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Friday Night Lights

People’s Preparatory Charter @ Morristown-Beard

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The one question I have for this game is will the winner be deemed “The People’s Champ?” If so…can you smelllllll what the Crimson are cookin’?  PICK: Mo-Beard 17-3
Brian Daniel: Morristown-Beard had a rough year last year and while they have some talented players like Tahj “Blue” Valentine and their, I’m guessing, Irish QB Declan Kelley they are going to have their hands full in Week 1 with the People’s Prep. I think the Beards will win something this year but unfortunately it won’t be this week. PICK: People’s 20-14
George Muha: Here’s a scouting report for People’s. Number 7 will be getting the ball a lot. Not that they will be able to do much about it. In fact, I call the Tahj-manian Devil gets at least 150-yards and two TDs on the ground. He’s a must start for your fantasy team. Jack Cipriano will also have a TD catch in what will be a one-sided game. PICK: Beards 30-10

Delbarton @ St. Anthony (NY)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Green Wave are looking to avenge their last season loss to the Friars and it won’t be a simple task as they hit the road in Week 1. The Green Wave’s 2016 schedule is not easy by any means so they’ll have a sense of urgency when they get off the bus in Long Island. PICK: Delbarton 24-21
Brian Daniel: What’s up with the Marshmallow heads at practice for the Green Wave??? I saw the pics on this site and was confused. Anyway, I think the Delbarton Marshmallow Heads are going to have a great year this year, and I can only imagine how happy AP (Andrew Papantonis) is to be back on the field after missing last year. Their O-Line will be the difference maker this year, with Mike Huston, Jonah Lyons and company making holes big enough for a truck to drive through this season. I don’t know much about these NY schools but I’m going with Jersey in this week’s match up, with AP scoring twice in his return to the gridiron. PICK: Marshmallow Heads 35-17
George Muha: Last year St. Anthony beat Delby 28-21. But that won’t happen again with Davis “Saved by the” Bell at the helm. PICK: Delby 28-21

Whippany Park @ Morris Catholic

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Morris Catholic finished 2015 with a 5-5 record, Whippany Park is looking to climb over the .500 mark in 2016. Morris Catholic’s second year coach John Hack is looking to improve his team in his second season. With junior running back Devonne Swan leading the charge, expect the Crusaders to continue their upward swing. PICK: Morris Catholic 21-3
Brian Daniel: A new coach and a new field bring new hope for a program that has had its’ share of losing records over the past few years at Whippany Park. Andrew “Go Jump in a” Lake will look to get a great jump on the season on both sides of the ball, making a ton of plays on D while scoring at least once on the ground. Meanwhile, MC went 5-5 under coach Hack last year and is looking to have a winning record this year. Look for Zack Sieb to have a couple of sacks and pave the way for the MC offense with his buddies on the O Line in a close MC win. PICK: MC 20-15
George Muha: This one will be very close but I see Whippany Park quarterback Luke Papa and runningback Jake Crane generating too much offense for the Crusaders to handle. PICK: Whippany Park 31-28

West Morris @ Par Hills

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Parsippany Hills has a veteran under center in junior quarterback Nick Verducci and they’ll be tested right off the bat in Week 1. West Morris took care of business last season when these two teams matched up, winning convincingly 21-0. Look for the Wolfpack to take care of business again but this time it won’t be as easy, as they will be on the road. PICK: West Morris 17-10
Brian Daniel: Par Hills didn’t have the best season last year but junior QB Nick Verducci is only getting better. This year he is going to tear it up. He is going to start against West Morris this Friday. That being said, West Morris is a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball. Look for Cole “Trickle” Draghi to run for over 150 yards and 2 scores in an out-right battle. Both of these coaches have been around the block for more than a few years, so it’s going to be a heck of first game for both of them. It’s almost too close to pick, but I’ll go with the Hills because they are home and the crowd is going to pumped! PICK: The Hills 34-30
George Muha: I really like West Morris’ athletic line behind Henwood. With that said, I don’t think the Wolfpack have an answer for the Viking’s OT Gurth who blocks three guys on every play. PICK: Par Hills 30-20

