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2020 Week 4 Football Predictions

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Thursday Night Lights

Dover (0-2) @ Tenafly (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  The battle of the Tigers! I think that Dover will play Tenafly tough, but I think in the end the Bergen County Tigers will. PICK: Tenafly 34-13
George Muha:  A dub will be coming soon for Coach Hartman and the Tigers.  But I think it’ll take another week. PICK:  Flies 21-7
Owen:  Dover Tigers 33-22

Friday Night Lights

Sussex Tech (0-3) @ Boonton (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  I’m surprised that the Techies still have not won a game.  Unfortunately, the Bombers are not the team to get off the snide with, they are rolling so far this year.  Hunter Van Zant went off the chain last week, running 18 times for almost 250 yards and 4 TDS? That’s banana-grams!!! I don’t see how  Sussex Tech, who lost to Whippany Park somehow last week, can contain HVZ.  He will run for a buck ninety and 3 scores and get the fourth quarter off.  PICK: Boots 41-20
George Muha:  I’m going to be Hunter Van Zant for Holloween this year because he’s by far the scariest running back in Morris-Sussex in 2020!  PICK:  Bombers 45-10
Owen:  Bombers 38-7

Parsippany Hills (3-0) @ River Dell (3-0)

Brian Kenney: Can you say game of the week?  Does anyone remember last season when Par Hills got revenge of their loss to RD two months later?  RD did not forget, and they have been rolling ever since.  However, the Vikings’ offense has been on fire to start the season, scoring 97 points in three games.  Chris Evans hooked up twice with Jordan “JT”  Thompson for scores last week, and Dom Verducci rambled for over 160 yards and two scores on the ground.  I feel like any game where Ty Sallie scores the Vikings are going to win.  On the defensive side of the ball JT had 10 tackles and 3 sacks last week along with a combined 16 tackles from James Garcia and Andrew Thomas.  All this being said, it’s the Vikes, again, in a nail biter.  PICK: PH 27-24
George Muha:  With all the stars on this team, Dom Verducci runs for 150-yards and 2 TDs every week and barely anyone even says anything.  For River Dell’s sake, I hope they don’t sleep on #28.  But openly, it won’t matter if they stack the box. Verducci is just that good.  PICK Vikes 40-30
Owen:  Vikings 40-11

Morris Catholic (1-2) @ Hackettstown (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  This game could go either way, and H-Town is definitely going to put some points on the board this week.  Andrew  “Cars” Carida will run for a buck twenty-five and two scores in this one for H-Town.  I think Morris Catholic survives as Thomas “Ned” Stark records 15 tackles and forces a key fumble in the final minutes as MC holds on.  PICK: MC 24-21
George Muha:  H-Town would love to get a home dub but Morris Catholic’s Coach Hack and his apparent love for throwing 35x a game (which I also love by the way) will be too much for the Tigers.  PICK: MC 35-24
Owen:  Tigers 47-3

Whippany Park (1-2) @ Hopatcong (1-2)

Brian Kenney: Whippany Park won big last week and hopes to carry the momentum into this week as well.  The ‘Cong is tough at home though, and I think they will prevail.  Teddy Ciamillo and Riley Barnet will combine for 20 tackles and a couple of sacks in this one for the Park, but I think Jimmy Feinberg makes a big play on defense for the Chiefs and one or more of the Mastroeni brothers finds the endzone as ‘Cong pulls it out in the fourth quarter.  PICK: ‘Cong 34-28
George Muha:  This has all the makings to be a real barn burner but I’m putting my chips on the home team Chief’s.  I predict Hopatcong QB Frankie Mastroeni will combine for three TDs between his arm and his legs.  PICK:  Chiefs 24-21
Owen:  Wildcats 27-18

Newton (1-0) @ Lenape Valley (3-0)

