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2020 Week 6 Football Predictions

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Thursday Night Lights

Ferris (0-3) @ Dover (0-4)

Brian Kenney: The only thing I know about Ferris is that is the first name of the main character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I doubt any of the youngsters reading this know that movie, but it’s fantastic. I always wanted to cut school and go to a Cubs game and a parade etc. after I saw that movie. Anyway, I am going to go with the home team here, because why not? The Tigers are due! PICK Dover 14-7
George Muha: No way Maka and company are going to go winless this season. Watch the Tigers bounce back in a big way in front of the home crowd. PICK: Tigers 33-12
Owen: Tigers 44-13

Friday Night Lights

Passaic Tech (1-2) @ Pope John (1-3)

Brian Kenney: Pope John will put some points on the board this week, but it will be Tyler Ruscher who will make a big play (in addition to his 10 tackles) on defense to make the difference here for the Lions. PICK: Pope John 20-14
George Muha: Although the Bulldogs have a ton of talent, I see the Johnnies blowing off a lot of pent up steam their losses have created with a big one-sided dub. Hutchinson will have 5 catches for 100 yards and the Ruscher Bros will combine for 18 tackles and a sack. PICK: Johnnies 40-10
Owen: Bulldogs 33-11

Hanover Park (2-1) @ Pequannock (1-4)

Brian Kenney: Pequannock is tough at home but I can’t see HP slowing down after the huge momentum burst they got last week in a big win over undefeated Mountain Lakes. Props to the offensive line for the Hornets, as they were on fire last week. Christian Valvano and Mikey Filippone combined for almost 300 yards and 3 scores on the ground. Filippone, who was the Daily Record’s “Player of the Week” was on a different planet last week. He scored 3 different ways, all impressively. I can’t figure out what was better, the 95 kickoff return or the 81 yard run (on fourth down no less). This week I see Valvano mixing it up more with a couple of TD passes to Johnny Borrello and Justin Tuli while Filippone runs for another buck sixty and two scores. On defense, Paul “Coz” Cosentino and “Mikey B” Borrello will combine for 20 tackles and force at least one turnover between them. Top that off with Luca Zirpoli getting the most of his defensive snaps with a couple of sacks in this one as HP rolls. PICK: HP 34-13
George Muha: This could be a trap game for the Hornets if they are not careful. Pequannock definitely has some fight in them to catch HP on their heels. In the end, it will Hornet’s lineman Dan Gregory and his handsome beard that’ll be the difference. PICK: Hornets 44-21
Owen: Hornets 48-10

North Warren (1-3) @ High Point (1-3)

Brian Kenney: Luke Van Horn had a solid game on both sides of the ball in a tough loss last week for the Pats. He will have another good game against the Cats, but I think High Point will impress the home town fans with a big win this week. I think Alex Buchwald will generate 200 plus yards of offense and two scores for the Cats, while Cole “Muscle Mass”ar adds a buck fifteen and two scores on the ground. PICK: HP 34-27
George Muha: I love the fight North Warren has in them. They definitely have the ability to pull of an upset. But I just don’t see Van Orden letting that happen in front of his home crowd. PICK: ‘Cats 31-25
Owen: Wildcats 40-30

Hopatcong (3-2) @ Newton (3-0)

Brian Kenney: The ‘Cong is no pushover with the Mastroeni brothers running the show on offense, but I think the Braves’ defense will step up just enough to hold them at bay so they can squeak out a victory. Aaron Fantasia had himself a game, and was MSS’s player of the week. He catches, he runs, and he returns punts (for a touchdown last week). This week who knows, maybe he scores a TD on defense, I wouldn’t put it past him! The Braves’ Ryan Pappas and Dylan Bailey will combine for 18 tackles and force a fumble or two to help carry the Braves to victory. PICK: Newton 30-23
George Muha: No team has more momentum than Newton. But no team has played with more guts than the Hopatcong Chief’s. I guarantee this will one will go the distance and will be decided once again by the foot of sophomore Brave’s kicker Robert McCullough. PICK: Newton 24-21
Owen: Braves 26-9

Jefferson (3-1) @ Mount Olive (4-1)

Brian Kenney: This will be a heck of a game and despite losing last week, the Marauders played West Morris tough and almost pulled out a W. I think Dylan Patscheck will be all over the field again for the Falcons, making all sorts of tackles and forcing another turnover in this one. Mike “Golden” Gould will run for at least one score while topping 100 yards for J-Town as well. These teams always play each other tough, and this one will be no different. AJ McKay will have a great game for Mt. Olive, recording almost 20 tackles on defense while hooking up with Gavin “Lockdown” Lockwood for two scores in this one. Dan “Bullseye” Barra is perfect again kicking, and Mt. Olive wins in a barn burner. PICK: Mt. Olive 24-20
George Muha: Both of these teams like to play fast-break basketball so expect a high scoring affair. But I think the Marauder’s three-headed monster of Hunter Perez, Air McKay and Justin Schmidt will prevail. PICK: MO 34-29
Owen:Falcons 24-13