High Point @ Jefferson

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: With a core group of seniors leading the way (20 to be exact), one of them being quarterback Logan Holleritter. The Falcons take start their season with a ‘W’, getting the victory over High Point. PICK: Jefferson 28-7.
Brian Daniel: High Point had a rough season last year, but they are hoping to turn it around big time this year. Gavin Hunsicker and Jacbo Liscinky will combine for twenty tackles and probably 200 yards of offense between them against Jefferson. Meanwhile, the J-Town Falcons finished at .500 last year and want much more under new coach Jerry Venturino this season. 20 returning seniors give this team a lot of experience and a quest for revenge/dominance this year. They are going to get off to a good start, dispatching High Point in front of the home crowd. Look for Logan Holleritter to throw for a score and run for another one in a big win. PICK: Jefferson 28-10
George Muha: While High Point will make this a competitive match, this is going to be the Down Town Connor Brown Show. PICK: Jefferson 35-28

Montville @ Vernon

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Both Montville and Vernon are looking for a change in fortune as the head into the new year. Montville has a new head coach under the helm in Rick DeBonta so they’re excited for the fresh start and that will show through on the field. PICK: Mustangs 14-10
Brian Daniel: Montville is looking to “Find a Way” under new coach Rick DeBonta after having lost their way last season while compiling a 2-8 record. Maybe this will be their year? If Mike Trezza has anything to say about it, it could be. He will throw for at least 2 scores in this one. Meanwhile, Tyler “Walt” Weiss will be lighting up people on defense and if I had to bet scoring on a pick 6. Vernon will not be a push over, especially at home, but Montville is going all out to get the rookie coach a W out of the gate. PICK: Montville 20-14
George Muha: The forecast calls for a lot of win in Vernon on Friday Night. In fact, it’s going to be a Typhoon. Look for Ty “Typhoon” Teresa to knock down trees and overturn cars as he and the Montville Mustangs come into town and let the conference know the green and white are for real this year. PICK: Montville 24-14

Chatham @ Barringer

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Chatham has the lingering memory of coming so close to a state championship in 2015. The Cougars will be challenged right out of the gates in Week 1, taking on a Barringer. Things may not get off to the start Chatham was hoping for. PICK: Barringer 28-17
Brian Daniel: Barringer’s Isaiah Gorden will make life difficult, if not impossible for the Cougars this Friday. Playing away in front of Barrigner’s home fans will not be easy to ignore either. That being said, Chatham played great last year and is looking to build on the success of last season. Senior playmaker Timmy “John Quincy” Adams will score two TDS for the Cougars in a close one. PICK: Chatham 17-14
George Muha: Chatham’s Graham Lemon is my favorite player in Morris Sussex. At 6-7, 300-pounds with real athleticism, I don’t see Barringer being able to stop him. PICK: Chatham 40-35

Kittatinny @ Newton

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Led by first year coach Matt Parzero, Newton has a talented group that is looking to improve on last season’s 4-6 campaign. Expect the Braves to win one for their new skipper in their opening day match-up vs Kittatinny. PICK: Newton 24-14
Brian Daniel: Another new coach takes over at Newton High, trying to right the ship after a 4-6 record last year. Coach Parzero has his hands full, but he is up for it and excited for the challenge. Scott “The Price Tag” will probably make two dozen tackles for Newton against Kittatinny. Luke “Steve” Young will throw for 2 scores as well. Kittatinny is not going to roll over though, and it’s going to be a battle to the end. Look for Josh Klimek to run for a buck twenty and two scores in this one. In the end Newton pulls it out. PICK: Newton 27-22
George Muha: The hottest selling jersey in Morris Sussex is going to be Newton’s Chase Cramer’s. Watch him go for 150-yards and 2 TD’s in a convincing win. PICK: Newton 30-18

Wallkill Valley @ Kinnelon

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Led by senior Sean Grant, Kinnelon wins their season opener but it will be a game that’s a lot closer than what the score actually reads. PICK: Kinnelon 20-7
Brian Daniel: The Valley is coming off a rough 2-8 year but Mike “Hurricane” Torres will spark the offense this season and likely go 1000/10 by the time the season is over. He will score at least once against Kinnelon this Friday night for sure. Kinnelon, who had the same record as the Valley last year, is also looking to rebound. They will get off to a good start at home when Jon Toye throws for 3 scores in close game. PICK: Kinnelon 35-19
George Muha: Jon Toye will put 200-yards up in the air and RB Seamus Nelson will add 125 on the ground in a home win that sends a message to the rest of the conference. PICK: Kinnelon 34-21

