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2020 Week 8 Football Predictions

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Thursday Night Lights

Kinnelon (1-3) @ Dumont (1-6)

Brian Kenney: I think the Colts’ Aidan Duffy goes off in this game and produces a few scores on the ground and in the air. It comes down to the wire but the Colts will escape with a hard fought W. PICK: Colts 17-13
George Muha: I see Trey McDonald and his Colts pull off the road win as Jeff “The Kripp Keeper II” Krippner ices it with a walk-off Pick-6. PICK: Kinnelon 25-22
Owen:Colts 47-15

Morris Catholic (5-2) @ Mendham (2-4)

Brian Kenney: Morris Catholic has had a check of a season and while this one will be a close one I think the Crusaders will pull it out. Tommy Stark and Zach Thomas will combine for 30 tackles in this one, on top of a forced fumble that gets returned for a TD. PICK: MC 21-13
George Muha: I anticipate this to be a battle as Mendham DB Seanie Bierals should neutralize the Crusader’s Dean Denoble and MC’s potent passing attack. With that said, I see Morris Catholic fullback Tommy T being the X-Factor. PICK: MC 30-29
Owen: Crusaders 22-11

Friday Night Lights

Hackettstown (1-3) @ Warren Hills (2-4)

Brian Kenney: The Tigers will put up a decent fight but I think the Streaks (or as Owen calls them, the Lightning bolts) will win a close one. Look for Hills’ Jon Lainez to run for a buck twenty and 1-2 scores in this one. PICK: Hills 34-29
George Muha: So happy by boys of H-town get one last run. What a wild ride these kids endured. I’m doubling down on the Tigers to get it done in this cross-town rivalry! PICK: H-town 21-20
Owen: Lightning Bolts 27-18

Hanover Park (4-1) @ Mahwah (5-1)

Brian Kenney: Mahwah is having a great year, and teams are having a heck of a time stopping the Thunderbirds’ QB Sal Cantone. That being said, Hanover Park already won their conference, and now they are just on a mission to win out the season. Their offense looks unbeatable right now, and their offensive line is firing on all cylinders. Christian Valvano just keeps getting it done, and he did it though the air and on the ground last week, accounting for another 5 scores and while totaling over 300 yards running and throwing . Mikey Filippone added a few carries and managed to pick up almost 200 yards on the ground, along with two scores. Throw Brett Behre into the mix, who had 4 catches (2 for scores) and almost 160 yards receiving, the Hornets’ offense is lit as the kids say. Behre was so on fire he even caught a pass from Madison’s QB last week. Valvano will hit all three of his main WRs, Borrello, Behre and Tuli in this one, while Filippone dashes for another two scores. However, this game is going to come down to defense. And that is where the Hornets will win it. Mikey Borrello had himself a game with 10 tackles and a sack last week, and will do more of the same this week. Throw in Paul “Coz” Cosentino, Owen Feldman and Chris “Smash” Nash swarming around the ball and the Thunderbirds are going to have a rough time scoring. PICK: HP 41-26
George Muha: I’m so bummed out we aren’t able to broadcast this game. But in the end, I think it is going to be one of those games that Mahwah isn’t going to want televised anyways. Valvano and Filippone will combine for at least 400-yards and five touchdowns.  And Sonny Conley will have a Pick-6 (no pressure bro). PICK: Hornets 50-6
Owen: Hornets 34-24

Mountain Lakes (4-2) @ Newton (5-0)

Brian Kenney: The Herd will have its hooves? Full with the Braves this week. That is mostly because their offensive line is massive and tough as nails. Peyton Nolan and Jack Young will score at least 4 times between the two of them and look for the Nolan brothers to tear it up on defense, combining for 20 tackles and a couple of sacks. PICK: Braves 40-24
George Muha: I LOVE this matchup! You can expect a barn burner all the way. Although I do anticipate Christ and the Herd to make it difficult for the Braves, I just cannot see Peyton Nolan letting anyone beat him on his home turf. PICK: Newton 44-38
Owen:Herd 29-17

Montville (4-3) @ Jefferson (4-2)

