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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 nights or Friday mornings 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!

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Butler (1-1) @ Shabazz (2-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Anthony Travis Jr. had himself a day last week against Hopatcong, throwing for three touchdowns in Shabazz’s 28-6 win against ‘Da Cong. Look for Travis Jr and company to have similar success as the host Butler. PICK: Shabazz 28-6
Brian Daniel: Butler has it’s hands full with a tough Shabazz team at home. They will keep it close and Pat Brady scores once for the Bulldogs on a great catch, but I think Shabazz wins it in the final minutes of this one. PICK: Shabazz 34-30
George Muha: Just so you know, Butler is VERY under rated. Nobody is talking about them but I guarantee they start letting everyone what they are made of. Shabazz will want to air it out, which plays right in to Coach Luciani’s evil plan. Look for Bulldog QB Declan Minogue to show the world he can huck the rock around with the best of them. PICK: Butts 45-40

Hoboken (2-0) @ Dover (0-2)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: There is no jokin when it comes to Hoboken’s offense. In the first two weeks of the season the Red Wings have been flying on offense with a combined 67 points. PICK: Hoboken 42-0
Brian Daniel: While Dover plays tough at home, I think that Hoboken is just a little out of their league at this point. Still, Dover’s Izzy Quiroz will collect 14-17 tackles by the end of the game. PICK: ‘Boken 35-12
George Muha: Dover’s Masyn Sanchez starting to heal up and that is something that should concern the Bokens. That and Izzy “Pop” Quiroz is hungrier than hungry for a win. The Tigers will get a “W” soon but I don’t think it’s happening this week. PICK: Hoboken 21-14

North Warren (1-1) @ Hackettstown (2-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Who drafted Anthony Caputo on their fantasy football team? 10 for 15 for 240 yards and 3 TDs in the Tiger’s 41-7 schalacking of Wallkill Valley! It might be a long Friday night for North Warren. PICK: Hackettstown 35-0
Brian Daniel: H-Town is on a roll. Look for Christian Maciak to create another turnover for H-Town and that will help turn the tide in their favor. North Warren had a rough game last week but will show signs of life on offense this week, despite falling short. Look for NW’s Luke Golick to get a sack or two in this one. PICK: H-Town 24-14
George Muha: I love the energy oozing out of both of these teams. They are both brimming with a confident chip on their shoulders…but they are not cocky. I see this one being a battle to the final whistle with Christian “The Maniac” Maciak rushing for 150-yards and two TDs in a hometown win. PICK: H-town 35-34

Mountain Lakes (2-0) @ Hanover Park (2-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Here we go Mountain Lakes. Solid win last week against Lincoln but looking at who Hanover Park has beaten so far (more so their tight win in Week 1 vs Cedar Grove) I think I have to favor the Hornets. Look for the HP to get it done at home and remain undefeated. PICK: HP 21-17
Brian Daniel: Wow, who would have thought the Herd would turn it around so fast? They are firing on all cylinders and come into the Hornets Nest on Senior Night, looking for an upset. While Herd WR Frank Patracuolla will find the endzone again at least once, I think HP’s defense bends but doesn’t break in this one. Look for Anthony Salvemini to collect over 15 tackles and a sack in this one for HP. PICK: HP 27-24
George Muha: Uggh…I hate this game for my alma mater Hornets. Their Wing-T offense from hell scares the heck out of me because they run it so darn well. My fear is that it is going to keep our offense off the field too much. But has anyone been paying attention to Hanover Park receiver Michal Radomski? I am not talking about opposing teams. I mean is Rutgers, UConn, Temple, Delaware, etc. paying attention? This guy is college player right now and for that reason, I think he’ll be too hard for even the Herd to tame. PICK: Hornets 30-24

