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2020 Week 3 Football Predictions

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Hopatcong (0-2) @ North Warren (1-0)

Brian Kenney: North Warren got off to a strong start but the ‘Cong is due to score some points in this one, and they will. I think at the end of the day Mark Moyna connects with Gabe Donovan for a forty-yard score in the forth quarter. PICK: Patriots 20-14
George Muha: I am not swayed by Hopatcong’s two-game skid. I know this squad has game. Look for Michael Mastroeni and A-Rod to keep the Pat’s offense in check. PICK: DaCong 24-10
Owen: Patriots 47-30

Wallkill Valley (2-0) @ Boonton (2-0)

Brian Kenney: I think this one will be a barn burner! The teams are both off to a strong start and the Boots, even with a limited capacity crowd, are tough at home. Tommy “Two Times” Testino will throw for a score and run for another for the Rangers, but I think the Boots’ offensive line will again lead the way for Hunter “Little Steven” Zan Vant will gallop for another buck eighty and two scores in this one. PICK: Boots 34-28
George Muha: I don’t know if I liked Hunter “Little Stephen” Van Zant better on the E Street band or on the Sopranos. But I do know I love him the most carrying the ball for my fantasy team. I’ll take a 200+ yards, 4 TD performance any day of the week. No pressure Little Stephen. PICK: Boots 40-30
Owen: Bombers 38-15

Chatham (0-1) @ Mendham (0-2)

Brian Kenney: This one is tough to call because the Cougars haven’t beaten the Minutemen for many years in a row, but Mendham hasn’t scored a point in their first two games. So I am at a loss. I had to flip a coin. The coin landed in a sewer, so that didn’t help. So, I asked my dog Darci to bark once for Chatham and twice for Mendham. She looked at me like I was crazy. In the end, Darci barked twice. I think Sean Bierals will make a big interception in the waning moments of the game to seal it for Mendham. PICK: Mendham 14-6
George Muha: I doesn’t take a genius to predict that Mendham coach Brett “Sean McVay” Ressler’s game plan probably consists of getting the ball in TE Declan McKevitt’s hands. No team in the league really has an answer for the 6-4, 235-pound receiver, especially when he’s running in the open field. For that reason alone, I am putting my money on the red, white and blue this week. PICK: Minutemen 20-14
Owen: Chatham “Bears” 41-36

Delbarton (2-0) @ Don Bosco (1-1)

Brian Kenney: Delbarton is off to a great start, but “The Don” Bosco is no joke. Cole “Trickle” Freeman will connect with David “Missing” Link for at least one score in this one for Delby. But I think Don Bosco will win a close one on the road here. PICK: DB 39-27
George Muha: I  admit that in years past when Delby played the Big Bergens I always became a total homer with my prediction. But this year’s pick is because I believe the Wave is coming in different. Bosco better put their seat belts on because this is going to be a rocky ride. PICK: Green Wave 44-42
Owen: Green Wave 32-17

Hackettstown (1-1) @ Lenape Valley (2-0)

Brian Kenney: Andrew Caridal had himself a day for H-Town last week, and he will have a good deal of success again this week in the Valley, running for 150 yards and 2 TDs. That being said, Lenape Valley has been playing well on both sides of the ball, and I think that will continue this week. The offensive line for Lenape has been steamrolling opponents and I think they will have some more success this week. Look for Gavin Coles and Trey Kaplan to combine for 220 yards and three scores in this one. PICK: LV 34-21.
George Muha: Gavin “Laveranues” Coles has the skillz to pay the billz and the Tiger’s will soon find out. I expect Sean Cooper to block at least a punt or a kickoff (if anyone can it’s Cooper). But he won’t block an extra point as H-Town kicker David D’Olivo has been money as of late. PICK: LVR 44-21
Owen: Patriots 51-17

High Point (0-1) @ Newton (0-0)

