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Friday Night Lights

St. Mary (0-1) @ Butler (1-0)
Brian Kenney: Butler did a number on Pequannock last week and while I have no idea who St. Mary is school-wise, I’m hoping Mary isn’t the patron saint of losing football teams (fact check – St. Mary is the Patron Saint of all humanity! Wow, 8 years of Catholic School, I should have known that). Anyway, Evan Dando Smith was en fuego last week, tossing 4 TDs with an 88% completion percentage. Look for him to light up St. Mary’s for another 3 TDs this week in a big win for the Bulldogs. PICK: Butler 35-21
George Muha: Things just got interesting for Butler now that Hasbrouck Heights lost in Week 0 (the only team that they lost to last year – twice…once in the MetLife Bowl Game). The Bulldogs might just be the Goliath in their division and their section now. If Evan Smith continues like he played last week (he accounted for 5 TDs through the air and on the ground), I don’t see anyone slowing him down let alone St. Mary. PICK: Bulldogs 44-10

Boonton (1-0) @ Weequahic (1-0)
Brian Kenney: The Boots face an enthusiastic crowd on the road as they look to make it two in a row to start the season. Give it up for Boonton’s defense, as they earned POTW honors. I think their defense will put up more decent numbers, including sacks by Matt Cannizzaro and Adrian Ferati, but in the end the home team wins in a close one. PICK: Weequahic 14-7
George Muha: Weequahic narrowly escaped Morris Catholic in a high flying type of back-and-forth game. Expect Boonton to grind out the clock and keep Weequahic’s fast scoring team off the field. Bomber QB Danny Portas will have 3 TDs rushing in the win. PICK: Boots 28-24

Hackettstown (0-1) @ Lenape Valley (1-0)
Brian Kenney: Lenape Valley beat a decent Newton team last week, and H-Town put forth a great effort but fell short in their opener. Look for H-Town’s Jason Kuehner to run for at least one score while totaling 150 yards of offense. But in the end I see the Valley’s Sean “Coop” Cooper and Justin Peterson to combine for 20 tackles and a couple of sacks as Lenape’s defense makes a big stop to win the game. PICK: The Valley 21-14
George Muha: H-Town is capable of winning this one so Lenape will need to make sure they don’t let off the gas pedal. Expect Nick “The Red Devil” Molinari to rush for 150-yards and do something ridiculous on defense (last week he blocked a punt and returned it for a TD). PICK: Pats 42-30

Hanover Park (0-1) @ West Essex (0-1)
Brian Kenney: The Hornets are not running at full capacity, but that just means they need to turn to other weapons at their disposal to win games. West Essex got off to a rough start to the season as well, and while they are at home it won’t make much of a difference this week. Look for Ethan Gayle to rush for another 100 yards and a score for the Hornets, while Dan Gregory, Luca Zirpoli and Ismail Yasin wreak havoc on the defensive side of the ball for HP. PICK: HP 20-17
George Muha: The Hornets are nursing some injuries which they really need to heal up in a hurry – else they’ll be forced to dig out of a hole they won’t be able to climb out of. Wessex is always a formidable opponent so don’t expect them to take it easy on HP. PICK: Knights 30-13

High Point (0-1) @ Jefferson (1-0)
Brian Kenney: J-Town came out strong in its’ seasons debut, and with the home crowd cheering them on, don’t look for them to slow down. How about the Falcon’s Matt Johnson, connecting with Caleb Rippey, Daivd Hanna and Matt “Cappy” Cappello for touchdowns last week? High Point will be focusing on shutting down the Falcons’ air attack, but Johnson is still going to sling it around for over 200 yards and 3 scores. Look for Travis Tallamy to get 120 on the ground with a couple of scores for the Pointers as well. PICK: J-Town 35-22
George Muha: The Falcon’s spread their wings last week with their aerial attack (QB Bam Johnson threw 5 TDs). But don’t be fooled by HP’s record. They like to grind it out and their approach is to keep Johnson on the sideline with long drives that tire out Jefferson’s defense. Look for Wildcat RB Travis Tallamy to be the star of this one with at least 26 carries and 3 TDs. PICK: HP 35-28