Mount Olive (2-0) @ High Point (2-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Great start for the Marauders, getting off to a 2-0 start in 2017. Can they keep it going against High Point? Might be easier said than done. MO has a stud quarterback in Liam Anderson, who aired it out for over 200-yards and three scores last week. High Point’s quarterback Jake Liscinsky was efficient to say the least, with three of his passes counting for two touchdowns. If you like offense this will be the game to go to. Look for MO to go 3 and OHHH (see what I did there???) PICK: MO 35-28
Brian Daniel: Mount Olive is rolling and full of confidence going into High Point Stadium in a battle of the undefeateds!!! This is definitely the Game of the Week. How about HP’s offensive line, with not one, not two, but THREE 100 yards rushers last week? I think I could have probably picked up 50-60 yards behind that line (on 20 carries). Look for Mt. Olive’s defense, especially Ryan Hodgins and Caden Kramer, to be busy in this one. They will combine for almost 30 tackles, but in the end I will go with the home field advantage in this one. PICK: HP 21-20
George Muha: If High Point was a boxer their strategy would be to jab you in the gut over and over. They are extremely smart, efficient and athletic and rely on wearing teams out. They don’t nervously start passing deep if they are down a touchdown. They just stick to their plan and keep chipping away at you. What would scare me if I were MO is they also have a deadly left hook that they only use when they know the other team isn’t expecting it. With all that said, the Marauder’s defense has been so impressive this season. Defenders Paul Moore and Ryan Hodgins are built to go the distance. PICK: MO 34-33

Newton (2-0) @ Hopatcong (0-2)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Life doesn’t get easier for the Chiefs. Newton is coming off a huge win against Lenape Valley and boy does that make a statement. Welcome to my radar Braves, I see you. Look for the Newton defense to play shut out football, led by Nick Brigante and tackle machine Will Larsen (15 tackles in Week 2). PICK: Newton 35-0
Brian Daniel: Newton is off to a fast start and I don’t think the ‘Cong is going to slow them down. Look for Armando Santiago to rush for over 100-yards for the second straight week for ‘Cong in the loss. Newton’s Jonny VanNess will collect two sacks (at least) in this one. PICK: Newton 22-10
George Muha: Newton won’t have to ask “Where in the world is Armando Santiago?” because the Hopatcong defender will definitely be in on 75% of the tackles. Speaking of a lot of tackles, how about our FBU Player of the Week Will Larsen picking up 15 tackles for Newton last week. Hopatcong will get a “W”…but it won’t be against the Braves this week. PICK: Newton 34-10

Mendham (0-2) @ Jefferson (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Falcons defense is what has been keeping them in games this season but if there is ever an opportunity for the offense to catch up, it will be against Mendham. Jefferson gets a little win streak going against the Minutemen. PICK: Jefferson 21-6
Brian Daniel: Mendham is going to have their hands full in J-Town on Friday. While Mendham’s Eric Schmeal will run for a touchdown and close to 60-yards, the offense in general will have problems moving the ball. Joe Mallory will not only get two sacks for Jefferson, but will cause a fumble deep in Mendham’s territory. PICK: Jefferson 31-20
George Muha: Trust me when I tell you, this Jefferson team is a legit playoff team. But I am not throwing in the towel on Mendham and their golden-haired sophomore QB Logan Clouse. I’m putting my chips on Mendham linebackers Zack Polley and Giuseppe Canino to keep the Falcon’s “O” in check while Lil’ Evan Petrucci unleashes his fury at runningback. PICK: Mendham 28-24

Kittatinny (1-1) @ Lakeland (2-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Kittatinny makes the cross county trip to Bergen County and take on a Lakeland team that has had two quality, grind it out wins against Wayne Valley and Passaic Valley. Being tested early and coming out with the win will give the Lancers the confidence they need in improving to 3-0. PICK: Lakeland 17-7
Brian Daniel: Lakeland Bank High School is off to a great start at 2-0 and they are very hard to beat at home. Kittatinny is going to put up a heck of a fight with Zach Mafaro running for almost 200 in this one along with 2 scores, but in the end the Bankers win. PICK: Lakeland 17-16
George Muha: Boy it’s fun to see Zach Mafaro back in form for the Kittatinny Cougars has he rushed for nearly two bills last week. I think he’ll keep the Lakeland Banks on their heels but the Cougs will have a hard time stopping their “O”. PICK: Lakeland 32-10