Lenape Valley (4-1) @ Mountain Lakes (3-1)

Brian Kenney: This one is too close to call. It’s like the Georgia of games. The Herd is fired up and looking to bounce back after their un-herdlike performance last week, and the Valley is always a force to be reckoned with. I see Herd QB Peter Holmberg and RB Jack “Buzzsaw” Buzby combining for 3 scores in this one. The issue will be stopping Trey Kaplan. I think he runs for a buck sixty and two scores in this one. In the end I think the Patriots will escape with a victory in a hard fought, physical, well-played game by both sides. PICK: LV 28-24
George Muha: I guarantee the Herd had a rough week of practice after last week’s upset loss to Hanover Park. I expect them to be firing on all cylinders for this one and I predict it will be a barn burner to the final whistle. But the difference will be Lenape’s 6-5, 250-pound Sean Cooper on a blocked kick of some sort. PICK: Pats 44-43
Owen: The Herd 28-21

Roxbury (0-5) @ Montville (2-3)

Brian Kenney: This ends up being a defensive battle, and besides a tough game against Par Hills, the ‘Stangs have been pretty stingy on D all year long. They will play tough this week, look for Gianni Hurley and John Walsh to step up big time on defense for the ‘Stangs, recording 20 tackles and forcing two turnovers between them. That will be the difference in this matchup. PICK: Montville 27-14
George Muha: I predict sophomore rookie QB Alex Maldonado will have his coming out party with a stellar performance in this one. While I see the Mustangs pulling out the victory in the end, he’ll send a message to the conference that he’s a gamer (which he is, trust me!). PICK: Stangs 34-30
Owen: Gaels 49-33

West Morris (5-0) @ Randolph (4-0)

Brian Kenney: No question this is the game of the week! The Rams are always tough at home but the Pack have proven themselves always tough, period. Pack QB Trevor Hillier had an usual day throwing the rock last week but he will right the ship this week and connect with Matt Ruppel and Kevin Finlay for score. Meanwhile Luke Doerr-Fredrickson will run for over 120 yards and two scores as well for the Pack. On defense, Andrew Pruss and Stefano Montello are going to tear it up, recording 20 tackles and causing two turnovers for the Wolves. PICK: Wolfpack 30-28
George Muha: Don’t even bother looking at the rosters in this one. There is no doubt this is going the coaching chess match of the year. So let’s look at the coaches. On the Wolfpack side of things you have veteran coach Kevin Hennelly who has more rings than fingers and is the ultimate strategist. On Randolph, you have third year coach Will Nahan who brings a high flying type of offense than landed his Rams in the state sectional semi-finals in both of his first two years. While I can guarantee this will be a barn burner of a match that might end up going to overtime, I predict the impeccable execution and minimal mistakes Coach Hennelly demands to be the difference. PICK: Wolves (as Owen says) 30-29
Owen: Wolpack 28-18

Sparta (3-1) @ Vernon (0-5)

Brian Kenney: The Vikes have been grinding all year and they haven’t had a W to show for it, but it will happen! Not in this one though. Austen Frattura will throw for a score and run for two more as the Spartans roll. PICK: Sparta 35-13
George Muha: If you are a fantasy owner, here are two must starts in this game. On the Vernon side, you have to start QB Zack Waschek. Despite the fact that he’s dealing with some injuries to some key starters, he’s doing a great job slinging it around to the younger guys that are stepping it up. On the Sparta side, double down on runningback Sam Esposito. The senior has been getting more productive by the week on the ground and receiving as well. Both players will generate lots of fantasy points but I am going with Sparta to come out with more game points in the end. PICK: Sparta 32-14
Owen: Spartans 60-9

West Essex (2-0) @ Mendham (2-3)

Brian Kenney: West Essex is always solid and the Minutemen are looking to even their record. I think this game is going to be very exciting and back and forth the entire time. I’m going to call a sort of upset and pick Mendham to win on a TD pass to Declan McKevitt in the final minutes. PICK: Mendham 21-17
George Muha: If you want to see the game within the game key in on West Essex’ Chris Cerbo and Mendham’s Declan McKevitt. Both are 6-4 college bound players that will likely face off against each other on both sides of the ball during this game. My money is on Wessex but I think it will be closer than people think. PICK: Knights 34-30
Owen: Minutemen 39-20

Saturday Afternoon Specials

Wallkill Valley (4-1) @ Kittatinny (2-3)