Brian Kenney: Mohammed Gaber and Anthony Hurley will combine for 2 sacks and 20 tackles for the ‘Stangs in this game. However, I think at the end of the day the Falcons will pull this one out at home. Look for J-Town’s Michael Gould to run for 150 yards and two scores and for Rory Coyle and Tommy Young to combine for 3 sacks and 20 tackles as the Falcons’ defense seals the game in the waning minutes. PICK: Falcons 20-13
George Muha: I am seriously sad to say this will be Michael Gould’s last game for Jefferson. What a career! We are going to miss you bro. Although I feel Montville is the favorite here, I see the Falcon’s digging deep for 2-6. PICK: J-Town 34-30
Owen: Falcons 24-14

Cresskill (3-2) @ Butler (3-2)

Brian Kenney: Stopping Cresskill’s Kyle Henderson and Jeremy Connelly will prove too much for the Bulldogs in this one. That being said, it will still come down to the wire. Look for Chris Verrico and Joseph Conti to combine for 200 yards and 2 scores, but the Dogs fall just short. PICK: Cresskill 28-21
George Muha: I have to give a shoutout to Butler’s number one fan Bussy. Nobody loves his Bulldogs more than him and I see the Bulldogs giving their beloved man the dub on his home field. PICK: Butler 40-30
Owen: Panthers 23-22

Chatham (0-6) @ Roxbury (0-6)

Brian Kenney: The best news about this game is somebody is walking away with a W. The bad news, the other team won’t have one. This one is too close to call, I almost pulled an Owen and picked the better mascot. The Cougars are a solid mascot, although not sure why they use the “C” like the Chicago Bears. I’m a big fan of the Clemson paw print, they may want to rethink their helmets next year. As for the Gaels, I mean, I think there are better wind situations out there. The Hurricanes for one. With global warming we will probably get more of those in NJ as time goes on. The Tornadoes, pretty cool. Derechos, Typhoons, Wily-Wilies (yes, that’s a thing), there are lots of names. Gaels, I mean, it’s decent, but I’m not shaking in my boots from a gael. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. Where was I again? Oh, I think the Gaels win a barn burner. The wind makes a barn burn faster. PICK: Roxbury 14-10
George Muha: Don’t fret if you are a Roxbury or Chatham fan. I know it’s been a rough year but both teams have a lot of talented young players and I expect Revenge Tours by both teams next year. As for this one, someone’s got to win. I am putting my money on Roxbury fullback Bleon Meta. Not only does he have the absolutely dopest name but he wear’s #99 as a ball carrier. The kid has it all going on! PICK: Roxbury 30-23
Owen: Cougars 20-12

Randolph (6-0) @ Mount Olive (5-1)

Brian Kenney: This is going to be a heck of a game. Mt. Olive has a great home field (it’s my favorite stadium in Morris County) and it’s going to be a gorgeous night. Look for Justin Schmidt and Hunter Perez to combine for over 160 yards and a couple scores, while Dan “Bullseye” Barra nails two field goals, but in the end I think the Rams are too much for the Marauders to handle. Jimmy Pepe will run for over 150 yards with two scores while Tom Columbaris records over 15 tackles and has a huge pick six in the final minutes to ice it for the Rams. PICK: Rams 27-20
George Muha: This should be a fun one as both teams like to score fast and score often. Mount Olive has the skill and ability to pull off the upset. But I think it’s unlikely as no team is hotter than the Rams. PICK: Randolph 44-23
Owen: Rams 24-20

Ridgewood (4-3) @ West Morris (6-1)

Brian Kenney: The best thing I like about Pack QB Trevor Hillier is that he can run, throw, and tackle. I like the tackling part the most. Kid had 12 of them last week to lead the team. Nothing better than a QB who just doesn’t take some hits, he doles them out. Look for the running game to do it’s thing as the Pack’s o-line leads the way for a combined 300 yards on the ground and a few scores. Felice Montella will record about 10 tackles and force a fumble for the Pack in this one as well. PICK: Pack 33-20
George Muha: Felice Montella had an outstanding game last week on both sides of the ball. That kid is a player. Kevin Finley was superb as well with that shoe string tackle which was definitely the WFAN turning point of the game. No way the Pack drops this one at home. PICK: Wolves 40-21
Owen:The Wolves 28-21

Morris Hills (4-1) @ Ramsey (6-0)

