CCM State Sectional Finals Football Predictions

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North 1, Group 1
4 Boonton (8-3) @ 2 Cedar Grove (8-3)

Ryan Sudol: Did you know that Boonton’s 59-55 win vs. Cresskill is the 3rd highest scoring NJ playoff game ever? I told you it would be a shootout! Now, what about this week? Well, both of these teams have a hard time on the defensive end so WHO WANTS SOME POINTS?!! Cedar Grove has a fairly balanced offense with QB Dario Bryant having a great postseason throwing the ball and a capable backfield that can score a bit as well. However, Boonton rarely throws the ball and has a one-dimensional as a result, but it’s worked out for them thus far! This is as 50/50 as a game can get! I do see Bryant continuing his fantastic passing with 4 TDs through the air, but Boonton’s run game will come to play. Corey Dempster will run for 200 yards and 4 TDs while QB Danny Portas and breakout RB Jordan DeCosta will rush for 100 yards each. Another side note, Coach Gallagher has revenge on his mind after Cedar Grove cost the Bombers a MetLife spot back in 2015. All in all, I think that the explosively diverse run game and the hunger of the Bombers to finally add a 2nd sectional title to their name will be the defining factors in this WIN! I say a late TD or FG will be sending the Bombers to MetLife as sectional champions! PICK: Boonton 40-38
Brian Kenney: This is a tough one. The Panthers will be game-planning to stop Corey Dempster, who has 8 touchdowns this postseason. Can they do it? Maybe, but what about Jordan DeCosta? And then, what about, Danny Portas? This offensive line just blocks and blocks and blocks. They don’t stop. The Boots’ backs ran for over 450 something yards against Creskill in not a shootout but a run-out? What do you call a game where one team just runs the ball all the time? A marathon? A race? The backs from Boonton ran for like 5 miles. Look for Panthers D’Alessio, Locasio and Coletta to be all over the field making tackles, but I think this is going to be another high scoring affair. Grove can put up points as well, and QB Dario Bryant will do just that, throwing for over 200 yards and 3 scores in this one. In the end, I see the Bombers’ offensive line doing what they do and paving the road to a championship. PICK: Boots 34-28
George Muha:  Everyone knows Boonton coach Bryan Gallagher is a great coach (players, parents, local businesses, even his coaching peers would concur).  The only thing missing from his trophy case is a state sectional final trophy…until now.  I predict Gallagher joins the ranks of state champion coaches after tonight and I believe the X-factor for the Boots is their offensive and defensive line.  They’ve been under rated all season yet paved the way for the Boonton backfield to amass over 5,000 yards on the ground.  PICK: Bombers 52-50
Owen: Cedar Grove

North 1, Group 2
2 Parsippany (10-1) @ 1 Lyndhurst (10-0)

Ryan Sudol: Man, what a run this has been for the Redhawks. This is like Mount Olive from 2017 all over again! No wins from Oct. 2016-Sept. 2018 and now they are on the brink of a state title AND a trip to MetLife! But, just like that MO team, beating their opponent in the title game will be a tall task. If Parsippany’s D is insane, Lyndhurst’s is maniacal. The Hawks have allowed 10 PPG and the Golden Bears have allowed an average of 8! Yes, you read that correctly. Also, Lyndhurst has defeated their playoff opponents by 47 and 14 points, while Parsippany has beaten their opponents by 6 and 7. This shows you how much more dynamic Lyndhurst’s offense is in comparison. Unfortunately, as hungry as the Redhawks are to finish the job, all signs and numbers point to them coming up short here. Expect Lyndhurst’s defense to dominate and for their dominant RB Piotr Partyla to rush for 175 yards/2 TDs as the Bears ensures this Cinderella doesn’t get home by midnight. PICK: Lyndhurst 21-7
Brian Kenney: Ugh. That’s all I can say. Parsippany proved me wrong a ton of times this year, including last week when they beat the Herd. I’m going to go ahead and pick against them just so they can prove me wrong again. To be honest, I’m a little bummed they got this draw. Lyndhurst is a powerhouse, and that is due in huge part to Piotr Partyla, who ran for over 2200 yards this year. You literally can’t stop this dude. He also has 10 sacks and two interceptions on defense. Like, who is this guy, the Terminator? I see Jimmy Riedinger throwing for 3 scores in this one including one to Alex Picinich, but in the end I think the Golden Bears take up too much time on a fourth quarter drive and seal their win in a barn burner. PICK: Lyndhurst 27-21
George Muha:  Something about this Parsippany team makes me think they are going to shock the world.  No team is playing looser and having more fun on the field than the Red Birds.  If they win tonight, they’ll definitely be the “Team of the Year”.  I hope the Birds make me eat this prediction.  PICK: Lyndhurst 20-17
Owen: Lyndhurst

North 2, Group 2
3 Lenape Valley (10-1) @ 1 Verona (10-0)

