2018 Academic Resources Football Predictions for Week 8

Every week Kevin, Brian and George slug it out to predict the most football games correctly. Morris Sussex Sports has incentivized these three knuckleheads with a prize to be determined to whomever picks the most correct games at the end of the season. Keep up with their progress every Thursday nights or Friday mornings when the 2018 Academic Resources Weekly Predictions come out.


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Friday Nightmares

Sussex Tech (5-3) @ North Warren (1-6)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Brendan Hall was like an invincible Zombie last week on the way to 233 yards and 4 TD’s. North Warren better hope he isn’t contagious. PICK: Tech 24-14
Brian Kenney: Brendan Hall massacred the competition last week while running for over 230 yards and 4 touchdowns. It’s going to be like one of those horror movie sequels this week when Brendan “Deck the” Halls runs for another 180 and 3 scores in a big win by the Tecchies.  PICK: ST 34-20
George Muha: While North Warren has the whole Children of the Corn thing going for them in the fields of Blairstown, I think it will be Sussex Tech’s Dylan Herbst that will be the guy in the hockey mask that will be most responsible for the carnage (it will actually be closer than you think). PICK: Techies 33-28

Kittatinny (6-2) @ Morris Catholic (4-4)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: If I had to pick a costume for Jacob Mafaro it would be Drago from Rocky and I think this one is going to be a dogfight just like the movie. PICK: Kittatinny 21-19
Brian Kenney: Morris Catholic had a rough one last week and the Kits are coming to town like a plague of some sort. Jacob “Mummy” Mafaro will run for 125 yards and 2 scores in this one as the Kits win by a few. PICK: Kits 27-20
George Muha: I believe the original Friday the 13th was filmed near Kittatinny. That will be no coincidence that Jacob “Jason” Mafaro” will be haunting the Crusaders on this frightful night. PICK: Cougs 30-21

Mendham (3-4) @ Jefferson (2-6)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Have you ever driven to Jefferson in the dark? If Mendham gets to the stadium before the sun goes down, I think they have a chance. PICK: Mendham 14-10
Brian Kenney: J-Town has had a rough season but I think at home they have a shot against a decent Mendham squad. Look for Justin “Reaper” Randzio to make a dozen tackles for J-Town and force a turnover in the process. PICK: J-Town 12-7
George Muha: Both of these teams want to wake up from this bad dream of a season. Well, it’s going to be even more of a nightmare for one of these teams after this game. Danny “Pennywise” Murphy won’t be clowning around for the Minutemen. PICK: Mendham 32-21

Parsippany (3-5) @ Pequannock (4-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Everyone plays inspired on Senior Night and Pequannock Senior TE Matt Spatucci will be foaming out the mouth from the first snap. PICK: Pequannock 24-15
Brian Kenney: Jack “Candy Man” Chobanian will record at least two sacks in this one for ‘Quan as they even their record under the lights this Friday night. PICK: Pequannock 17-13
George Muha: Pequannock’s Matt “Norman Bates” Spatucci makes a new taxidermy statue of every opposing teams mascot when he scores a touchdown against them. He’s going to have two stuff Red Birds after this one. PICK: Quan 40-10

Parsippany Hills (5-3) @ Dover (0-8)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: JD Breslauer makes defensive secondary’s feel like they are covering ghosts. PICK: Par Hills 32-10
Brian Kenney: The Vikings are coming to the Jungle to hunt some Tigers this Friday, and it’s not going to be pretty. Look for “Count” Dominick Verducci to run for over 150 yards and Ty “Slasher” Sallie to score on an end-around in this one for the Hills as they roll. PICK: Par Hills 35-14
George Muha: While Dover does have Par Hills beat when it comes to Halloween colors this week, I believe Kevin “Leatherface” Minardi will be chainsawing his way to a victory on both sides of the ball. PICK: Vikes 40-21

