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Okay folks, there are just two games left to decide which teams will end up playing in MetLife Stadium.  Lenape Valley, Madison, Morris Hills and Par Hills have already punched their ticket.  Now it up to the Randolph Rams and West Morris Wolfpack to see if they can represent Morris Sussex in the season finale.  This is how we predict it will go down for these teams this weekend as they battle two Wayne teams in the North 1, Group 4 state section.

7 Randolph (7-3) @ 3 Wayne Valley (8-2)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Rams are my second half team of the year. What a turnaround for Randolph. They started the season losing two out of their first three and then a switch went off. Coach Holman’s crew would go on to win four of their next five and were red hot going into the post season. However, they narrowly escaped Irvington in the opening rounds of the playoffs and won by the skin of their teeth. Now facing a Wayne Valley team that wants nothing more than an opportunity to meet their cross town rival at MetLife, this game has the potential of being an instant classic. Randolph will not bend easily but the Indians may have just enough to make them break. PICK: Valley 35-34
Brian Kenney: The second half of the season has the Rams saying “Why not us?” and you know what , I am in. I think Randolph can pull off the upset here. Look for Chris Flynn to get a bunch of tackles and force a turnover on D and Justin Suarez to throw for 200 plus yards in a barn burner. PICK: Rams 21-20
George Muha: The Rams are hotter than hot! After last weeks’ 13-12 away win over Irvington their confidence level has risen to new heights. What I love about this team is they are confident but not cocky. No team is playing better “team” football than this group. This game won’t be a cake walk by any means. But the way Coach Holman likes to wear out opponents with the run behind Nick Zach, Eric Lubrano, Anthony Salemi and Ryan Mulligan and then devastate them with well timed Suarez-to-Simmons passes is just so hard to defend against. The key to this game will be defense. And when you have Chandler Boykins and Nick Petruzzello wreaking havoc from the defensive line position, I don’t know how you can pick against the Rams. Those two will combine for three sacks, one turnover and 15 tackles in the win. PICK: Rams 24-21

4 West Morris (9-1) @ 1 Wayne Hills (9-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: This is going to be a great game. Both teams play tough. Both teams play physical and what is probably the most evident, both teams play with a lot of pride. However, Wayne Hills is playing angry as that was evident with what they did to my Gaels. I have been picking the Wolfpack all season but I just think Wayne Hills has at a whole other level. The Wolfpack will be the latest Morris County speed bump that just gets in the way of the Patriots. PICK: Hills 28-20
Brian Daniel: I know it’s an upset pick but I really think West Morris can win this one. Their O-line is kicking but and I think it will continue in this game. Look for Cole “Drago” Draghi and Jake “King” Congdon to ramble for a combined 4 scores and 300 yards in this one. PICK: WM 35-27
George Muha: This is an actual true story…during our annual Thanksgiving backyard family football game, my 7th grade nephew (who lives in Long Valley) scored a touchdown and as he was running by the defense he yelled, “I just went Cole Draghi on you!” Again, that is dead honest true.  Show’s how the senior stud is becoming somewhat of a folk hero in town.  I’ll get back to Draghi in a second but first let’s discuss Wayne Hills. Holy schnikies, these guys are good! Quarterback Brendan DeVera threw for almost 2,000 yards and an astonishing 33 TDs! And Hunter and Tyler Hayek are absolute beasts on both sides of the field. Everyone in the world is picking these guys to romp this Saturday. But here is why they won’t. First of all, yes, Cole Draghi is literally a gladiator from the Roman times. However, WMC is by far a one-trick pony. Jake Congdon would be the featured back on just about every other team in Morris Sussex. Bryce Sokolowski and Jake Ligos are deadly weapons from the receiver position. Quarterback Ryan Finlay has ice in his veins and is as cool as they come. And Mike Egan is money from where ever he kicks it. But to me, there are three reasons why no one should be overlooking the Wolfpack. 1) Defensive back Peter “Richard Sherman” Taylor has led a defense that has been a turnover machine all season long. The fact that Wayne Hills likes to pass, plays into WMC’s strength. 2) The Wolfpack line just might be the best in Morris Sussex. Mike Bolla, Erik Henwood and Taylor Parkinson-Gee are bring a healthy mix of athleticism and beef that has been crushing the best defensive fronts all season long. 3) And lastly, West Morris has one of the most successful active coaches in New Jersey as their field general in Kevin Hennelly. Hennelly wins the states every four years and guess what?  It’s been four years since he won his last one. I seriously don’t know what the newspapers and pollsters are smoking. Honestly, if I were Wayne Hills, I’d be VERY nervous right now. PICK: Wolves 35-28

How We Predicted Them Last Week

Dan: 7-4 (63.63%)
Brian: 4-7 (36.36%)
George: 5-6 (45.45%)

How We Predicted Them This Year So Far

Dan: 171-62 (73.39%)
Brian: 159-74 (68.24%)
George: 162-71 (69.52%)

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. Have an opinion about Dan’s picks?  Tell him what you think via his Twitter handles:  @d_exter15 and @Layups4Life

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. Have an opinion about Brian’s picks?  Tell him what you think via his Twitter handle:  @bdk29

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. Have an opinion about George’s picks?  Tell him what you think via his twitter handle:  @UnrulyFan

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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