Brian Kenney: This is another one that is such a great rivalry and almost too close to call. High Point is going to score a decent amount of points, led by Carson Guiry with over 100 yards on the ground and two scores. That being said, I think the Braves’ Peyton Nolan will be busy on defense, making over ten tackles and forcing a turnover. I predict Jack Young hooks up for at least two scores with Aaron Fantasia and the Braves escape a close one here. PICK: Braves 28-20
George Muha: I know some may look at High Point’s 34-20 loss to Par Hills last week and think they had a rough night. On the contrary, you should be looking at last week’s game and take note that High Point put 20 points on a defending championship team that has three or four D1 players on D and should be a state ranked team. There is no doubt Newton will be coming out of the quarantine gate firing on all cylinders. But just trust me, this High Point team is very dangerous. I predict a total barn burner but I’m doubling down on the Pointers to come out on top. PICK: ‘Cats 42-41
Owen: Wildcats 40-12

Lakeland (1-1) @ Mountain Lakes (2-0)

Brian Kenney: Lakeland is always tough, but the Herd is stampeding through its opponents this season. Look for Peter Holmberg to throw for three scores in this one, one of them will go to Luke Miniter. PICK: The Herd 27-20
George Muha: Lakeland has a knack for beating on Morris-Sussex teams. But not this week as the HERD are too dynamic. If the Lancers try to focus on Jack Buzby and the running game, then good luck stopping 6-5 receivers Griffin O’Shaughnessy and Ryan McLaughlin. PICK: HERD 46-21
Owen: The Herd 13-10

Kittatinny (1-1) @ Vernon (0-2)

Brian Kenney: I have to say I was up in Vernon this summer to watch a travel baseball game and it’s just so nice up there. It was quiet, there some cows walking around, it was awesome. Now Vernon is even nicer with the fall foliage. The weather for Friday, it will not be so nice. It will be a battle for sure. Watch for Justin Simone to have a pick six for Vernon, but I think that the Kits will prevail with Tyler Sweatt doing his thing on the ground and Luke Williams connecting with Trent Molfetto at least once in this one. PICK: Kits 35-23
George Muha: Kittatinny’s Tyler Sweatt has been a mouthful for opponents thus far this season. And you know Kittatinny wants to bounce back after rough night against Lenape last week. But there is something about Zach Waschek and the Vikings at home that makes me not want to bet against them. I know they are 0-2, but they have a dub in them and I am doubling down that it is happening this week. PICK: Vikes 28-24
Owen: Cougars 31-17

West Morris (2-0) @ Sparta (1-0)

Brian Kenney: West Morris is off to a great start, but they face a serious challenge in a Sparta team that just always seems to be good. The Pack’s Chris “Ringdat” Bell will find his way into the endzone at least twice, while Trevor Hillier records a dozen tackles on defense for them. That being said, I think the Spartans are going to win a close one at home. Look for Sam “Bam” Esposito to run for a buck and 1-2 scores while Austen Frattura connects with James Maloney for a couple of scores in this one. PICK: Sparta 41-34
George Muha: I don’t know what it is about these two teams but this matchup is always a battle. This year it pits West Morris’ brawn against Sparta’s finesse. For me the X-Factor is West Morris Central’s Felice “Mad Dog” Montella though. Number 54 is 6′, 240-pounds, benches 350+, squats 500+ and deadlifts 515+. And he plays cranky in big games. This will definitely barn burner but in the end, it will be Mad Dog and the Wolves on top. PICK: Wolfpack 49-48
Owen: West Morris 44-13

Sussex Tech (0-2) @ Whippany Park (0-2)

Brian Kenney: Thankfully, one of these squads will come out with a W after this one. Both are deserving. I think the Techies will pull this one out as their offensive line makes some serious holes for Chris Conyers to run through on his way to 125 yards and a couple of scores. PICK: ST 24-17
George Muha: First off, has anyone seen Whippany Park’s Hunter Morgenroth? This kid is all over the field throwing for TDs, rushing for 100-yards, picking off passes…this kid is a total gamer. While Morgenroth will continue his stellar play I think it will Sussex Tech’s night. Look for the Mustang’s QB Aiden Smith and his dreamy eyes (hey, I’m just saying what you’re thinking) to throw for a TD and rush for another in the dub. PICK: Sussex Tech 28-21
Owen: Wildcats 40-11

Parsippany Hills (2-0) @ Montville (1-1)