Brian Kenney: The  Braves are poised to make another run at a championship (if there are championships this season) but they face a tough test on the road in the Valley.  Jack Young will be slinging on Friday, throwing for over 200 yards and 2 scores for Newton.  On the flip side, it will be tough stopping Gavin Coles and Trey Kaplan, as I see them combining for 200 yards on the ground and a few  scores.  I think the Pats win in a barn burner.  PICK: LV 28-27
George Muha:  I love how prickly the Newton fans get when I pick against them.  My inbox was filled with “told you so” notes after the Braves handled High Point last week.  One fan actually begged me to pick against them again this week because he said it gives them good luck.  First, I’m always happy when a team wins and makes me eat my prediction.  And secondly, I will be picking against the Braves again this week.  But it’s not to give them good luck or because I think they are a bad team.  I’m actually really impressed with how much fight they have him.  And there is a reason why Aaron Fantasia’s #21 jersey is in the Top 10 in Morris-Sussex right now.  But I just think the Big Red Train is just too good to lose any games this year.  I am picking the Pat’s to win on a walk-off TD.  PICK:  LV 45-40
Owen:  Braves 47-44

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

Brian Kenney: I gotta be honest, I was not sure how the Dodgers would be this season but they played a heck of a game against Morris Hills last week and lost by a point for their only L of the season.  The Herd is as good as advertised, and has beaten the Dodgers three years in a row.  Is this the year Madison exacts some revenge?  Not quite.  I think Jack Buzby makes a big play on defense for the Herd to help seal the victory in this one, as Kevin Christ runs for over 100 yards and 2 scores in this one.  PICK: Herd 20-17
George Muha:  Madison is coming off an amazing game against Morris Hills that some say was the best game they ever saw.  Although the Dodgers lost, they showed they can hang with any team as I think MoHills is one of the best in the area.  I expect another barn burner this week, however, I predict a similar narrow loss for the Maroon and Gold.  PICK:  HERD 35-34
Owen: The Herd 22-21

Morristown (0-2) @ Randolph (2-0)

Brian Kenney:  The Rams blew out a decent team last week, and they are on a roll.  I don’t think this one will be that close.  Aden Koenigsberg had a fantastic game last week and was very efficient.  He continues that success, connecting on 70% of his throws while tossing two touchdown passes.  Justin Townsend catches and runs for touchdowns like a young man’s Adrian Peterson, and will continue that trend on Friday.  PICK: Rams 48-14
George Muha:  Right now I think Randolph is one of the best teams in Morris-Sussex (between them and Delbarton).  It would be so fun if Motown pulled off a monster upset this week but I don’t see Koenigsberg and company letting that happen.  PICK:  Rams 40-10
Owen:  Rams 38-5

Mount Olive (3-0) @ Roxbury (0-3)

Brian Kenney: If Lockwood and Perez was an LLC, it would be based out of Mount Olive and specialize in running and passing for touchdowns.  Oh, and winning.  While normally a close game, I think the Marauders will win this one by a bunch.  That is not to say the Gaels won’t play tough, they always do.  PICK: Mt. Olive 40-19
George Muha: Mount Olive is another team that is vying to be a contender for Team of the Year in Morris-Sussex. They should be 4-0 after this week. But looking ahead, I cannot wait for the MO vs West Morris Central game. I predict Mason “MC Hammer” Consenzo to have two sacks and a forced fumble in the dub for the Marauders.  PICK: MO 40-10
Owen:  Marauders 33-31

Warren Hills (0-3) @ Parsippany (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  The Redhawks are having a rough start to the year, but I think they got some momentum last week with a nice win over the Panthers and that will carry into this Friday.  Look for Justice Fitzgerald to record a baker’s dozen worth of tackles and force a turnover in this one as Parsippany evens up their record.  PICK: Parsippany 17-10
George Muha: Now that Coach Eatman and the Redhawks know what victory tastes like, look for them to take another bite this week. PICK: Birds 30-23
Owen:  Patriots 27-21

Bergenfield (1-2) @ Pequannock (1-2)