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Ryan Sudol: The story of the Patriots this whole season has been their running game, especially the last two weeks with the exploits of Nick Molinari. He has been amazing this postseason scoring ALL of LV’s nine TDs! However, the Hillbillies have a weapon of their own: Frank Riggio. This guy here ALSO has 9 rushing TDs this postseason and has rushed for 1700 yards this year! Plus, Verona has QB Chris Zebrowski who can help the Hillbillies get into scoring situations with minimal, yet long, passes. All of this combined with how dominant Verona’s defense has been in their two postseason games, I think the Patriots’ road is going to end on Friday night. PICK: Verona 28-15
Brian Kenney: Another matchup I wish wasn’t going on, but hey, it’s the championships, so I guess what else was going to happen. No question that the Valley’s Nick Molinari is the MVP of the post season thus far. Well, Nicky Bags combined with the Patriots’ offensive line. He ran 26 times for 5 touchdowns and 168 yards last week. If Verona can stop him and the running game, they will prevail. But that isn’t going to be easy. That being said, the Hillbillies have Frank “Riggins” Riggio, who had over 120 yards and 3 TDs himself last week. I think this game will be full of big hits, great runs, and both sides are going to battle to the end. I think when the dust settles, some hillbilly will be playing a victory song on his banjo. PICK: Verona 21-20
George Muha: There is no doubt Coach Smolyn will throw something at Verona they have not planned on tonight.  If the Pats can take away Verona’s big play ability, it could be an interesting game.  But in the end, I think Verona has the slight edge.  I hope I am wrong though.  PICK: Verona 27-20
Owen: Patriots

North 2, Group 3
4 West Essex (9-2) @ 3 Par Hills (9-2)

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Ryan Sudol: Ryan won’t be picking this game because he is doing the play-by-play.
Brian Kenney: West Essex is playing much differently than it did the last two time these two teams met, when the Vikings won handily 35-7. And like I said before and has already been proven (including by this Par Hills squad), it’s not easy to beat the same team twice in a season. West Essex’s Bardhyl Gashi will get after Hills’ QB JD Breslaur, and Knights Bell and Visaggio will get their yards on the ground, but I don’t think the Knights will stop this Par Hills offense, destined to win one more sectional. The Hills’ Dom Verducci will balance things out on the ground, but this is going to be an air raid. The start of last week’s game (a 63 yard strike to Ty Sallie) set the tone for their win against the River Dell. Look for another go-for-broke play (likely to speedster Sallie) to start his one as well. Once that happens, the floodgates will open. Dennis “Brian” Wilson and EJ Comerford will also catch touchdowns in this one. Oh, and how about EJ recording 2 sacks and 12 tackles last week, while forcing a fumble? Defense wins championships. Speaking of, did you think I would neglect to mention DL Jordan Thompson? Six (yes, 6) sacks!!!!! What defensive lineman gets 12 tackles to begin with? Que Gwen Stefani’s chorus on “Hollaback Girl” because that’s straight up bananas!!!!!!! PICK: Par Hills 34-16
George Muha:  West Essex scared me with the way they dominated much of the game against Sparta last week.  I think both Wessex and Par Hills are playing at an extremely high level which is going to make for a big time game.  Both teams have a lot of weapons but I think Par Hills has more.  The X-factor for tonight’s game is the Vikings slot receiver/TE/H-Back Jordan Thompson.  If I were an opposing coach, I would have no idea how to handle that kid.  PICK: Par Hills 34-32
Owen: Par Hills

Non-Public, Group 3
4 Morris Catholic (7-3) @ 1 St. Joe’s Hammonton (8-1)

Ryan Sudol: Eee gads! Morris Catholic was on Cloud 9 when they unexpectedly dismantled Immaculate 35-0 last week, but now they have to go up against the #13 team in the state. This is unlike any opponent the Crusaders have faced all year and it will show on the field. Plus, St Joe’s is coming off of a 3-week bye and are hungry to get back out there. Namely, 2-star FCS prospect Jada Byers is ready to run over whoever gets in front of him. Heck, he had 2 rushing TDs, a scoop-n-score, AND a 102 yard pick six vs. Timber Creek a few weeks back! As for this game, he’ll get 3 TDs on the ground and perhaps a defensive score as well to guide the Wildcats to an easy win to get to MetLife! PICK: St. Joe’s 46-6
Brian Kenney: I know no matter what happens this weekend, you will hear Chaplin to McAndrew Chaplin to Luttenberger at least one more time each this season. But St. Joe’s is no joke. What can’t Jada Byers do on a football field? The answer – pretty much nothing, guy does it all. He runs, catches, returns kicks, interceptions, etc. etc. I don’t know if he can throw, but we may find out in this game. That being said, I see Crusaders Kaelin, Stark, Redding, and yes, McAndrew all over the field on defense, recording over 40 tackles combined with a few sacks at least. If they can get to the QB before he gets Byers the ball they will have a shot, but in the end I think the Wildcats bust a play in the second half that is the difference. PICK: St. Joe’s 29-21
George Muha: First off, big props to the Crusaders for winning the division and picking up their first win since Living on a Prayer was at the top of the charts.  I am literally depressed that song was a hit 32-years ago.  Anywho, St Joe’s is a handful but MC has surprised all year so I don’t think you can count them out.  I hope the gold and blue make me eat this prediction but I am picking the 13th state ranked team.  PICK: Joe’s 39-29
Owen: PICK: St. Joe’s

How We Picked Them Last Week

Ryan 3-7 (30.00%)
Brian 6-5 (54.54%)
George 3-8 (27.27%)
Owen 8-3 (72.72%)

How We’ve Been Picking Them So Far

Ryan 115-41 (73.71%)
Brian 155-73 (67.98%)
George 160-68 (70.17%)
Owen 16-13 (55.17%)

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

Owen is 5-year old sports nut who calls it like he sees it.  He loves his mom, goes to bed at 7pm and believes Saturday’s and Sunday’s are for wearing eyeblack (even when it’s not football season). Have an opinion about Owen’s picks? You best keep that to yourself because you don’t want this guy knocking on your door.

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