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North, Group 1 Championships

Boonton (9-3) at Park Ridge (10-1)

Ryan Sudol: These Bombers are dropping bombs everywhere they go! Two straight road upsets with stellar offensive performances have brought them their first sectional title in 16 years! Now, they are the FAVORITES as they head into MetLife vs. Park Ridge for the regional crown. Despite this, Park Ridge does have some crazy talent. They have one of the best dual-threat QBs in North Jersey in Vince Pinto and a great RB named Justin Wagner. It’s also worth noting that Park Ridge knows how to take care of the Bombers as the Owls beat them 48-26 in last year’s sectional semis with the help of Pinto’s 6 TDs. HOWEVER, Boonton is well aware of the latter and they are dead-set on revenge. That along with the fact that they have all the momentum in the world tells me that there’s no stopping the Bomber Barrage. I see RBs Jordan DeCosta & Corey Dempster each running for 200+ yards and combining for all the TDs. Also, the Bomber defense which played their signature game vs. Cedar Grove last week will make a key stop down the stretch as the Bombers take home the Regional Title in a thriller! PICK: Boonton 33-27
Brian Kenney: Congrats to the Bombers for winning the state sectional championship! Last year, the Owls beat the Boots in the playoffs, and they haven’t forgotten. Vincent Pinto, Owls QB, was huge in that game. The question remains, can the Bombers stop him this year? He is a force to be reckoned with, of that there is no question, as he can run and pass all over the place. As an aside, can we give Boonton’s offensive-line at least All-Conference if not All-State honors now? How many offensive lines can boast not one, not two, but likely three 1,000 yard rushers? That’s right, Corey Dempster, Jordan DeCosta and, if he gets a mere 20 yards, Danny Portas will get 1,000 for the year as well. It’s unreal and part of the reason why they won a championship last week. Against Cedar Grove, Dempster had 264 yards and DeCosta 198 yards, both with 2 touchdowns. Who on Park Ridge can stop the Ghidorah that is Dempster, DeCosta and Portas? I think Owls Kim, Hughes and Gutin will record a bunch of tackles, but at the end of the day it will be too much for them. Look for Matt Cannizzaro and Adrian Ferati to make some big plays on defense to help keep Pinto in check as the Boots pull off an upset and win it all this year. PICK: Boots 27-20
George Muha: Park Ridge has it going on this season, romping through their schedule and taking down mighty Hasbrouck Heights in the Sectional Final last week. QB Vinny Pinto is the real deal and Justin Wagner and Brendan Hughes seem to be all over the field on both sides of the ball. Insert Darth Vader music. But the But don’t think for a second that the Black and Red aren’t hear to play games. They have one goal in mind and that is to win this football game. Dempster, Portas and DeCosta get all the headlines but guys like Titas Johnson, Michael Kreitz Adrian Ferati, Donte Brooks, Xavier LaCorte, John Rigas and frankly the entire Bomber squad have been playing their hearts out every single play all season long. The X-Factor? Senior Matthew “Can of Whoop-you-know-what” Cannizzaro. It’s going to be Cannizzaro that’ll have a sack or maybe forced fumble late in the game to ice it for the Boots and bring Morris-Sussex a Group I Championship! PICK: Boots 34-32
Owen: Boonton

North, Group 3 Championships

Par Hills (10-2) at Ramapo (12-0)