Wallkill Valley (0-2) @ Lenape Valley (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: A shocker last week as Lenape Valley went down 20-7 at the hands of Newton in Week 2. Look for Coach Smolyn to have his guys on point and ready to go against Wallkill Valley. I would not of wanted to be at practice this week as I am sure the Patriots were put through the ringer in prepping for this one. Look for it to show as LV gets back in the win column. PICK: LV 35-0
Brian Daniel: The annual battle of the Valleys! Wallkill is off to slow start, and Lenape is looking to bounce back from last week’s loss. While Wallkill’s Jake Lonsky will have a pick or two in this game, in the end Lenape’s Craig Swanson will make the throws in the final drive to put them up ahead for good. PICK: Lenape Valley 31-30
George Muha: Last week Lenape Valley suffered a tough loss against Newton. There is nothing they can do about that but don’t think Patriots 280-pound linemen William Ernst and Rocco Bonavolonta aren’t going to try to avenge last week by taking it out on Wallkill. I do think WV’s Dylan Harlos scores twice, but the Patriots runningback’s Drew Pickett and Troy DuPont will be way too much for the Rangers defense. PICK: Pats 40-20

Morristown (0-2) @ West Morris (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Talk about a grinder. That was the game West Morris had against West Essex last week, squeaking out a 14-13 win last week. Never saying that games are easy but look for them to not struggle as much as they host Morristown. This could be the game that the Wolfpack gets everything in order and plays like one of the top teams in the county, showcasing their dominance. PICK: West Morris 28-0
Brian Daniel: Morristown is playing tough despite their 0-2 record. West Morris is looking to win one for their loyal fans. Morristown’s Nate Estiverne will break free for a long TD in this one, but Jack Dipietro will run for 100 yards and two scores for West Morris as they get above .500. PICK: West Morris 21-17
George Muha: First off, WMC you are welcome for last week’s win. I totally faked out Wessex’s by thinking that Rourke Colligan (who is healing from a broken leg) was playing. I thought I’d get a phone call or two but I know you appreciated my handy work.  This game will be much different of a scenario as Motown knows you all too well. I see this being a battle as Motown tough guys QB Jake Buchner and RB Drew Chilson try to get their first “W”. However, beating the ‘Pack on their foggy, wet football field is harder than it looks. PICK: WMC 34-33

Par Hills (2-0) @ Roxbury (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Another tough one for my alma mater Gaels but Coach Lorusso wouldn’t have it any other way for Roxbury. I can’t deny the fact that Parsippany Hills has one of the top quarterbacks in the area with Nick “V is for Victory” Verducci and that he went off, again, this time throwing for over one-hundred yards and two touchdowns. This is a huge test for the Roxbury defense. The Gaels kept it close against Wayne Hills (at least in the first half) but I am not sure if they can contain the Vikings star quarterback. Please, everyone from Roxbury, don’t hold this prediction against me. PICK: Par Hills 35-31
Brian Daniel: The ‘Bury is tough at home, but Par Hills is off to a fast start and not looking to get slowed down by the Gaels. Look for EJ Comerford to have an INT in the last minutes of the game to seal the win for the Hills. PICK: Par Hills 36-28
George Muha: I heard Kirk Herbstreit is looking for a good game to see this Friday night as he is coming to Manhattan this weekend to host his ESPN College GameDay show. If he does, he will not be disappointed as these two powerhouses will certainly put on a show. To me, Roxbury is problematic with their big linemen and dangerous skill guys. But I believe that nobody wants a ring harder than the Vikings and if they do it, it’s because they leave every single drop of sweat on the field. PICK: Vikes 34-30

Sparta (2-0) @ Vernon (0-2)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Forty-five plus points in the first two games for the Spartans???  I mean…who do you think I am going with here? PICK: Sparta 45-7
Brian Daniel: It’s going to be a hard day’s night for Vernon on Friday. Sparta just keeps winning. Look for Vernon’s Dan Fedorko to run for a score and throw for two more but Sparta’s Jake Zerillo will have two INTs in this one and their defense will score at least once. PICK: Spartans 44-20
George Muha: This game has “trap game” written all over it. Vernon has a knack for taking the legs out from underneath a big-time team every year. This may be the week. However, I have to put my money on Sparta’s Anthony “Chomp’in” Broccoletti who’s playing like this is the last year of his first NFL contract. PICK: Spartans 41-29