Hackettstown @ Dover

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Coming off an injury that took away his junior season, senior quarterback Matt O’Brien leads the way for the Tigers. O’Brien will look to make a name for himself in the Morris/Sussex area and he’ll do so in his teams opening day victory against Dover. PICK: Hackettstown 17-7
Brian Daniel: It’s a battle of the Tigers this Friday night. H-Town was 4-6 last year but that was without QB Matt O’Brien who was on the IR all season. He is back, and he is mad. He wants to make up for lost time. I also keep hearing about this kid Max “Tango and” Cash. He is going to collect about 15 tackles against the Tigers of Dover on Friday. I think the sophomore kid Christian Acevedo is going to make some waves this year for the Dover Tigers. He will throw and run for a score in the H-Town game, but Dover will fall a little short in this one. PICK: H-Town 21-13
George Muha: How can you not love Dover’s sophomore QB Christian Acevedo. The kid works harder than anyone and leads only by actions not words. Watch this translate to a big home opening win. PICK: Dover 30-21

Hanover Park @ Cedar Grove

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Cedar Grove lost in the North 1, Group 1 Championship by a touchdown…..a touchdown! You know that has not sat well with the Panthers and they will look to get back to the big stage. First team in their way, Hanover Park. PICK: Cedar Grove 27-21
Brian Daniel: Ah, my alma mater. I think I have been talking about Rory DeLuca since he was a sophomore on special teams. The kid lives for the game of football, and it shows. He is a leader on this team, and his teammates are in. He will run for 100 yards and at least one score in this one, as well as making a baker’s dozen worth of tackles. Meanwhile, Mike Radomski will be patrolling the defensive backfield like a hawk and will definitely make Cedar Grove pay for any mistakes. Eric Magnifico could have double digits in tackles and could get a serious chunk of yards while on offense as well. All in all, I don’t see the Grove making much of a game of this one, even with home field advantage. The Hornets will get off to a fast start and never look back in this one. PICK: HP 42-14
George Muha: I call this is Rory DeLuca’s coming out party. The senior back will rush for 150 and three TDs in a game where Coach Moore runs out the clock quickly and makes fast work of the Groves. PICK: HP 28-7

Boonton @ Pequannock

GAME POSTPONED

Mountain Lakes @ Parsippany

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: For most, a 6-4 season would be considered a successful season. Not for Mountain Lakes. The Herd looks to get back on the Morris County football mountaintop and they should have no issues with Parsippany. PICK: Mountain Lakes 28-7
Brian Daniel: The Red Hawks were 1-9 last year and are still trying to find their footing. How about John “Redwood” Burk? Kid is smart and ginourmous ! He is going to cause some issues for the Herd on Friday, but it’s not going to stop them from winning this one easily. Look for little bro Jack Baker “The Touchdown Maker” to follow in big brother’s footsteps while throwing for a TD and running for one as well in a big Mountain Lakes victory. PICK: The Herd 28-7
George Muha: Me, Brian and Dan are all predicting games for money this year. Whoever has the best winning % at the end of the regular season gets a nice sum of money. With that said, I am putting my chips in the middle of the table and going with big John Burk and the Redhawks in a major upset. PICK: Parsippany 28-27

Glen Ridge @ Butler

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Nothing will come easy for Glen Ridge as they start their season heading to Butler. However, if there is one team that is up for the challenge, it is the Ridgers. PICK: Glen Ridge 10-7
Brian Daniel: Butler went 6-4 last year and is hoping to make even more waves this season. Look for Senior MLB Cory Mack “Attack” to record at least 20 tackles in this matchup. QB Dom “Gunner” Gentile will throw for over 200 yards and 2 scores in a big Bulldog win. PICK: Butler 40-13
George Muha: I don’t want to take anything away from the Butler runningbacks but I could run for 100-yards behind lineman Mike Warren. And don’t think I won’t steal some sophomore player’s uniform and sneak onto the field and do exactly that during this game. PICK: Butler 30-10

North Warren @ Hopatcong

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Hopatcong first year coach Brian Meeney is fortunate to have a senior playmaker in Jake Wilkerson. In 2015, Wilkerson piled up 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns during his junior campaign. Look for Coach Meeney to rely on his seniors now more than ever as they take the field against North Warren. PICK: Hopatcong 24-17
Brian Daniel: Brian Meeney’s first game as Hopatcong will not be easy, even at home. Jake Wilkerson had a breakout year last year for the ‘Cong, and will be looking to rush for 1500 yards and a dozen TDs this year. He will get off to a good start, rushing for over 100 yards and at least 1 score against North Warren. But NW, who also under a first year coach, is looking to build on a successful campaign last year. Look for Senior QB Ron Lubertazzo to run and throw for three scores in this one. And Ryan “Ron” Durling is going to lead the conference in career sacks by the time he is done at North Warren. PICK: NW 27-22
George Muha: His name is Jake “The Snake” Wilkerson and he runs like a fast moving tank. I predict Wilkie will knock the North Warren down like bowling pins as he busts out for a monster night in front of the DaCong faithful. PICK: Hopatcong 29-10

