in tackles as a freshman? That is bananas! I have to say I think that ST rebounds from last year’s loss and wins this one in a nail biter. PICK: ST 21-19
George Muha:  The last time Sussex Tech played a football game it was on the receiving of a record breaking passing performance in their consolation game against Kyle Presti and the Kinnelon Colts.  Don’t think for a second Shyhiem “The Dream” Outland doesn’t want to rush for two hundy to blow off that steam.  Look for him to do exactly that and for super soph Richie Hofman to make twelve tackles in a convincing win.  PICK:  ‘Stangs 32-16

DePaul (0-0) @ Pope John (0-0)

Laura Byrne:  PJ starts its schedule against DePaul Catholic and Paramus Catholic. That’s like jumping into the ocean with Megoladon 1 and Megoladon 2—in the first two weeks. The Lions are super cool to take them on, and it’ll make them a better team, but I’m worried about those massive teeth: namely, a two-time state championship DePaul team that is mad about last year’s (state championship season with four in-conference losses) and wants to do better. PICK: DePaul 28-14
Brian Kaes: I’m have to give Pope John credit, they are not easing into the season by taking on back-to-back State Champions DePaul to kick off the season, even if it is at home. Yikes! Pope John, besides its’ leader QB Sonny Abramson and a few others, is a pretty young team. That is a good thing. The bad part of that is that they lost some real weapons on both sides of the ball. Dalyn “Dwyane” Wade-Perry will nail down a sack or two but that will not be enough. DePaul’s QB Ryan Adzima has literally “been there before” and can deal with some adversity. Look for him to toss at least one TD while DePaul’s running game scores 3 more. The home crowd will be going nuts and Pope John will keep it close (thanks to Sonny) but it’s a rough go for PJ out of the gate. DePaul picks up where they left off.  PICK:  DePaul 34-24
George Muha: PJ is going to need every bit of Burrel Neal at RB, Andrew Nieves at MLB, Nick Denucci at receiver, Dalyn “The Hulk” Wade-Perry at DT and Sonny “Captain America” Abramson at QB to compete with DePaul. Historically, the Spartans have owned this matchup.  But in the end, its going to be the clutch foot of Mateo Zapata that is going to help the Johnnies take the DePaul Spartans monkey off their back. PICK: Johnnies 24-21

Last Year’s Prediction Percentages

Laura (67.54%)
Brian (68.21%)
George (70.19%)

*Drawing by Emily Cody.

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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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