Madison (0-0) @ Mountain Lakes (1-0)
Brian Kenney: Madison is going to have their hands full with a Mountain Lakes team that dismantled Hanover Park and is at home for a second straight week. Wesley Dunn is going to have over 500 yards on the season after this game for Mountain Lakes (having run for 278 yards and 3 scores last week). TJ Lesko will throw for a score or two as well for the Herd. PICK: The Lakes 40-28
George Muha: Madison offensive coordinator Marty Horn is chomping at the bit to unleash junior QB Jack O’Hearen and the Dodger’s passing attack to start the 2019 season. However, Mountain Lakes’ runningback Wesley Dunn showed that he might just be playing on a another plane. Look for the senior RB to have another big night in front of his home fans. PICK: HERD 40-34

Mendham (0-1) @ West Morris (1-0)
Brian Kenney: West Morris was not kind to their neighbors from New York last week, drubbing them 55-0. But Mendham will put up a little more of a fight. Look for Tyler Weeks to find the endzone at least twice for West Morris in this one. PICK: West Morris 33-10
George Muha: West Morris is built to go the distance this season. The Wolves are hitting on all cylinders and the Minutemen might be nursing too many injuries to slow them down.  Look for Damien “The Omen” Engel PICK: Wolfpack 40-18

Montville (1-0) @ Kinnelon (1-0)
Brian Kenney: I like this match-up as both of their defenses pitched shutouts the first games of the season. I think Montville’s Mike Burke will be the difference here. Besides throwing for two scores, he will scramble for another. The two Nicks (Amoroso and Barbosa), aka Nick A. and Nick B., will lay some hurt on Kinnelon’s backs and receivers and in the end Montville escapes Kinnelon with a close victory. PICK: ‘Stangs 14-10
George Muha: Kinnelon came out with a gutsy 7-0 win against a very good Parsippany team last week! Expect Montville to be on their heels for a little while but they’ll eventually settle in. Mustang QB Mike Burke will share the wealth with Colin Regan this week who will have 100-yards receiving and 2 TDs in the win. PICK: Montville 30-23

Morris Hills (1-0) @ Morris Knolls (0-0)
Brian Kenney: The Hills put up some numbers last week against Chatham, and are looking to continue that trend against cross-town rival Knolls this week. Rumor has it any football player who is in Ms. Calzone’s class who scores a touchdown for Hills gets a shout out before class starts (kidding – she never said that). Look for the Hills’ O-Line including Mario Maddoloni, Luke Malatesta and Patrick Hernandez, to name a few, to pave the way for Joe “Andre” Dawson to run for a buck sixty and two scores in this one. PICK: Hills 27-8
George Muha: I wish both teams were wearing throwback uniforms for this one as it is going to be an old fashion, drag’em out slug fest between two Morris County heavy weights. Expect Morris Hills FB Jeremy Busel (6, 250) and Morris Knolls DT Chris Tavarone (6-4, 265) to be the Main Event. It’s going to go down to the final whistle but I predict it will be Hills who comes out on top. PICK: Red Knights 35-34

Newton (0-1) @ Pequannock (0-1)
Brian Kenney: The Braves are looking to bounce back against Pequannock, who had their hands full last week against Butler. This one is tough to call, and I was wrong A LOT last week. I think that Newton, despite being shut out last week, will get it together this week and put some points on the board in a close win over the ‘Quan. Look for Brayden Nolan to force a turnover that Dylan Bailey will take to house to win it for the Newtonians. PICK: Newton 14-13
George Muha: Newton has a lot to look forward to with a host of new young names making some noise for themselves, notably sophomore lineman Larry “The Cable Guy” Pittenger who is shaping up to be a force in the trenches. But you can expect the home team Panthers to win this game behind 300-pound lineman Gio Cancro. PICK: Quan 28-18

North Warren (0-1) @ Dover (0-1)
Brian Kenney: Dover and North Warren both got beaten pretty badly last week, but this week they have chances to redeem themselves. There is no question both squads have worked hard in practice this week, and I think North Warren has a slight edge in this match-up. Look for Dylan Lobycz to have two sacks in this one, along with a forced fumble for North Warren. PICK: NW 20-12
George Muha: Dover is hungry to reward new coach Justin Hartman with his first win. But it’s going to have to wait at least a week because Patriots lineman Rob Fletcher is determined to bounce back after last week’s loss. PICK: North Warren 24-19