Bergen Tech @ Sussex Tech

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Can we deem this the “Tech Bowl?” Bergen Tech hits the road and heads over to Sussex Tech in this opening day match-up. While Bergen Tech may have ended their season losing their last 2 games, they should be able to get 2016 off to the right start. PICK: Bergen Tech 34-27
Brian Daniel: Sussex Tech needs this victory bad to start their quest to go back to the playoffs. They certainly miss their leader and offensive juggernaut Mr. Outlaw, but they will do what they can to fill the void he left. The Hofmann Brothers (Richie and Frankie) will do some damage on field and help the Mustangs win their opening game before the rowdy home fans. PICK: ST 20-17
George Muha: I hope I am wrong about this but I just don’t think Sussex Tech is going to beat Bergen Tech two years in a row. PICK: Bergen Tech 34-24

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Blair Academy @ Pope John

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: At 6’5, 300 plus pounds, Pope John defensive lineman Dalyn Wade-Perry is looking to become a household name (if he isn’t already). Look for him to feast on the Blair Academy offense and terrorize their quarterback. Thanksgiving comes early for the Lions and big Dalyn Wade-Perry is hungry. PICK: Pope John 27-10
Brian Daniel: The Lions have a ton of weapons. They also have a chip on their shoulder after underachieving despite going 7-3 last year. Dalyn Wade-Perry sounds like a man who should not be trifled with. I don’t know what I would do if I had to block or was going to be blocked by this monster of a man. Holy heck. Jake “The Beast” Brown will record 15 tackles against Blair Academy, who will have a rough time getting even a few first downs in this one. PICK: PJ 27-6
George Muha: I have PJ’s Brian Dolan on my fantasy team this week. I am hoping for 150-yards and 3 TDs receiving. I bet that I am close.  PICK: PJ 45-30

Roxbury @ Morristown

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Roxbury lost a lot of talent to graduation but don’t count out Cosmo Lorusso’s Gaels. Junior quarterback and first year starter Donovan Brady has some big shoes to fill under center, replacing a record-setting (and shattering) quarterback in Grant Dixon. However, with weapons like Tucker Voelbel and Michael Roumes, Brady has some options on offense and it should be enough for Roxbury to get by Morristown in Week 1. PICK: Roxbury 17-7
Brian Daniel: Roxbury had a good season last year, and Coach Lorusso isn’t going to accept anything less this year as well. That being said, their schedule is tough and losing Grant Dixon is not going to be easy to overcome. Kevin Sembrat will help ease the transition while running for over a buck twenty and two scores for the Gaels. First year coach John Power will be looking to get more wins than last year (3) for a Morristown squad that has a good amount of talent. Jhamil King will be a great asset on offense for the Colonials all year and he will run for at least two scores in this match up. Roxbury will win it in the 4th quarter in a close one. PICK: Roxbury 30-27
George Muha: Roxbury has a ton of talented kids this season. But Jhamil King and company will deliver a home win in front of their fans in this one. PICK: Motown 30-28

Morris Hills @ Mendham

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Mendham and Morris Hills are looking to put their struggles from 2015 in the rear view. I have to give the advantage here to the Minutemen as senior running back Jack Anderson has the potential to be a difference maker. Look for him to go for over 100 yards in this Week 1 match-up against the Knights. PICK: Mendham 24-7
Brian Daniel: The Hills come alive when Daymon “Flinging” Fleming is at the helm on offense. A four-year starter, he is the man for Hills. Nick “Breaking Down” Walls is no joke at running back and his yards after contact is probably somewhere around 9.3. First year coach Brett Ressler will have a tough year but the Minutemen will be decent. That being said, even the efforts of FB/LB Tommy Spinelli (who will score a TD and make 10 tackles) won’t be enough to get that first win under Coach Ressler’s belt. PICK: The Hills 20-15
George Muha: I really like this MoHills team and think they have the ability to get ahead early on teams. But Mendham is an under-the-radar team with guys like Reed Randolph and Jack Anderson grinding out tough yards and eating away valuable clock time. PICK: Mendham 35-30