Ryan Sudol: First off, congratulations to the Vikings on their sectional title victory! Now comes the big test, though: a Ramapo team that is riding a state-long 25 game winning streak. That Par Hills defense that has been great all year is gonna have to put up the performance of their lives against an offense averaging 37 PPG. Specifically, they will have to stop dual threat QB Charlie DePrima & RB Jake Tirone, who have been wreaking havoc all season long. The equally stellar defense of Ramapo will certainly have to have a game as well due to the Vikings’ potent O that averages 35 PPG with multiple dynamic weapons to boot! At the end of the day, I say that Par Hills will find a way to break the code of the Raiders’ D with QB JD Breslauer (coming off 5 TDs vs. W. Essex) throwing a TD and RB Dom Verducci will running for 100 yds and 2 TDs. However, Ramapo is just…Ramapo. Their pedigree and resumé runs deeper than any team in the area. Plus, good team or not, Par Hills has not faced a team at this caliber all year long. With all that said, Tirone will run for 200 yards and 3 TDs as Ramapo will hang on for the Regional Title. PICK: Ramapo 30-20
Brian Kenney: Congrats to Par Hills. Some of these kids have been playing together since flag football back in the day. Coach Dave Albano wins yet another sectional championship, the guy is a local legend. Drew Gibbs, his counterpart at Ramapo, is right up there as well, as both coaches have about 20 years in at their schools, and plenty of wins in the process. Can they actually beat Ramapo though? Well, I don’t know. It’s a tall order. I mean, nobody has beaten them since forever it seems. The Raiders (why is there a panther involved if they are the “Raiders”, I don’t get that) won 25 games IN A ROW and are rolling opponents. Between Raider Panthers Charles “Chuck” DePrima throwing and running and Jake “The Snake” Tirone just running for miles they are tough to stop. I mean, there is no question the Vikings can hang offensively between JD and his crew of WRs Wilson, Sallie, Comerford and Thompson, along with Dom Verducci on the ground. But can they stop Ramapo on defense??? I mean, nobody has since the 90s it seems. But hey, I’ve come this far, I’m going to go with the “home” team. If anyone can pull it off, it’s this Vikings squad. Last week Ty Sallie had an interception, he needs to grab two more in this game (if anyone can do it, he can). But the defensive line needs to step up big time and get to DePrima and plug up any holes that are make for Tirone. Look for Senior David Giraldo (who had 12 tackles last week) to leave it all on the field. This kid will be tackling anyone who isn’t on his team on Saturday, possibly even the waterboy, refs, bandmembers, anyone and everyone. Senior Brandon “Ross” Perot will follow suit, collecting a sack and forcing a fumble in this one. It’s gonna be a barn burner for sure!! PICK: Par Hills 34-30
George Muha: I personally know multiple Morris-Sussex coaches that study Ramapo Coach Gibb’s coaching style so they can mimick a lot of the things he does. And rightfully so because the guy is a total winner. He currently has his Raiders on a 25-game win streak. Players Charles Deprima, Sean Clapp and Jake Tirone are all having monster seasons. There is no doubt Ramapo is the Great White shark in the middle of the pond. Everyone in the state believes Ramapo is going to win…but that’s because know one in the state knows who Par Hills is. And I personally like that because it is going to sting harder when the Vikings hold up that Group Championship Trophy in MetLife Stadium later today. There is NO WAY the Vikings drop this. EJ Comerford is literally a human man. JD Breslauer is flat out ridiculous. Dennis Wilson has scored more touchdowns defensively than 99% of offensive players in NJ. Ty Sallie would be the #1 receiver on any other team in Morris-Sussex but on this team he’s just on of four insane receiving corps. Jordan Thompson is a college player right now. Zack Taylor is better than his Division I player brother Billy was (sorry Billy, little bro is a stud). Dom Verducci is Barry Sanders reincarnated. And big man Brandon Perot literally ate a West Essex player last week (don’t worry, he’ll have him fully digested by the time the Ramapo game starts). I am sorry, I just don’t see Par Hills losing. I ran a bunch of game scenario models and they all come back with the same result every time. PICK: Par Hills 28-21
Owen: Ramapo

How We Picked Them Last Week

Ryan 4-0 (100%)
Brian 5-0 (100%)
George 5-0 (100%)
Owen 3-2 (60%)

How We’ve Been Picking Them So Far

Ryan 119-41 (74.37%)
Brian 160-73 (68.66%)
George 165-68 (70.81%)
Owen 19-15 (55.88%)

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.

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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