Brian Kenney: I don’t know much about the Bears, but the ‘Quan is having a rough start to the season.  That being said, I still have faith the Panthers will win before the hometown fans this week.  I think Preston Fazekas will have a big game defensively and Ben Lyon will find the endzone on the offensive side of the ball.  PICK: Pequannock 14-7
George Muha: Pequannock is looking to rebound after a two-game skid. I see them getting the dub in front of their home stands. PICK: Panthers 33-30
Owen:  Panthers 33-17

Morris Knolls (2-1) @ West Morris (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  The Pack is hunting this season, and every team is ending up like the lone, injured deer that they separate and tear apart (I have seen some great Nat Geo specials).  Knolls beat up on some softer opponents but they will have their hands full this week.  Chris “Ring That” Bell and Luke Doerr-Fredrickson will combine for over 200 yards and 3 TDs and defensively Trevor Hillier will record a sack and force a fumble on top of ten tackles as the Pack wins big.  PICK: Pack 42-22
George Muha: Knolls is going to be vying for revenge after the Pack knocked them out of the playoffs last season. While I do think it will be a close one, I am putting my money on sack-master Luke “Shut the” Doerr-Fredrickson and the Wolves. PICK: WMC 33-24
Owen:  “Wolves” 44-14

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Sparta (1-1) @ Passaic Valley (3-0)

Brian Kenney: Sparta lost a tough one last week and will be looking to bounce back but that will be easier said than done against the Valley.  Nick Vasta is going to throw for three scores in this one as they hand Sparta their second loss in a row.  That being said, the Spartans will take it down to the wire, with Austen Frattura connecting with Brendan Cina and James Maloney for scores in this one.  PICK: PV 28-23
George Muha: I know traveling to an undefeated Passaic Valley on a Saturday afternoon wouldn’t be easy for most teams. But there is no way Sparta won’t be looking to burn off a ton of steam after last week’s loss to West Morris. Look for Austen Frattura to go absolutely off for over 300-yards and at least 4 TDs. PICK: Sparta 49-24
Owen: Spartans  48-12

High Point (0-2) @ Kittatinny (2-1)

Brian Kenney: The battle of the wild cats! I think the Kits have the advantage here, mostly because their offensive line has been clearing some paths this year, and they will do so again so Brycen Mafaro and Tyler Sweatt will combine for over 220 years and 4 scores in this one.  PICK: Kits 49-27
George Muha: I’ve been doubling down on High Point every week so far but this time I am going to have to put my chips on the Cougars. Brycen Mafaro put up video game numbers last week and I can’t see him losing in front of his home crowd. PICK: Cougs 30-10
Owen:  High Point 44-27

North Warren (1-1) @ Wallkill Valley (2-1)

Brian Kenney: This year’s matchup will be entertaining, as both squads are playing pretty well thus far.  That being said, I’m giving the edge to the Rangers, as they spread the ball out to different backs so nobody is getting winded in their games.  I see Brandon Campbell breaking off a long run for a score and Bobby McMillian also finding in the endzone on the ground for the Valley.  PICK: WV 27-18
George Muha: Look for Tommy “Two-Times” Testino to throw for a TD and rush for one to give the Rangers a dub on homecoming weekend. PICK: Rangers 34-10
Owen:  Rangers 22-20

Jefferson (1-1) @ Vernon (0-3)

Brian Kenney: Vernon is having a tough year thus far, and J-Town won’t make it any  better.  The last time Vernon beat Jefferson was in 2011, and the past couple years haven’t been close.  However, I think Vernon will give them a run for their money this week.  Aden Moskovitz will find the endzone twice for the Vikes.  The Falcons will overpower them in the fourth quarter, with Rory Coyle and Justin Eisele making a couple big defensive plays to turn the tide in J-Town’s favor in this one.  PICK: J-Town 20-12
George Muha: Vernon has the injury bug for the second year in a row with the loss of some key starters for the season. I just hate seeing that because those losses are big ones for them to deal with. With that said, I see Jefferson getting the away dub. PICK: Falcons 30-10
Owen:  Falcons 44-17