Brian Kenney: The Rangers are having a great season, and look to improve to 5-1 after this one. But the Cougars aren’t just going to roll over, they will battle all game. Look for Shane Nugent to do this thing on both sides of the ball and for Chase Lorencovitz to record a baker’s dozen worth of tackles and force a fumble along the way. PICK: Rangers 24-16
George Muha: This will be a great matchup of two pretty evenly matched opponents. While it can go either way, I predict it will come down to jump-ball pass in the endzone that Wallkill’s 6-4, 230-pound soft-handed TE Hunter Nolan will bring down. PICK: Wallkill Valley 36-30
Owen: Rangers 59-28

Morris Catholic (3-2) @ Garfield (4-1)

Brian Kenney: Dean Denoblie had a sick game last week for MC last week, throwing for almost 400 yards. He will be back at it again on Saturday in picture-perfect weather. Look for him to throw for another 3 scores, 2 of them to his main target Walter Quick, as MC rolls. PICK: MC 34-17
George Muha: No player seems to get better every week better than Morris Catholic QB Dean Denoble. I love his Joe Montana-esk escapability in the pocket to extend pass plays. Denoble will need a monster game against this monster opponent and I predict he delivers in a high scoring affair. PICK: Crusaders 44-42
Owen: Boilermakers 29-10

Butler (2-1) @ Pompton Lakes (4-1)

Brian Kenney: The Lakes are having a good season, but Butler puts up a battle all game, and it will be decided in the last few plays of the game. My money is on Joltin’ Joe Conti, who will score three times and run for over 175 yards in this one. PICK: Bulldogs 30-19
George Muha: This game has a lot of underlining story plots in it with the main one being Coach Luciani’s father used to coach Pompton. So you know there is no way he’s going to want to drop this one. And I don’t expect him to either. PICK: ‘Dawgs 21-14
Owen:Cardinals 22-17

Parsippany Hills (4-1) @ Chatham (0-4)

Brian Kenney: The Cougars’ Sean Pellegrin is fun to watch on defense, as he had 16 tackles (including a sack) last week. He will be a busy man again this week against one of the best offenses in the State (which, incidentally, had a rough non-conference game last week). Look for Chris Evans to bounce back this week and throw for three scores, (two to one of best WRs in the State, Ty Sallie). Meanwhile James Garcia will record over 15 tackles and force a fumble for the Vikings as they win a close one. PICK: Par Hils 34-20
George Muha: Par Hills is looking to blow off steam after their shutout to a stellar Woodbridge team. Unfortunately for the 0-4 Cougars, they’ll be the recipient of of the Vikings ire, albeit not personal. PICK: Par Hills 44-21
Owen: Vikings 77-18

Millburn (0-5) @ Madison (3-2)

Brian Kenney: Madison had a good win last week and is looking to carry that momentum against a Millburn team that has had a rough go of it thus far. Look for Joe Carfano to record 15 tackles for the Dodgers and create a turnover in this one as Madison wins a close one before the hometown fans. PICK: Madison 20-12
George Muha:  Madison is still vying for the Division Title and Hanover Park’s defeat over Mt Lakes makes that a possibility.  While this game has no divisional implications, look for the Dodgers to build up momentum for next week which will basically be the Divisional Championships against the Hanover Park Hornets.  PICK:  Dodger Nation 30-10
Owen: Millers 28-19

Parsippany (2-3) @ Boonton (5-0)

Brian Kenney: Parsippany is getting its feet back under them this season, but the Boots are about to kick them out again. I don’t know what else to say about the Bombers’ offensive line and the guy who is buying them Rolexes this year, Hunter Van Zant. This kid ran for over 10 yards a carry last week, racking up almost 300 yards and 3 scores on 22 carries. It’s just cray. I don’t see Parsippany slowing him down much, as he will have 100 yards before the second half starts, and he will finish with 200 or so and another 3 scores. PICK: Boots 40-19
George Muha: I love seeing Par High rookie head coach Derrick Eatman getting some dubs in his first year at the helm. But speaking of eating men, I think this game is going to be another week of the Hunter Van Zant Show. Although he had a crappy game last week with only 300-yards and 3 TDs. I predict he’ll be back to his four touchdown self this week. PICK: Boots 40-20
Owen: Redhawks 23-20

Kinnelon (0-2) @ Brearly (3-1)

Brian Kenney: The Bears’ Drew Graichen is going to run for a buck ten and two scores in this one. The Colts’ Aidan Duffy will throw for three scores, but I think the they fall just short in this one. PICK: Bears 34-30
George Muha: I know the Brear’s has had success this season, but I am telling you that Kinnelon is the most under rated winless team in Morris-Sussex. Look for Jack Matthew ice it with a walk-off pick-6 for the Colts in OT. PICK: Colts 27-21
Owen: Bears 24-13

How We Picked Them Last Week

Brian Kenney 16-2 (88.88%)
George Muha 14-4 (77.77%)
Owen 7-11 (38.88%)

How We’ve Been Predicting So Far

Brian Kenney 77-21 (78.57%)
George Muha 73-25 (74.48%)
Owen 44-31 (58.66%)

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 eye-black (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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