Saturday Afternoon Delights

West Milford (0-2) @ Montville (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Look for the Mustangs to bounce back after a tough loss to Sparta. They can’t let that loss sit in their heads for too long as the Spartans are one of the best teams in the county if not the state (when it comes to public school programs). Montville gets back on track. PICK: Montville 42-7
Brian Daniel: The ‘Stangs are going to bounce back in spectacular fashion this week against a struggling West Milford team. But West Milford is always one of my favorite towns because that is where I got my shelter dog, who is 16 years old! Anyway, look for Montville’s Mike “Get to Work” Burke to throw for a score and run for another here. PICK: Montville 34-13
George Muha: I love how Montville is making the best use of their talented skill guys Burke and Billand who connected in the air a bunch of times last week. But the Mustang’s Anthony “I am a” Manna is the one who will have his name most called by the announcer in a convincing win. PICK: Stangs 32-19

Morris Knolls (0-2) @ Randolph (2-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Randolph is an interesting team and I am not sure of what to make of them just yet. However, the numbers don’t lie. Ram’s quarterback Justin Suarez had a monster game throwing for 260 yards and two touchdowns, leading the way for all quarterbacks in Morris/Sussex. Look for him to have another big outing against a Morris Knolls team that is struggling. PICK: Randolph 28-6
Brian Daniel: Randolph is off to a great start. Look for them to roll over a Knolls team that hasn’t quite figured it all out yet. Justin Suarez will throw for 300-yards for the first time this year for the Rams, but it won’t be the last time. PICK: Rams 30-19
George Muha: I’ve been waiting for a good QB-WR duo to emerge this season and I think we’ve found it in Randolph’s Justin Suarez to Nick Wolmart connection. This past week these two combined for 151-yards and two touchdowns on six passes in an aerial assault they unleashed in a win against Motown. However, Knolls has been nursing some nagging injuries that are starting to heal up and I predict runningback Nathaniel “Thurston” Howell III is going to unearth a can of you-know-what in what will be the WFAN turning point of the season for the Golden Eagles. Knolls 40-35

Sussex Tech (0-2) @ Pascack Hills (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Do not sleep on these Bergen County teams, they can play. Tech is off to a rocky start and don’t led Hills’ 59-29 loss last week fool you. It was against one of the best public school football programs in North Jersey in Westwood. I think the Cowboys will look to bounce back and they’ll do so at home. PICK: Hills 24-14
Brian Daniel: Sussex Tech is having a rough go of it this season but will play tough against the Hills this Saturday. Tech’s Brandon Maroney will have several receptions and a pick on defense in a tough loss. PICK: The Hills 20-12
George Muha: We are predicting these games for money and I am winning so I am not picking with my heart. This preseason, I looked into the eyes of Sussex Tech’s Tyler Crum, Richie Hofmann and a few other of these guys and there is a fire that inside of these guys that I believe in. They’ve been taking their lumps this season but my belief in them has not wavered. I got your back…let’s do this Mustangs! PICK: Stangs 14-10

Lincoln (0-2) @ Whippany Park (2-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Lincoln park had a great program a few years ago but it looks like they are falling on hard times. They will make the trek from Jersey City to Whippany to play a Wildcat team with their sites set on a return trip back to MetLife. WILDCATS, HOOOOOOOOOOO!! PICK: WP – 28-7
Brian Daniel: Whippany Park is off to a great start and won’t disappoint the home-town fans this week. Look for the Law Firm of Papa and Roma to run for well over 200-yards and three scores as the Park rolls to 3-0. PICK: The Park 29-20
George Muha: I love the energy and high flying way WP is playing this year. I don’t know how Lincoln is going to stop the Luke “I am your” Papa or be able to do anything against the defense attorney law firm of Crane, Foglia, Roma and Wong. PICK: ‘Cats 40-12

Delbarton (0-2) @ Pope John (2-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: This is not going to be a good look for Delbarton but I just think Pope John is the better football team here. Playing at home, quarterback Niko Hroncich is a leader and he has the Lions offense on a roll. PICK: PJ 21-7
Brian Daniel: Delbarton is way better than 0-2 but they are going to have their hands full against the Johnnies on their home field in front of their crazy fans. Delby QB Miles Leniw will throw for almost 200-yards and a score, but in the end it’s Pope John’s defense that wins this one. Look for Nicholas DeNucci to rack up some numbers for the Lions on defense. Giovanni “Trick” Tricarico will have a Pick-6 as well for PJ. PICK: PJ 24-17
George Muha: Delby needs a “W” soon…the problem it will have to wait till after this week because PJ QB Niko Hroncich and RB Berrell Neal seem to both be having career years. PICK: Johnnies 34-19