Brian Kenney: The Vikings never stop never stopping. This does not bode well for the ‘Stangs. Chris Evans had a nice game last week, throwing for three scores, but the weather could impact their high-powered offense on Friday night. There is no question they need to get Ty Sallie the ball to get points on the board, and I’m sure they will figure it out. Blaine Franc had a great game last week for the ‘Stangs, and he will throw for one score and run for another, but I think the Vikings will prevail. PICK: PH 28-21
George Muha: A Mustang will be the winner of this game. But unfortunately for Montville, it will be Ty “Mustang” Sallie that will be the winner. Viking QB Chris Evans better have bought a steak dinner for his number one target as Sallie’s YAC stats are ridiculous. PICK: Par Hills 33-20
Owen: Vikings 20-17

Morris Catholic (1-1) @ Hudson Catholic (1-1)

Brian Kenney: This is going to be a great game, going down to the wire. Both teams can score at will, but Hudson has prevailed in the last five matchups. Will Morris Catholic buck the trend this year? Meh…I don’t think so (but I could be wrong). I think Lukas Kasko will throw for two scores in this one for HC. Watch for MC’s Dean Denobile to generate over 200 yards on the ground and a couple of scores in great effort that falls just a little short. PICK: HC 27-20
George Muha: Morris Catholic’s Dean Denobile really settled in in Week 2 to be a very efficient 13-16 and 300+ yards in the air. I know Hudson Catholic is coming in different this season, but if Denobile can play like he did last week, ain’t no one stopping him. PICK: Crusaders 33-31
Owen: Hawks 14-10

Morristown (0-1) @ Mount Olive (2-0)

Brian Kenney: Mount Olive is rolling, and Morristown won’t be able to stop them this week, even at home before their loyal fans. How about this Gavin Lockwood kid on the Marauders? He went off last week, throwing for almost 400 yards and 4 scores! I think he won’t top those numbers this week, but he will connect with AJ McKay for at least one score and Lockwood will probably scamper for another score as well. PICK: Mount Olive 24-7
George Muha: How about my boy AJ McKay of Mount Olive making me look like a fantasy genius this past weekend with his 9 catch, 206-yard and 2 TD performance against a very good Morris Knolls team. Somebody seems like they are making a run at Morris-Sussex Receiver of the Year. I predict Air McKay has a similar performance in front of his home fans this week! PICK: Marauders 31-21
Owen: Marauders 30-12

Parsippany (0-2) @ Pequannock (1-1)

Brian Kenney: Parsippany has had a tough couple of weeks and is posed to turn the corner this week. That being said, the ‘Quan is not going to make it easy. I think Campbell Pivnick will throw for almost 200 yards, mostly to Nick DePietro, and at least one score in this one. James “Jimmy” Riedinger will collect 15 tackles, including at least one sack for the Redhawks. PICK: Parsippany 26-14
George Muha: Par High’s rookie head coach Derrick Eatman needs that first victory of his career and I think that comes this week on the road. DePietro will rush for 100+ yards and three TDs as the Birds come away with the dub. PICK: Red Birds 30-21
Owen: Panthers 21-14

Butler (1-1) @ Wood-Ridge (1-1)

Brian Kenney: The Bulldogs are looking to build off their big win over Wallington last week. Butler’s Cris “Drop the H” Verrico and Joseph Conti were beasts last week, running for almost 300 yards and 4 TDs. I heard they gave their offensive line the week off for all their hard work. Well, it’s back to work again for those boys, and they are ready to rock. Look for C and V to combine for another 3 scores and over 200 yards this week as the Bulldogs win big. PICK: Bulldogs 34-19
George Muha: Butler do what they do in their Passaic County conference. Look for Verrico and Conti to combine for 300-yards and four TDs in the dub. PICK: Bulldogs 33-20
Owen: Blue Devils 40-16

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Madison (2-0) @ Morris Hills (2-0)