Randolph (8-0) @ Ramapo (8-0)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Where do you watch scary movies?  On the Sofia. PICK: Randolph 24-21
Brian Kenney: Wow. This is going to be an epic game. Both teams are having amazing seasons. I think that one of the most important keys to Rams’ QB Anthony “Spooky” Sofia’s success is his O-line giving him the protecting he needs to sling it all over the field. Friday will be no different, as Sofia throws for 3 scores and the Rams pull off a huge win on the road. PICK: Rams 27-20
George Muha: While Ramapo could play the Grim Reaper in what could be a horror film for the Randolph Rams, I think the bad ending will be for the home team as the Rams continue their winning ways. PICK: Randolph 44-42

Wallkill Valley (7-1) @ Hopatcong (3-5)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Wallkill Valley sounds like it comes right out of a horror movie. PICK: Wallkill 21-17
Brian Kenney: Two monster squads battling this week! It’s like Wallkill Valley is Godzilla and the ‘Cong is well, King Kong. I think that Kong wins in the old school movies, but unfortunately that won’t be the case this week. I, for one, have always favored Godzilla over King Kong, or any movie monster. Godzilla is awesome, he talks smack, he has radioactive fire breath, he messes stuff up with his tail, he is a great swimmer. You can’t beat Godzilla. Seriously, he is like…well, the Wallkill Valley of Monsters. Look for Justin Rivera to run for two scores and for Jake Lonsky to have a pick 6 for the Valley in this one. PICK: WV 28-20
George Muha: Hopatcong will have to pick their poison in this one. Do they choice to try to stop 6-3, 220-pound quarterback Alex “Mastro of the Universe” Mastroianni or do they try to slow down Justin “El Caballo” Rivera? No matter what they try to do, I think El Caballo (the horse) will run wild. PICK: Rangers 40-21

West Morris (4-3) @ Roxbury (2-5)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: We will only be 2 days away from a full moon on Friday night so you know the Long Valley residents will definitely be able to hear the howls coming from Roxbury. PICK: Wolfpack 32-21
Brian Kenney: The “Werewolf” Pack of West Morris will attack Roxbury right out of the gate in this one. Jack “Devil” DiPietro will run a kickoff back and score on a toss as West Morris evens out their record. PICK: WM 21-17
George Muha: Just so you know, I really don’t think there is a fan section that compares to West Morris’. Last week they were insane. I heard this week the theme is killer clowns. I think that will be too freaky for the Gaels to handle. PICK: Pack 24-7

Whippany Park (0-8) @ Kinnelon (1-7)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: If Kinnelon can Trick Coach Morgenroth, they will be in for a Treat. PICK: Colts 14-10
Brian Kenney: Well, both of these teams feel like it’s been a “Nightmare on Whippany and Kinnelon Roads” this season but there have been some positive notes. Look for Antone “Killer” Kasabi to run for 2 scores in this one as Kinnelon wins a close one. PICK: Kinnelon 14-12
George Muha: I heard a headless Ichabod Crane can be seen riding a Colt on Friday nights around Kinnelon’s field. That will be just too much for the Wildcats when he comes out. PICK: Kinnelon 32-28

Boonton (5-2) @ Mountain Lakes (6-1)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Imagine how scary it would be if the Mountain Lakes helmets turned into Jack O’Lanterns. They are already half way there. PICK: Lakers 24-18
Brian Kenney: Cross-town rivals are going at it, and it’s going to be a great one. Jack “Sickle” Schicke will catch 8 passes for over 100 yards and 2 scores in this one for the Herd, but Boonton will not go quietly in the night, as Corey “The Destroyer” Dempster runs for over 150 yards for the Boots. In the end, I think the home field advantage helps Mountain Lakes strive for the victory in a barn burner. PICK: Lakes 34-30
George Muha: This game is going to be a total fright fest as both teams are capable of damage. I can’t wait to get score updates from my buddy Bobby Ezzi during the game. While I think the Boots will take chunks of flesh from the Herd, I like the home team in this one. PICK: Herd 44-34