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

Brian Kenney: The common opponent they had tells a story of  two different teams here.  Montville shut Mendham out, Mendham shut Chatham out.  I’m no genius, but the numbers seem to point in the ‘Stangs favor here.  Look for Blaine Franc to generate a couple hundred yards of offense and a couple of touchdowns while Anthony Hurley records 8 tackles and a sack for Montville in this one. PICK: Montville 24-16
George Muha: For some reason I really enjoy Saturday afternoon games at Cougar Field in Chatham. It’s just a nice stadium, with a good snack shack and the vibe is always positive and upbeat. The problem for the Cougars is Montville will also enjoy playing there this Saturday. PICK: ‘Stangs 30-21
Owen:  Cougars 35-10

Pope John (1-2) @ Delbarton (3-0)

Brian Kenney: Pope John beat a decent Irvington team last week, but the Green Wave is more like a tsunami this season.  They just beat powerhouse Don Bosco, and Cole “Trickle” Freeman literally went off the chain, running for over 100 yards and throwing for 123 yards while completing 75% of his passes.  No wonder why he was the Parisi Speed Schoool Player of the Week!!!  He will do his thing while Gary Lewis runs for close to a hundge with a score for Delby.  Meanwhile, how about Pope John’s defense last week?  If you had them in fantasy you would be in great shape, a shut out and two defensive touchdowns, thanks to Sean Line and Jacob Brennan (fumble and pick-six).  They will inflict some damage on Delbarton on Saturday, but I think Delbarton holds on to win.  PICK: Delby 21-10
George Muha: I’m so proud of Delbarton for their big win over DBP last week. I have been sick of watching our area get pushed around by those big Bergen Parochials bullies all these years and finally the Green Wave put them back in their place. Pope John can surely shake things up by taking down the Green and White but I just don’t see that happening. PICK: Delby 44-29
Owen:  Green Wave 43-3

Mendham (1-2) @ Morris Hills (3-0)

Brian Kenney: Morris Hills  hasn’t lost this matchup in a decade, including the last four games in a row, and they are coming off a crazy one-point win against Madison last week.  They are going to ride that momentum into this week, and unfortunately the Minutemen will not be able to keep up.  Awesome Joe Dawson and Josh “I Got You” Babe will combine for four scores for the Hills, while Frank Kontely will throw for two scores for Mendham.  PICK: Hills 34-14
George Muha: Mendham could really shake things up if they can pull off the dub this weekend. But MoHills just seems to be playing in a different stratosphere. Look for Awesome Joe and the Red Knights to continue their winning ways. PICK: Knights 34-21
Owen:  Scarlet Knights 37-15

Morristown-Beard (2-0) @ Montclair Kimberley (2-1)

Brian Kenney: Am I crazy or did these teams just play one another? Maybe this is because other teams are in quarantine, who knows, but as they as they keep playing football who cares.  Last time, the Beard won 28-10.  James Marinello will again cause havoc on the ground for the Beard, along with Major Jones, combining for a buck eighty and three scores.  MKA will have some success in the air behind Jake “The Snake” Pryor but in the end I think the Beard wins again.  PICK: Beard 34-20
George Muha: I like the makeup of this Beard team against this schedule this year. I predict the Crimson moves on to 3-0 and for you fantasy I’d start Major Jones as he’s projected to rush for 100-yards and two TDs. PICK: Beards 32-20
Owen:  MKA 36-30

How We Picked Them Last Week

Brian Kenney 14-4 (77.77%)
George Muha 13-5 (72.22%)
Little Owen 13-5 (72.22%)

How We’ve Been Predicting So Far

Brian Kenney 47-14 (77.04%)
George Muha 44-17 (72.13%)
Little Owen 24-14 (63.15%%)

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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