Brian Kenney: I have to be honest, the Dodgers have surprised me this year. They are getting it done, impressively. But I think they are going to catch a loss this week, despite the battle they put up. How about Morris Hills’ Josh “I Got You” Babe last week? The kid went off the chain last week, rushing for a buck fifty and two scores. But he wasn’t done, he also recorded ten tackles on defense! I think Mo Hills will have to battle all game and they will prevail, but barely. Look for the Hills’ Dante White to record a sack and force a turnover on defense which will be the difference maker in this game. PICK: MH 21-14
George Muha: I absolutely love this match up! While I don’t like the fact that any team has to quarantine for two weeks, that is the only reason why these two teams are playing each other. This game is so interesting to me for a few reasons. The first is no team in Morris-Sussex has a more dominant backfield than MoHills with Rex, Babe, Awesome Joe and Turner. But Madison coach Chris Kubik is so darn clever, he just won’t allow them to run havoc on his defense. I guarantee the Knight’s backfield and linemen will be frustrated by Kubik’s schemes. I’m putting my chips on MoHills only because they are the home team. PICK: Red Knights 35-34
Owen: Scarlet Knights 20-13

Roxbury (0-2) @ Morris Knolls (1-1)

Brian Kenney: Roxbury hasn’t scored yet this year. That ends on Saturday. They will find the endzone a few times in this one, led by Lucas Spitzer. Christian Solino will connect with Ryan Drwal for one score and Sean Beller will have at least two more for the Golden Eagles as they win a tough one. PICK: MK 33-24
George Muha: I absolutely hated hearing that Morris Knoll’s QB Patrick Sinegra is out due to injury. I wish him a speedy recovery. But junior backup Nicky Tavarone played valiantly and I expect him to continue to do so this week. And it doesn’t hurt that he has Kaiser and Beller to hand the ball off to.
Owen: Golden Eagles 30-17

Pope John (0-2) @ Irvington (2-0)

Brian Kenney: Irvington is tough at home, and off to a great start. Pope John is having their issues, but playing monsters in their first two games was not helpful either. I think this game goes down to the final minutes either way. Peter Delaportas is going to have a breakout game under Coach Matsakis’ system, and he will account for at least 3 scores in this one. I think Jack Stoll, Nick Lodato and Sean Brennan will combine on defense for 30 tackles and a couple of sacks as their defense bends but doesn’t break in their first win of the season. PICK: PJ 28-24
George Muha: Fun fact, my father John Muha was the captain of the Irvington football team in 1950. Back then they were known as the Camptowners…if I am not mistaken. I know my dad would be proud of the way his old team has been playing. While I know PJ does have fire power, there is a reason why Alabama coach Nick Saban rents an apartment right next to Irvington High. PICK: Irvington 44-10
Owen: Knights 37-14

Newark Academy (0-2) @ Morristown-Beard (1-0)

Brian Kenney: The Beard is geared up for their annual match up against NA. They haven’t lost in years, and they don’t expect to lose this week. Are the Beard’s Marinello brothers? If so, the Marinello Brothers are off to a fast start. They run, they throw, they catch. I heard they drive the bus to away games and even do the chains when they aren’t in the game. They are everywhere! Look for them to combine for over 200 yards on offense with a couple of scores as the Beard rolls. PICK: MB 41-17
George Muha: I am starting Major Jones on my fantasy team this week because ESPN has him projected to score 27 fantasy points. I guarantee he exceeds that. PICK: Beards 32-21
Owen: Crimson 22-12

Union City (1-1) @ Randolph (1-0)

Brian Kenney: Randolph is just getting started. Jimmy Pepe will grind it out in this one, running for over 100 yards and 2 scores. Aden Koenigsberg will throw for two scores as well for the Rams. The Rams’ Rik “The Kick”Amin will remain perfect on extra points on the season as well. Of course, Union City won’t make it easy. This one is up in the air until the final minute of the fourth quarter. PICK: Rams 35-32
George Muha: My coach friend who is in the know about NJ football texted me and told me that Randolph is in for a long day against Union City. Saying they have this guy and that guy. But I do know there is one guy they don’t have and his name is Aden Koenigsberg. And trust me, he will be the X-Factor in this game. If you’re wondering where I will be on Saturday afternoon, just look for a fat guy with the #5 jersey in the Randolph stands (or on line at the snack shack). PICK: Rams 41-40
Owen: Rams 35-12

How We Picked Them Last Week

Brian Kenney 17-3 (85.00%)
George Muha 15-5 (75.00%)
Little Owen 11-9 (55.00%)

How We’ve Been Predicting So Far

Brian Kenney 33-10 (76.74%)
George Muha 31-12 (72.09%)
Little Owen 11-9 (55.00%)

About the Predictors

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 14-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 6-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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