High Point (4-3) @ Lenape Valley (3-5)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Nothing scarier than a senior on senior night. PICK: Lenape Valley 14-10
Brian Kenney: Rumor has it Lenape Valley High School is a hotbed for alien contact. I heard the planetarium, which was closed in 2016 to reportedly make way for science labs, was actually closed because students made contact with aliens from outer space. I’m not talking Aliens like in Aliens 2 (one of the best scary Alien movies of all time), I’m talking more like E.T. type creatures, pretty friendly, long necks, want to “go home”, etc. Basically the Lenape Valley Planetarium became New Jersey’s own Area 51. Students still see strange lights in the dark Sussex County sky. What does this mean for the game? Will High Point be scared to go and forfeit? Unlikely. In fact, I heard that High Point students see crazy things in the woods of Sussex all the time anyway, and are used to it. Look for Travis Tallamy and Dravis Dvorak to combine for 20 tackles and 2 forced fumbles for HP as they pull out a close one at Area 51. PICK: HP 34-31
George Muha: Lenape Valley’s home field can be a spooky place to play. But the Wildcats are not afraid of the dark this year and I think they’ll be the Boogie Man when this one is said and done. PICK: Wildcats 32-22

Madison (3-4) @ Newton (7-1)
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Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Matt Somers looking like Casper out there on D with those sacks last week. Now ya see him, now you don’t! PICK: She turned me into a Newt… I got better. 37-21
Brian Kenney: Newton residents have a story about a winged creature with really long claws that haunts the woods of Sussex County. Many have reported seeing it, and it turned out it was just some crazy killer who escaped from Greystone that was wearing an Atlanta Falcons mascot outfit. So, no harm no foul. I mean, they never captured the crazed killer, but I’m sure it’s all good. This is just what I heard, I don’t know. I do know Madison doesn’t like spooky night games up in the woods of Sussex County. They also will not like facing the O-Line of Newton and Nick Brigante and Ryan Kaiser “Soze” running the ball. PICK: Newton 27-20
George Muha: Madison is playing for their playoff lives but unless they can pull of some kind of Close Encounters of the Third Kind-esk upset, I don’t see them stopping the Newtonians. PICK: Braves 32-24

Butler (6-1) @ Wood-Ridge (4-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Sean Centinaro can be the Grim Reaper to any team if he runs the ball like he did last week. PICK: Butler 27-19
Brian Kenney: Butler is quietly having an awesome season. Wood Ridge is trembling with fear as Sean Centinaro comes to town with his Butler High School rushing record. He almost ran for 300 yards last week, and is looking for another 250 this week. PICK: Bulldogs 28-14
George Muha: Now that Sean “Freddy Krueger” Centinaro broke the all time rushing record for Butler, he’s got to compile on the yardage so he can enjoy the record for a good fifty years like Tom Smith (the previous record holder) did. PICK: Dawgs 44-31

Montville (6-2) @ Vernon (0-8)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I hope Vernon doesn’t leave a bowl of candy on their doorstep because Burke and company take whatever you give them. PICK: Montville 32-10
Brian Kenney: Vernon has one thing going for them against a tough Montville team – gremlins. That’s right, around Halloween tons of gremlins infest Vernon High School and cause all sorts of problems. They aren’t that mean, they are just a pain the butt. What does it mean for this game? Turnovers, penalties, and probably a bunch of squashed gremlins on the field. When the dust settles, Montville will still pull this one out, thanks to Nick “The Butcher” Billand receiving for 130 yards and two scores and Alex “The Gouger” Garcia getting to the QB a few times and forcing a big turnover in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the ‘Stangs. PICK: Montville 21-10.
George Muha: Look for the Mustangs to bring out the guillotine as they take care of business one more time before the postseason starts. PICK: Stangs 49-21