Mount Olive @ Morris Knolls

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Morris Knolls had a high-octane offense last season putting up over 35 points six times! Will that carry over into 2016? Unfortunately, Mt. Olive will be the first ones to tell us. PICK: Morris Knolls 35-10
Brian Daniel: Mount Olive had a rough year last year but new coach Brian O’Connor is hitting the ground running. The guy knows football and it will show. Besides being a former HP Hornet (which already gives him credibility in my eyes) he has been around good football coaches his whole career. That stuff rubs off on people. Look for them to run and gun their way to over 25 points a game this year. Knolls’ QB Nick Vittoriro is coming back this year and hoping to do some damage on offense in his senior year. It will be close but Mt. Olive will get off to good start with a win in this one. PICK: Mount Olive 42-28
George Muha: Mount Olive coach Brian O’Connor will make the 2016 Marauders a team to be reckoned with. However, it’s going to have to wait a week because before getting that first win because there is no way this Knolls team is dropping a loss in the home opener.  PICK:  Knolls 30-20

Randolph @ Sparta

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Randolph took care of business against Sparta last season, winning 20-14. Now, in 2016, seniors Antony Salemi and Jeramie Simmons lead a Rams team that is looking to get back to being a state title contender. The Spartans are chomping at the bit in Week 1, but Randolph will spoil their home opener. PICK: Randolph 21-14
Brian Daniel: Sparta finds a way to win. Coach Marchiano said this might be one of his most talented teams. That seems crazy for a two time State Champ to say but I kind of believe him. Here is one thing I know, Senior Alex Miliken is going to run for over 1500 yards and 15 scores this year, and that is with other teams plans to stop him in place. The Rams will slow him down, but won’t stop him from scoring 2 TDS and running for a buck fifty in this one. Meanwhile, the Rams won’t be sitting around, look for Nick Zach to make over a dozen tackles and Carlo (how come nobody is ever named Carlo anymore? It’s a good Italian name, start bringing it back) Zarro will score two in a tough battle. PICK: Sparta 27-24
George Muha: Even though Randolph RB Carlo Zarro was my first pick in fantasy this year and I know he is going to rack up a ton of points for me this week, I don’t see the Rams stopping Sparta’s high powered offensive machine.  Spartan QB Matt Maute and RB Alex Milliken will be taking turns scoring all afternoon. PICK: Sparta 40-28

Lenape Valley @ Madison

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Lenape Valley and Madison has turned into a great rivalry. This is a game that should be played in the middle of the season, not in Week 1! Anything is possible when these two teams meet up and that is what makes this one so hard to pick. Madison is the home team and that is the only thing making me lean towards the Dodgers winning this one. PICK: Madison 10-7
Brian Daniel: Madison is a powerhouse and it’s crazy that two state champs have to play each other right out of the gate in Week 1, but here we are. Madison has a crazy home base, and it’s going to give them an advantage for sure. Look for PJ “Harvey” Mulcahy to do damage and build on his amazing end of season play last year. However, the Valley is on a mission to repeat as champions. Leading the charge on the field and in the locker room is Stevie Leyden “Down the Law” at running back. He will break two long runs in this game and the Valley will barely squeak out a victory in this one. PICK: The Valley 28-27
George Muha: Madison is going to have the upper hand with the home field advantage, especially coming off a state title. But Lenape Valley returns many of their starters from last season and they are poised to run the table this season. PICK: Lenape Valley 29-21

About the Predictors

Dan Exter spent eight years as a producer for MSG Varsity and is the founder and director of Layups 4 Life, a non-for-profit that uses a wildly popular 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for cancer research.

Dan Exter is a Roxbury HS alumni that spent eight years as a producer for MSG Varsity and is the founder and director of Layups 4 Life, a non-for-profit that uses a wildly popular 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for cancer research.

Brian Kenney

Brian Daniel is a Hanover Park alumni who really has nothing to do with high school sports.  But he’s George Muha’s oldest friend and frequent crasher of his couch so George feels obligated to give him something to do.

George Muha is a Hanover Park alumni who has been covering high school football for nine years.  George is the founder of MSS and is also on the board of the Greater Morris Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

George Muha is a Hanover Park alumni who has been covering high school football for nine years.  George is the founder of MSS and proud board member of the Greater Morris Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

 

 

 

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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