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Friday Night Lights

Butler (4-1) @ Cresskill (4-0)
Brian Kenney: On a personal level I have no idea why my prediction skills have dropped so much this year, but I’m down like 17% from last year. Awful. This week I’m going to put some predictions into poems to shake things up and maybe give me some luck. Disclaimer – Robert Frost I am not!
It’s the Bulldogs vs. the Cougars, and all through the school,
Everyone is wondering if Evan Smith will stay cool,
For the Cougars are solid, and their pass rush is no joke,
But I think he throws for 200 and 3 scores, and in Gatorade Butler will soak.
PICK: Butler 34-29
George Muha: Hasbrouck Height’s just bothers me so bad. Don’t get me wrong, I totally respect them and it’s nothing personal. But I hate it they keep getting in our (our meaning Butler – we are all in this together) way. Welp, I guess we are just going to have to win a bowl game through them, which I know we (again, we meaning Butler) we will do. Good luck Cresskill against an angry Butler team. PICK: Butler 30-10

Millburn (4-1) @ Mendham (0-4)
Brian Kenney: Dude, what is with the “Millers” as a nickname? Yes, I could Google why they have that name, but I’m too busy getting high school football predictions wrong. I think I may have a shot at getting this one correct, though.  PICK: Millburn 39-21
George Muha: Mendham’s fan base dubbed “The Moshpit” has been doing a fantastic job bringing it during games. They have speakers, kids surfing the crowd…I think last game they were grilling hamburgers and hot dogs under the bleachers. Too bad they can’t rally the team to win. But I can’t wait to see these fans during wrestling season. I think they should hum the Jaws theme when 220-pound wrestler and 3rd state medalist Gage Armijo lines up to wrestle his opponents. That is going to be so intimidating because the kid is basically the terminator. Where the heck am I? Oh yeah, football season. Millburn is good. I saw them against Chatham and their QB has an awesome arm and they got some good athletes. PICK: Millers 40-9

Morris Hills (3-2) @ Jefferson (3-2)
Brian Kenney:
Morris Hills wears Red,
Jefferson wears some Blue,
This is going to be a sick game,
Who is going to win I have no clue.
PICK: The Hills 20-17
George Muha: What the heck happened to Jefferson last week? 62-0? Well, everyone has an off day and let’s hope that was the case. I think they’ll hang with MoHills closer but  Jumpin’ Joe Dawson and company will be the victors. PICK: Knights 34-32

Mount Olive (2-3) @ West Morris (3-2)
Brian Kenney:
The Pack lost a shootout against the Highlander last week,
Their defense will need a bit of a tweak,
To stop the Marauders will be no easy feat,
But look for Tyler Weeks to record a 4th quarter sack so Mt. Olive gets beat.
PICK: WM 27-24
George Muha: Two weeks ago I picked WMC to lose in a close one to Randolph and I literally got five or six emails and texts from my friends who are crazy Wolfpack fans (and I think they all might be crazy, by the way), giving me guff for picking against them. And I heard from every one of them again after the game when WMC beat Randolph. I hate to do this to myself again as I know the hate mail will start as soon as I hit publish on these predictions. But here’s why I believe MO will win: 1) Justin Lockwood is a great QB who can make every single throw. 2) MO’s offensive line is the best in Morris-Sussex. 3) MO’s defensive front will not allow WMC to rush at will the way they’ve been doing to other teams. Uggh, here we go. PICK: Marauders 33-29

Mountain Lakes (4-1) @ Parsippany (4-1)
Brian Kenney: Game of the week for sure. Parsippany keeps making me stink at predictions every week, and who I am to pick them to win? It would probably hurt their chances! But seriously folks, I think that Parsippany’s win last week showed what kind of squad they are, and I think the confidence from that victory is going to tip in scales in their favor this week. That being said, the Redhawks haven’t scored in two YEARS against the Herd. Could this be their year? Heck man, I don’t know. But why not. Look for James Reidinger to account for a few scores in this one for Parsippany. PICK: Parsippany 28-24
George Muha: Last week’s Parsippany game over Kittatinny was literally one of the most spiritual experiences I ever had. Watching the Parsippany players play their hearts out for honorary captain Noah and beat the defending champions was amazing. The whole night is was really cool. Plus, watching the confidence that Parsippany plays with is insane. And by the way, my new favorite player of all time is Redhawks DB Justice Fitzgerald. The kid plays like Ronnie Lott (I know no high school kid reading this even know who that is, which is depressing from a getting old standpoint)! I think it will be close but Parsippany is playing in a different stratosphere at the moment. PICK: Birds 21-14