Saturday Afternoon Mischief

Mount Olive (4-3) @ Morristown (1-6)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: The Motown offense will have to come up with a good disguise if they want to stop Dylan Mayer from having double digit tackles for the second week in a row. PICK: Mount Olive 21-7
Brian Kenney: Everyone loved the feel-good story out of Morristown last week, including me. Credit to Morristown and Delbarton for one of the best stories of the year. This week, however, a Mount Olive team on the ropes is coming to town, and the Marauders’ goal is simple, conquer and destroy Motown like something taken out of Cersei’s playbook from Game of Thrones. Dylan “Michael Meyers” Mayer will have almost 20 tackles in this one for Morristown as they win easily. PICK: Mt. Olive 40-20
George Muha: I just picked up Motown RB Kevin Hasenbein for my fantasy team. The way he’s been talking to the media about how he’s practicing new touchdown dances, I just need that guy on my team. I do think the Marauders will win, but my new favorite player is definitely Hasenbein. PICK: MO 44-23

Hanover Park (3-4) @ Chatham (2-5)
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Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: If the Cougars can keep Matthew Tuli from TP-ing their field like he threw the ball last week, the Chatham seniors can go out on top at home. PICK: Chatham 14-10
Brian Kenney: The scariest thing about this game for the Hornets is that if they lose their playoff chances might disappear. The Cougars are looking to play spoiler at home, and it will again fall on HP’s QB Matt Tuli to ignite the offense to score some points. Last week he did a good job at that, throwing for over 200 yards while rushing for almost 100 and accounting for 4 scores. This Saturday the weather is going to be frightening for both QBs, as it will be cold and rainy. Ryan Lonergan will throw and run for scores in this one for Chatham, but in the end, Hanover Park’s Michael “Ferocious” Ferrone and his teammates Anthony Salvemini, Kyle Junda, Nick Zarra and even youngster Luca Zirpoli will be swarming all day on defense, accounting for at least two turnovers and a few sacks in the process. PICK: HP 26-13
George Muha: If I were HP I’d be nervous about Chatham because they have the fire power to pull an upset. And the Hornets cannot afford to lose based on the playoff implications this game has for them. While I do think Matt “Frankenstein” Tuli will lead them to the promised land, the Cougars will won’t make it easy. PICK: Hornets 44-38

Hackettstown (4-4) @ Warren Hills (4-4)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: I’m sure the Warren Hills squad were having nightmares about Hackettstown’s Matt Castro and Zack Jastrzebski after they rushed for close to a combined 400 yards last week. Not to mention the headquarters of M&M Mars is in Hackettstown.  PICK: H-Town 24-21
Brian Kenney: What can I say about H-Town’s offensive line? Last week they paved the way for Matty “Catacomb” Castro and Zack “Jack-o-Lantern” Jastrzebski to rush for a combined 359 yards and 4 TDs!!! Look for them to pave the way for another 300 yards on the ground with at least 3 scores in this one. PICK: H-Town 27-24
George Muha: This is basically a cross town rivalry. And while the Blue Streaks has had some good moments this year, the Tigers of H-Town have gotten healthy just in the nick of time. PICK: Hackettstown 33-23

Clifton (6-1) @ Delbarton (5-3)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Delbarton will be Mustang’s Clyftonite this week. PICK: Delby 27-14
Brian Kenney: On paper the Green Wave should be scared of a good Clifton team marching on their home turf. But Delbarton has been playing some fantastic football as of late, and they will be the ones instilling fear in their opponents this Saturday. Look for Cole “Freddy Kruger” Freeman to throw for a score and run for two more as Delby dominates. PICK: Delbarton 34-21
George Muha: No team seems to be hotter than Delby. Clifton is going to find out soon enough. Daniel “Hades” Hajjar creates some big holes that will lead to a 200-yard rushing day for the Wave. PICK 44-21