Parsippany (0-1) @ Hopatcong (1-0)
Brian Kenney: The ‘Cong dominated last week, and while Parsippany is a tougher squad to beat than Dover, look for Hopatcong to win again this week. Roger “Walter” White and Colin “Candy” Kreusch will combine for almost 30 tackles and a forced turnover or two for the ‘Cong. PICK: ‘Cong 28-16
George Muha: This senior group of Redhawks players has been waiting for this season since they were in 3rd grade and losing a 7-0 battle to Kinnelon was not the way they expected things to start. Look for defenders Jared Hurta and Anthony Rillo to answer back in a big way with a Week 2 victory. PICK: Parsippany 40-28

Parsippany Hills (1-0) @ River Dell (1-0)
Brian Kenney: River Dell beat a decent Westwood team last week, with QB Jack Gillies doing it all under center, running and throwing for scores. Par Hills, on the other hand, only has one of the most potent offenses in the State, in my humble opinion. This one is going to be a shoot-out, but in the end I think the Hills’ defense will step up and make the plays they need to make to win the game. Look for the crew of Giraldo, Comerford, Copleand and Perot to combine for a boatload of tackles and a few sacks to turn the tides in favor of the Vikings this week. PICK: Hills 35-30
George Muha: Par Hills does not have a cushy schedule. But that doesn’t really matter because they are the team to beat in their division. Look for super sophomore Dom Verducci to rush for 120-yards and 2 TDs to move his Vikes to 2-0. PICK: Vikings 38-29

Roxbury (0-1) @ Sparta (0-1)
Brian Kenney: Sparta got their bell rung last week, and Roxbury did not do much better, getting shut out Week 1. So what now? Back to basics for both squads, and they will come out ready to battle in Week 2. I think Sparta’s hometown fans will help Sparta carry the day this week, and Brandon Cina will run for over 100 yards and another two scores for the Spartans. PICK: Sparta 24-18
George Muha: Has anyone seen Roxbury junior QB Lucas Spitzer’s arm? This kid can literally throw the ball 90-yards in the air and make it look effortless. Sparta must account for this weapon for sure. But nobody can slow down Spartans RB Austin Castorina, let alone Brandon “John” Cina, so I have to go with the baby blue and white in this one. PICK: Sparta 33-21

Vernon (0-1) @ West Milford (1-0)
Brian Kenney: West Milford is tough at home, and while Vernon played a decent first game, I think they are going to suffer another setback this week. Robert Baumann will tackle everyone in sight for Vernon, and I think Aden Moskovitz will find the endzone a couple of times, but in the end West Milford pulls it out as they have the past three years. PICK: WM 30-24
George Muha: Every time I hear Vernon Jon Kowalski’s name I can’t help to think about that Penquin from the movie Madagascar. As funny as that Kowalski character was, Vernon’s Kowalski will give Milford nothing to laugh at. Look for the super sophomore to return a kick for a TD to be the difference. PICK: Vernon 21-14

Whippany Park (0-1) @ Morris Catholic (0-1)
Brian Kenney: Whippany Park had a tough first game, and Morris Catholic is tough at home. What does this mean, probably nothing, but I think MC is going to pull this one out. Look for Morris Catholic’s Chaplin to connect with Barnes on a go route to put this one in the books. PICK: MC 27-22
George Muha: Morris Catholic went toe-to-toe with a very good Weequahic team last week. Look for them to come out of the gate fast and strong in this one as Crusader QB Jeff Chaplin connects with Matt Luttenberger for two TDs. PICK: Crusaders 40-14

Sussex Tech (1-0) @ Fort Lee (0-1)
Brian Kenney: I have to say I was in Fort Lee on Thursday morning, and I didn’t see much grass anywhere for anyone to play any sports. It must be tough being so close to the George Washington Bridge, I can tell you that much. I’m sure there are places, I just wasn’t near them. Anyway, Sussex Tech makes the long trip to the border of New Jersey coming off a big win over Marist. I think their domination in that game will give them some confidence going against a tough Fort Lee squad. Look for Bo “Knows” Maroney to run for a buck twenty and two scores in this one for the Techies, while he collects a few tackles and defends a couple passes on defense too. Bo knows kicking too, as he is the kicker. Bo also ran back a punt for a touchdown against Marist. Bo knows special teams, period. Brendan Hall will run for another 100 yards and a score as well, while Sussex wins again. PICK: ST 41-20
George Muha: 52-0 last week? Geez Tech!  Although, if you’ve been paid attention to my preseason preview, you would have known that the Mustangs have a chip on their shoulder. Look for them to continue to roll! PICK: ‘Stangs 44-10