Newton (3-2) @ North Warren (1-4)
Brian Kenney: I think the Braves will take care of business early in this one. Look for Larry Pittenger to have a breakout game, recording half a dozen tackles and two sacks for Newton as they dominate on both sides of the ball. PICK: Newton 28-6
George Muha: Okay, I guess Newton is a passing team now! Last week QB Jack Young was stellar and so were receivers Aaron Fantasia and Ryan. Although fantasy owners are getting excited about starting all three guys this week, I think the sure bet will be runningback Julian Alexander Sibblies who will benefit from Coach Parzero’s desire to keep the clock running in this one. PICK: Newts 30-21

Randolph (3-2) @ Roxbury (2-3)
Brian Kenney:
The Rams lost a tough one last week,
A victory is on the road is what they seek,
But ‘Bury is tough at home,
Luke Spitzer will find the endzone,
But in the final seconds Randolph finds a W with a squeak (you get the point, I’m running out of time here to get these done)
PICK: Rams 22-20
George Muha: If you want to see a pure football player, you need to watch Roxbury’s Lucas Spitzer. The kid is a total gamer. As much as the Gaels have impressed this year, I don’t know if they’ll be able to contain the fire power coming out of the Rams. Look for Randolph linemen Alex Pernicaro, Zane Aschenbrenner and David Dambrauskas to win the battle in the trenches which will translate to the scoreboard. PICK: Rams 24-21

Sparta (4-1) @ Vernon (1-4)
Brian Kenney: I want to give a shout out to John Parisi of Vernon, who had 17 tackles last week in a losing effort against High Point. He will have another 15 this week, but again in a losing effort. Sparta is revving up for the second half of the season, and that includes offensively, with Alex Frattura completing 90% of his passes for over 200 yards and 4 scores and of course Austin Castorina running for 3 scores and over 200 yards on 15 carries. Ridiculous. PICK: Sparta 34-20
George Muha: The reason I am in 1st place in my fantasy league is because of Sparta receiver Tyler Szabo. The kid is just so consistent. Look for him to have 110 receiving yards with at least one TD. PICK: Spartans 42-21

Whippany Park (0-5) @ Montville (6-0)
Brian Kenney: The ‘Stangs beat a good Morris Hills team last week. Whippany Park played a tough game and lost a nail biter to Pequannock. Park will use the confidence from that game to stay in this one for at least the first half. But after that look for the Mike Burke Show to get really interesting, as he throws and runs for at least 4 touchdowns in this episode. PICK: ‘Stangs 39-15
George Muha: WP had Quan on their heels last week and that was impressive. But Burke and the Mustangs are playing like they invented football. PICK: Montville 44-14

Sussex Tech (4-1) @ Hopatcong (1-4)
Brian Kenney: The ‘Cong had a tough game last week. Sussex Tech won 48-0 against a good Wallkill Valley team. This game reminds me of some famous battles, like Custer’s Last Stand or Pickett’s charge, with Sussex Tech being the winning sides in those battles. But seriously, the offensive line for Tech could probably block so well that I could have 16 carries for 53 yards. Never mind Durham and Maroney combined for 4 scores and almost 300 yards last week. PICK: Tech 35-14
George Muha: The Techies are doing great and one of the reasons is senior lineman Ryan Marshall. As slow as I am, I bet I could rush for 100-yards with this kid as my lead blocker. PICK: Stangs 30-13

Madison (1-3) @ Parsippany Hills (3-2)
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Brian Kenney:
The Dodgers are having an off year,
And Par Hills at home, there’s too much to cheer,
Between Breslauer, Verducci, Comerford and Sallie,
There are too many offensive weapons on Hills to tally.
PICK: Hills 48-22
George Muha: From a fantasy perspective, you have to start sophomore Dom Verducci. This kid should rush for 150-yards every game for the rest of the season. I think it will be close but I like the home team. PICK: Vikes 35-30