Sparta (6-2) @ Morris Hills (6-2)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: Austin Castorina feels like someone stole his candy last week after coming up a yard short of 300 yards rushing for the game. MoHills better hold on to their pillow cases tightly. PICK: Spartans 28-24
Brian Kenney: Well, I did it, I picked Montville over Sparta and look what happened. This week I have another dilemma on my hands, and as this is clearly the game of the week for Sussex/Morris County. Both teams are great and playing well this season. Both are also headed for the playoffs. There is no question the weather will put a damper on the Spartans’ offense, as the Oelkers to Billy the “Cisko Kid” will be slowed down. However, Sparta has multiple weapons to stop, as Austin Castorina ran a yard shy of 300 and 3 scores last week, and will run for a ton of yards this week as well. Morris Hills is going to bust out all the stops this week to help them win the game. That includes, yes, the use of witchcraft as it is almost Halloween. Rumor has it they made a voodoo doll by using Gerald Butler’s Leonidas figurine from “300” (he was a Spartan so it makes sense). But in all seriousness, Hills has the firepower and defensive ability to win this game, but I think Sparta is going to ride the momentum of last week’s amazing win into this week and leave the Hills with a victory (unlike the Spartans in 300). PICK: Sparta 27-20
George Muha: Sparta’s Austin Castorina was so close to winning Play of the Week after his amazing 300-yard rushing performance last week. I think he’ll need to do that again if the Spartans want to be victorious on MoHill’s home field. I do think they are capable of pulling that off though. PICK: Sparta 44-43

Pope John (0-8) @ Seton Hall Prep (4-4)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: If the Pirates all dress up as Rick Porcello, I think they can ride some of the momentum he’s got going up their in Boston. PICK: The Prep 27-14
Brian Kenney: Think about the scariest movie you ever saw and if you ask Pope John fans they will say that this season is scarier. That being said, these kids never quit and are leaving it on the field week after week. There is something to be said for that, and it will translate into wins in the future. Seton Hall Prep wins a close one, as Mike “Demon” DeNucci and Anthony “Horrorshow” Holmes account for 20 tackles and two forced turnovers for Pope John. PICK: SHP 14-10
George Muha: I think this game actually got moved to Friday because of the storm. However, I think the Pirates still bring a storm of their own to the Johnnies. PICK: SHP 33-21

No. Highlands (4-4) @ Morris Knolls (3-4)
Kevin Saum from Heads ‘N Tales: The Veer relies on trickery and that’s what Halloween is all about. PICK: Knolls 14-10
Brian Kenney: Knolls is looking to even their record at home and rumor has it that there are several witches living in the woods by the Rockaway Mall that have cast a spell against Highlands. But something tells me the Knolls’ squad won’t need any spells to help them win this one. Look for Chris “Machete” Marra to run roughshod over Highlands for a buck fifty and two scores. But more impressive will be his tackling, as he hunts down and tackles everyone on the Highlands’ team, including the back up punter who will get knocked over when Marra pushes a kid out of bounds. PICK: Knolls 28-20
George Muha: This is the type of game that the Veer was made for. I guarantee Highlands spent three days this week trying to unsuccessfully re-create Knoll’s crazy offense and there is no way they’ll be prepared for oiled machine that is coming at them Saturday. PICK: Knolls 40-30

How We Picked Them

Kevin 18-5 (78.26%)
Brian 19-4 (82.60%)
George 15-8 (65.21%)

How We’ve Been Picking Them So Far

Kevin 116-50 (69.87%)
Brian 122-44 (73.49%)
George 115-51 (69.27%)

About the Predictors

Kevin Saum is a former captain of the West Morris Central Wolfpack and founder of the Heads ‘N Tales Podcast where he interview’s amazing athletes who’ve discovered the true meaning of toughness through adversity.  Have an opinion about Kevin’s picks? Tell him what you think via his Twitter handle:  @headsntalespod

Brian Kenney is a Hanover Park alumni who really has nothing to do with high school sports. But he’s George Muha’s oldest friend and while he’s a better lawyer than high school football predictor, George gets a kick out of his comments and nicknames. 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: @MorrSussSports

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