Saturday Afternoon Specials

Iona Prep NY (1-0) @ Pope John (0-2)
Brian Kenney: I dare say Pope John is the best 0-2 in New Jersey. They again have their hands full with a tough squad from New York, but I think the home town fans will give the Johnnies the confidence to pull this one out in the final minutes. Look for Sean Brennan to pick off a pass for Pope John late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. PICK: PJ 17-14
George Muha: Linebacker Mikey DeNucci has had enough losses this season and turns it all around in front of his home crowd. PICK: PJ 30-29

St. Anthony’s NY (0-1) @ Delbarton (1-0)
Brian Kenney: Delbarton had a nice game to start the season, but they are facing a St. Anthony’s team they lost to three out of the last four years. I think Cole “Trickle” Freeman makes the difference here though, throwing for two scores and running for another as the Green Wave wins in front of the hometown fans. PICK: Delby 27-26
George Muha: How about them Green Waves! Big kudos to Delby for going down to Maryland and showing how we do it in Morris-Sussex! And how about QB Cole Freeman zipping the ball all over the field. Told you this kid is a stud! The winning will definitely continue for the green and white! PICK: Delby 34-21

Randolph (1-0) @ Morristown (0-0)
Brian Kenney: The Rams are continuing pretty much where they left off last season, and they haven’t lost to Morristown in pretty much a decade. James Pepe will score another three touchdowns for Randolph in this one as they are in control by the third quarter. PICK: Rams 41-21
George Muha: I love the energy coming out of Motown. They are going to get momentum this year, you watch. Unfortunately, it won’t be this week against a blazing hot Jimmy “The Pepe-inator” Pepe. But remember what I said about Motown. PICK: Rams 40-28

Mount Olive (0-1) @ Chatham (0-1)
Brian Kenney: Mount Olive has beaten Chatham three years in a row, but that doesn’t mean the Cougars won’t put a fight in 2019. Mike Cowen will run for a buck ten and two scores behind the Marauder’s offensive line while Hunter Perez records about 20 tackles while running down Cougars all over the field. Look for Chatham’s Quinn “The Irishman” Kelly to score on a long pass play late in the fourth but by then the game will be well in hand. PICK: The Olive 28-14
George Muha: Both of these teams came up short in Week 0. Week 1 will be better for at least one of them. And I think it’s going to be Essex DeBerry and the Marauders. PICK: MO 39-21

Kittatinny (1-0) @ Wallkill Valley (1-0)
Brian Kenney: This is going to be quite the game down in the Valley! Both these teams are coming off big wins, and they are primed to have decent seasons. The Valley’s O-Line does not mess around, springing both Ben Mizeski and Alex Mastroianni for almost 300 yards last week. But let’s not forget about the Valley’s defense, combining for four sacks and forcing a couple of fumbles. That being said, the Kits’ Jacob Mafaro is a straight up beast. And Tyler “Make ‘Em” Sweatt is no joke on the defensive side of the ball, collecting a pick-6 last week for Kittatinny. So what does it all mean? Well, darned if I know, that’s why they play the game. But George says I have to pick somebody, so I’ll go with the Valley at home. PICK: Valley 34-28
George Muha: Break out the popcorn, this is going to be a good one! While everyone is going to be focused on Mastroianni and Mafaro from Wallkill and Kittatinny respectively. Look for Wallkill’s Nugent and Kittatinny’s Sweatt to be battling it out as well. It’s going to go to the final whistle and I think it’s going to be the defending champs on top. PICK: Cougars 20-18

Imm. Concept. (1-0) @ Morristown-Beard (1-0)
Brian Kenney: Listen, this is my last pick, and I’m fixing to make sure I get more right than George this week, and this is another game that could go either way, as it is a heck of match up. The Beards straight up smoked Newark Academy last week, and they are riding high on that win. Nate Panza is going to be tough to stop, as he had a field day rushing last week and looks to run for another 100 plus yards and couple scores this week. Erjon Mersimi will find the endzone for the Beards as well. The Beards are also looking to avenge the drubbing they got from Montclair last year, in which they lost by over 50 points. Call me crazy, but I’m going with revenge in this one. PICK: The Beards 35-30
George Muha: MoBeard came out of the gate strong in Week 0. They’ll still be strong but I think Will Watson and the Crimson will have their hands full with Conception. PICK: IC 44-34

How We Did Last Week

Brian 13-9 (59.09%)
George 14-8 (63.63%)

 

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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