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Every week Dan, Brian and George slug it out to predict the most football games correctly. Morris Sussex Sports has incentivized these three knuckleheads with a $200 pot to who ever picks the most correct games at the end of the season. Keep up with their progress every Thursday when the 2017 Game Day Eateries Weekly Predictions come out. Looking for a place to eat on Game Days? Please dine at one of our Game Day Eateries!

Friday Night Lights

Roselle Park (0-0) @ Sussex Tech (0-0)

Dan Exter of Layups 4 Life:  I have to admit, I think there is something a lefty quarterback brings to the table that makes them unique. Tech has 6-4 senior quarterback Tyler Crum, a lefty, leading the way and he will be the cog that runs this Mustang machine. Tech started the season strong a year ago, winning their first four games but then faltered from there. Can the Mustangs not only get off to the same hot start but keep it going throughout the season? They can’t overlook Roselle Park because the Panthers will come to play. PICK: Sussex Tech 28-20
Brian Daniel: I wish Shyheim “The Outlaw” Outlander was still playing for Tech. He has to be one of my favorite names in all my years of writing predictions. I gotta be honest, I have no darn clue who is going to win this game. I want the Techhies to win because they are the “hometown” team if you will. The last time I saw Roselle Park play was when Hanover Park beat them in the State Championship in 1990. They had a rough game in 1990. That, of course, means nothing today, but I’m going to go ahead and say ST comes out swinging in the first game of the year and wins a close one. PICK: ST 14-13
George Muha: Brian Daniel has it wrong…my Hanover Park team actually beat Roselle (not Roselle Park) in the state finals in 1990 by a score of 51-14. Before I start telling my old exaggerated Al Bundy football stories, I’m going to bring it back to this game. There is no way Sussex Tech drops this game on their home turf. Dylan “The” Beebe “Gun” will have two sacks and Richie Hofmann will gather 14 tackles to keep Roselle to two scores while Tyler Crum throws for 225 yards and three touchdowns (no pressure guys!). PICK: ‘Stangs 35-13

Livingston (0-0) @ Randolph (0-0)

Dan Exter of Layups 4 Life: Randolph has several of leaders on both sides of the ball in quarterback Justin Suarez and defensive lineman Chandler Boykins. Look for the Rams to come out fired up, on their home field, against the visiting Lancers. PICK: Randolph 17-10
Brian Daniel: Wow, these games are early! When George told me I had to predict games so early in the season it was like somebody waking me up at 5 am and telling me to run 5 miles. I just want to go back to bed. Luckily Mr. Muha is all over two counties previewing teams so we are all up to speed on what’s on tap and who is looking to dominate. In this one, I see the Rams’ Justin Suarez in mid-season form already, throwing for a score and rushing for another one in an exciting home victory. PICK: Rams 20-13
George Muha:  I can’t imagine what it must be like for an opposing QB to look past the line of scrimmage and seeing Chandler Boykins on all fours staring up at him just daring him to say “hike”.  No defensive lineman can get in the backfield faster than this 5-10, 250-pound freak.  Good luck with that Mr. Livingston QB!  PICK:  Rams 28-21

Pennington (0-0) @ Morristown-Beard (0-0)

Dan Exter of Layups 4 Life: Morristown-Beard finished last year with a 2-7 record but Tim Fell and company will look to bounce back in 2017. Led by senior running back Tahj Valentine and senior quarterback Declan Kelly, the offense will be in good hands. Look for the Crimson to start the new season the right way, with a ‘W’. PICK: Mo-Beard 14-10
Brian Daniel: With the Irishman Declan Kelly at QB and the man, myth and legend Tahj “Won’t you Be My” Valentine running roughshod over his opponents, I don’t see Pennington keeping it too close. PICK: The Beard 30-14
George Muha: If Tahj Valentine wasn’t your first pick in your Morris-Sussex fantasy draft than you made a mistake. I am calling it right now that the Tahj-manian Devil will rush for four TDs and nearly 200-yards in the Week Zero opener.  Since I am apparently arbitrarily predicting exact stats, I call Ryan Russo has 11 tackles…and an INT (why not!).  PICK:  Beards 34-24

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Bishop McNamara MD (0-0) @ Pope John (0-0)

Dan Exter of Layups 4 Life: Don’t let visiting Bishop McNamara fool you. These Maryland teams can play! It is in the best interest of Pope John to get games like these in the win column because by the time Week 4 rolls around, they will play Delbarton and then in Week 5, Seton Hall Prep. Week 6, 7 and 8? The Bermuda Triangle of New Jersey high school football with Paramus Catholic, St. Joe’s (Mont.) and Bergen Catholic. Head coach Brain Carlson has to be preaching how important it is to win against these out-of-state teams. He will rely on the anchor of his defense and Boston College commit, Nick DeNucci, to be an extension of the coaching staff on the field and lead this defensive unit. On offense, Berrell Neal better get ready to carry the load on offense, because he will be getting his number called early and often to set the tone. PICK: Pope John 27-20
Brian Daniel: Ugh, I hate these out of state games! I get why they play them but it’s just crazy. I couldn’t tell you one thing about the squad from Maryland, except they are probably pretty good. That being said, I think Pope John is going to have a bounce back year. Call me crazy, but I’ll pick Pope John in this one because of my buddies Joe D’Onofrio and Damien Conforti, who both played there (They are 100, so I’m sure these youngsters don’t know them.). Look for Berrell “Lorenzo” Neal and Terrance “T-Bone” Jones to each score rushing TDs in this one. PICK: PJ 27-24
George Muha: I’m so proud of my main man Nick DeNucci for getting recruited by Boston College. I just hope the head coach knows having Uncle Muha run out of the tunnel at home games is part of the package. As far as this game, I don’t know how anyone can stop Terrance Jones this season…let alone this game. PICK: PJ 35-25

Weequahic (0-0) @ Morris Catholic (0-0)

Dan Exter of Layups 4 Life: Weequahic ran the table last year and had the perfect 12-0 season and a state championship. A tough opening draw for Morris Catholic but anything can happen, which is why you strap ’em up and play the game. Hopefully the Crusaders have their helmets strapped on extra tight. PICK: Weequahic 28-7
Brian Daniel: Give it to the Catholics, they aren’t starting out easy with their first game of the season. Weequahic is defending State Champs and still have a lot of great players on the squad. While Damon Lattuga will have a serious impact on defense for MC, it’s going to be a tough one. I think at the end Weequahic will pull it out. PICK: Weequahic 20-16
George Muha: I know Weequahic won the state title last year. That was last year though. I predict Morris Catholic QB Nasir Clerk is going to have an amazing season. The kid is Morris-Sussex’s version of Michael Vick. And having the advantage of handing it off to DePaul transfer Darrell Sellers on any given won’t hurt in keeping defenses guessing. MC’s going to be for real this season and it all starts with a big statement in Week Zero. PICK: MC 35-27

How We Predicted Them Last Season

Dan: 173-62 (73.61%)
Brian: 159-76 (67.65%)
George: 162-73 (68.93%)

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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