Chatham (0-2) @ Morris Hills (2-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: I have a slogan for Morris Hills. “If you don’t know who we are, you should.” Look for the the dynamic backfield of Sam Valerio and Angelo Macera to dominate the day and lead the way for the Knights. PICK: Hills 35-0
Brian Daniel: State Champs just being State Champs. It’s going to be a long afternoon for the Cougars when Eden Perez and Sam Valerio spend most of it in the Cougar backfield, but Chatham won’t go down without a fight. Look for Max Schelling to cause a turnover or two in this one for Chatham, but it won’t be enough. PICK: The Hills 44-17
George Muha: I am literally going to name my next kid “Francis Babe” after MoHill’s defensive back. It’s got to be the coolest football name in Morris-Sussex and the fact that the kid is having a monster season so far gives it a lot more cache. PICK: MoHills 40-18

Morris Catholic (0-3) @ Marist (0-2)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Marist gets off the schnide and captures their first win of 2017 over MC. PICK: Marist: 17-10
Brian Daniel: The good news is that one of these teams will have a W after this game. The bad news for Marist is it will be Morris Catholic. MC’s TE Matt Luttenberger will catch a slant in the fourth quarter for the go-ahead TD in this one. PICK: MC 14-7
George Muha: I don’t know what is scarier, the new movie “It” or Morris Catholic defenders Patrick Wickenheisser, Anthony Forgione or Damon Lattuga. I am a bad person to ask because I am too chicken to watch horror movies. But if you ask Marist on Saturday night, I bet it will be the Crusader defenders I mentioned above will be the guys they have nightmares about.  PICK:  MC 32-21

Pequannock (2-0) @ Newark Central (0-2)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: This is a long trip for the Panthers but look for them to take this road test and pass with flying colors. PICK: Peqauannock 28-7
Brian Daniel: Newark Central is probably better than their record indicates and they are tough at home but it’s going to be the ‘Quan all day long in this one. Look for Klimek and Jachera to rush for almost 200 yards and three scores for the ‘Quan as they roll. PICK: “Quan 28-13
George Muha: A good word to describe this Pequannock team is intense. They are not flashy, not cocky, not selfish…they are just intense. That word just feels right. They are on a mission and I see them 3-0 heading into Week 4. PICK: Golden Panthers 45-23

Madison (1-1) @ Kinnelon (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Solid bounce back win for the Dodgers in their 27-20 win over Verona. Madison QB Ryan “Schmitty” Schmitz ran wild last week going for a buck, thirty-three and two scores. Look for Coach Kubik to feed Scmitty and feed him often in this one. PICK: Madison 28-14
Brian Daniel: Madison figured it out last week, and is just getting started. While Kinnelon is tough at home, I think the Dodgers will have this in hand by the 3rd quarter. Ryan Schmitz will throw for a score and run for two more in this one. Look for Kinnelon’s Tim Elefonte to score twice as well. PICK: Dodgers 37-20
George Muha: Kinnelon’s Cal “The Kripp Keeper” Krippner and Tim “The Elephant Man” Elefonte want to deliver a home game win in front of their loyal fans. But Madison’s Matty Mulcahy and Ryan Scmitz are looking like they are back in state championship form and I don’t know how anyone can stop that. PICK: Madison 42-23

Parsippany (0-2) @ Boonton (0-2)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: One of these teams will get into the win column when the clock hits zero. Trey Cabalar and Cory Dempster will lead the charge on offense for the Bombers and put Boonton win the win column. PICK: Boonton 21-0
Brian Daniel: I like Boonton at home here. Look for the Boots’ Jimmy Jacobson to force a fumble or two in this one along with ten tackles. That being said, Parsippany won’t go down without a fight. PICK: Boonton 21-16
George Muha: One of these teams will finally get that elusive “W” and I think it’s the home team. Look for Boonton’s Nick Ezzi to pick up two sacks and a fumble recovery as the Bombers give their fans reason to celebrate after the game. PICK: Boots 40-35

How We Predicted Them Last Week

Dan 21-4 (84.00%)
Brian 17-8 (69.00%)
George 22-3 (88.00%)

How We Are Prediction Them So Far This Season

Dan: 38-11 (77.55%)
Brian: 32-17 (65.30%)
George: 39-10 (79.59%)

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 ten 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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