Hackettstown (1-4) @ Hanover Park (0-5)
Brian Kenney: Hanover Park is better than their record indicates, and I think this is the week they finally get a W. It’s Jets Night at Hanover Park, and the Jets donated $70,000 towards rehabbing the Hornets’ weight room. This is the kind of stuff that helps me remember why I’m a Jets fan. I think this week the Hornets’ offense will get some lengthy drives that gives the defense time to catch their breath, and that will make the difference in this one. Look for Owen Feldman to record a bunch of tackles and a sack and for Matt Tuli to run for two scores and throw for another two more, lest anyone forgets it’s “Tuli Time!” PICK: HP 41-34
George Muha: Don’t be fooled by HP’s record. Injuries and bad luck as been the theme of their season so far. Look for the Hornets to finally get that elusive dub in this one. PICK: Hornets 40-30

Imm. Concept (3-0) @ Morris Catholic (3-2)
Brian Kenney: Morris Catholic had a rough game last week against the Boots, and this Montclair squad is having a heck of a start to the season. That being said, I think MC will pull this one at home, as Jeff “Chappy” Chaplin does what he does, throwing for over 300 yards in this one and three scores. PICK: MC 27-21
George Muha: Crusaders TE Matt Luttenberger reminds me of me when I played. He’s big, has great hands and is tough of nails. Now that I think about it, I never was any of those things. But he’s everything I wanted to be and he’s totally my kind of player. I expect him to benefit from IC double teaming McAndrew and watch him make the most of his opportunities.  PICK:  MC 40-35

Caldwell (1-3) @ Pequannock (3-2)
Brian Kenney: Caldwell’s youth football program is always so darn good, and this year is no different. The high school is not having the best year, but these two teams have an intense rivalry and it’s going to be a great game. I think Joe McNamara finds the endzone twice in this win for the ‘Quan as they win a nail biter. PICK: ‘Quan 26-20
George Muha: Quan has showed some flashes of good stuff this season. But don’t be swayed by Caldwell’s record. They are good and they are going to prove it on Quan’s home field. PICK: Caldwell 32-20

Dover (0-3) @ Pitman (1-2)
Brian Kenney: I think Dover is still sorting things out and trying to rebuild. I don’t know much about Pitman, except they are from South Jersey. South Jersey is Eagles and Phillies country. I had a buddy from Medford and we used to say he had a “South Jersey” accent. Now that guy, whose name is Peter Perla, lives in Australia. He now has a South Jersey Australian accent. You can take the guy out of South Jersey, but you can’t take the South Jersey out of the guy. Where was I? Oh, I have no idea who will win this game, but I’ll go with Dover because I’m a North Jersey guy (no offense South Jersey). PICK: Tigers 21-14
George Muha: I cannot wait till Dover coach Justin Hartman gets his first win. Trust me, he’s going get a lot of wins for the Tigers as he’s a great coach and an even better human being. That being said, I do think he’ll be getting that win this weekend. PICK: Tigers 33-20

Saturday Afternoon Specials

Boonton (4-1) @ Kinnelon (1-4)
Brian Kenney: The Boots dominated last week and are not looking to slow down this week either. This doesn’t bode well for Kinnelon. Look for Corey Dempster and Matt Cannizzaro to combine for over 300 yards and 4 scores in this one. PICK: Boots 42-10
George Muha: Oh yeah, I love this matchup! Kinnelon is going to be tough at home but the Boots have been playing on all cylinders. PICK: Boonton 33-29

High Point (2-3) @ Wallkill Valley (3-2)
Brian Kenney: High Point played fantastic last week, led by Trey Tallamy who had over 170 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. The Valley got shut out last week, and may still be in shock. That being said, they will rebound and figure out how to stop High Point’s offense, or at least slow them down enough to win. Look for Bobby McMillan to record at least 10 tackles and have a pick-six in this one for the Valley. PICK: WV 20-14
George Muha: Both teams have gotten the killed by the injury bug this season. But I like High Point taking the dub! PICK: Pointers 33-28

Lenape Valley (5-0) @ Kittatinny (3-2)
Brian Kenney: The Valley is on cruise control, but they are going to have their hands full with the Kits this weekend. Kitt’s Matt Voss is going to have a baker’s dozen worth of tackles, but I think the Valley has too many weapons to stop. And how many points did the Valley’s defense pick up in fantasy last week? They only let up 10 points and they blocked a point and scored two defensive touchdowns! Look for Trey Kaplan to run for a buck seventy five and two scores in this one, as the Valley avenges last year’s drubbing from the Kits. PICK: LV 30-28
George Muha: During this past summer, Morris Sussex Sports hosted a Madden competition between LV lineman Rocco Bonavolonta and Kittatinny RB Jacob Mafaro. What I loved is how rival players could be so cool and classy with each other off the field. And you’d be hard pressed to find two more cool and classy guys than these two. But make no bones about it, both of these teams want to win and after losing a heart breaker to Parsippany last week, you know the Cougars are going to come out firing on all cylinders. That being said, Bonavolonta has nursed an injury all season long and will be back so expect him to rally his Patriots. PICK: Pats 42-41

Ridgefield, CT (3-0) @ Chatham (1-4)
Brian Kenney: Another squad from the “Traffic State.” Did you guys know that Connecticut’s state animal is the sloth, because it just doesn’t move, much the cars that travel through there. But I digress, and want talk about the game Chatham’s Peter Schelling had last week. This cat ran for over 100 yards and two scores, and had 80 yards receiving with another touchdown. He also had 5 tackles and an interception on defense. He was a man on a mission to beat cross-town rival Madison. This week the team from the State where the state motto is, “Hey, everyone drive really slow and stare at a car on the shoulder” will win, despite Chatham’s efforts, in a close one. PICK: CT team 24-20
George Muha: Not sure what Ridgefield is all about but I do know Chatham’s Peter Schelling is playing like his uniform is on fire. I say that Cougars win as Schelling and Co try to ensure they keep their postseason hopes alive. PICK: 44-30

Morris Knolls (2-2) @ Morristown (2-2)
Brian Kenney: Both these squads lost tough games last week, but Knolls has won the past two years in a row and I think they will again. Knolls’ Nick Parente is going to run for over 200 yards and 3 scores in this one. PICK: Knolls 27-18
George Muha: Can you have a better football name than Motown QB Jackson Willette? But he’s not all flash by any means…the kid has the skillz to pay the billz. While Motown will give the Golden Eagles some trouble, I think Knolls’ 6-6, 290-pound defensive tackle Chris Tavarone (I know, he gets bigger every week…but that’s because he’s playing like he’s that big) will make sure his green and gold get the dub. PICK: Knolls 33-21

Pope John (1-4) @ Delbarton (3-2)
Brian Kenney: It’s a homecoming game for Delby, and there is no question the hometown fans will be excited. Last week, Cole Freeman threw for three scores and ran for another. Daniel Papantonis added another nice run for the Green Wave as well. Pope John got shut out by the Don (Don Bosco) last week, but I think the Don could beat the Miami Dolphins at this point, so what does that even mean? Look for Pope John’s Mike DeNucci to be all over the field on defense, but I think Cole “Trickle” Freeman will lead a drive down the field in the waning minutes to win a barn burner at home for Delbarton. PICK: Delby 28-24
George Muha: Did I see the Ruscher twins on the field for the Johnnies last week? It’s good to see those two warriors back on the varsity field. While the Johnnies are hungry to get some momentum, Delby is flying too high to drop this one in front of their home fans. Keep an eye out for Delby center Danny Hajjar. That kid does everything textbook.  PICK:  Green Wave 34-24

Morristown-Beard (3-2) @ Pingry (2-3)
Brian Kenney:
Beard’s running back is named Nick Panza,
But with his stats, the dude reminds me of Tony Danza,
Most kids in high school might be at a loss,
But Google him children, he was the BOSS!
(I feel like there should be another line here but that’s all I got. Please feel free to send me some pointers about writing poetry!)
PICK: Beards 30-20
George Muha: Not sure what the deal is with Brian Kenney’s poems but they are kind of entertaining. You know who else is entertaining? Nate Panza. But not so much for the Pingrians. PICK: Beards 45-30

How We Picked Them Last Week

Ryan 13-6 (68.42%)
Brian 10-10 (50.00%)
George 12-8 (60.00%)

How We’ve Been Picking Them So Far

Ryan 42-21 (66.66%)
Brian 67-43 (60.90%)
George 73-37 (66.63%)

About the Predictors

Ryan Sudol is a veteran play-by-play broadcaster for Morris Sussex Sports and current broadcast student at William Paterson.  Have an opinion about Ryan’s picks? Tell him what you think via his Twitter handle:  @birdieguy13

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 13-years. George is a 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

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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