Brian Kenney: Ramsey is just tough this year. The Knights are playing really well, but I think the Rams (are they really the Ramsey Rams? I mean that’s like if Morris Hills’ mascot was Hills. Maybe not exactly, but whatever. Charlie Rex and Daunte White will follow their offensive line to combine for 200 yards and 2 scores, while White has a bunch of tackles on defense as well, but in the end I think the Rams pull one out at home. PICK: Ramsey 41-35
George Muha: I love that the Knights get a chance to see what they are made of against a great team. I honestly don’t know how any team can handle dealing with C-Rex up the middle with heavy doses of Awesome Joe, Daunte White and Josh Babe. PICK: Morris Hills 29-24
Owen:The Knights 40-33

Belvidere (2-3) @ High Point (2-4)

Brian Kenney: These teams have not played each other in a long time, if ever? Anyway, I see Cole Massar doing it on both sides of the ball again for the Wildcats in this one, running for at least one TD and creating havoc on defense, recording a bunch of tackles and forcing a turnover as the Wildcats beat the County Seaters. For the record, I love the County Seaters name, it’s fantastic. It’s the only reason Owen picked them to win. PICK: HP 14-7
George Muha: I remember the show Mr. Belvidere in the 1980s. I am sure that premise wouldn’t fly today – some fat butler giving advice to a washed up rich baseball player. But oddly it worked and was actually pretty good. You know what else is going to be good? High Point in the dub. PICK: ‘Cats 30-21
Owen: County Seaters 21-11

Par Hill (5-2) @ West Essex (4-0)

Brian Kenney: The Vikings are coming off a tough loss last week and I think that will motivate them to victory this week against a tough as nails West Essex squad. I don’t see the Vikes committing any turnovers this week. Look for Joey McClusick and Jordan Thompson to combine for 22 tackles and a forced turnover or two in this one. And one of the best things I saw last week was that stiff arm by Ty Sallie on his TD reception. To be fair, nothing was stopping him from pay dirt after that catch. PICK: Hills 27-20
George Muha: This is the sectional champion rematch from last year. I am sure the Black Knights want their revenge but I can’t see the Vikes dropping two in a row with the line up they have. PICK: Vikings 44-40
Owen: Vikings 41-21

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Morristown-Beard (3-0) @ Montclair Kimberley (4-2)

Brian Kenney: James Marinello and his brother Dante are quite the crew for the Beard. The last time these teams played a few weeks ago, it was James who carried the load. This week it will be evenly shared, but I think the result is the same, a Beard victory. PICK: The Beards 34-27
George Muha: I am doubling down on Major Jones having a 200-yard all purpose game with two touchdowns minimum in the win.  Expect a big performance fantasy owners.  PICK: Beards 30-20
Owen: Wildcats 30-23

Kittatinny (3-4) @ Whippany Park (1-4)

Brian Kenney: I’m curious if a cougar fought a wildcat who would win. I mean, aren’t they the same thing at the end of the day? Cougars are wildcats. It’s like Panthers, Mountain Lions, Cougars, they are all the same. Something you don’t want to see when you are hiking, that’s for sure. But they are all wildcats. I’m really losing my mind writing this stuff at midnight when George wanted these picks at like 10 pm. Meanwhile I still have to walk my dog, and it’s cold out. I hope there are no wildcats on the prowl. Anyway, I digress, Tyler Sweatt runs for a buck fifty and three scores in this one as Kits win a close one. PICK: Kittatinny 28-21
George Muha: Whippany has shown a lot of guts this year and next year this will be a much different team. But I see Tyler Sweatt and company to make sure the Cougs finish .500 on the year. PICK: Kittatinny 30-21
Owen: Wildcats 21-17

Bergen Catholic (4-1) @ Delbarton (6-0)

Brian Kenney:Delbarton is having themselves a season. They are the real deal. Usually I pick BC in this matchup, but I’m going for the Green Wave this year. Cole Freeman has really come into his own this season, and he will have another great game running and throwing the ball this week, accounting for 3 scores. Matt Gemma will record a baker’s dozen worth of tackles and force a fumble for Delbarton as well. PICK: Delby 27-24
George Muha: I am so proud of my Green Wave for their amazing performance this year. I know the Bergen Catholic faithful think there is no way their Crusaders will lose to Delby. That is why it is going to be even sweeter when they do. PICK: Green Wave 40-30
Owen: Green Wave 25-15

Pope John (2-4) @ Paramus Catholic (0-5)

Brian Kenney: PC is no slouch despite being 0-5 this year. The Lions will have their hands full, but I think their offense puts enough points on the board to get the job done, and the defense will take care of the rest. Look for Trace Healy and Chris Idieu to combine for 20 tackles and force two turnovers as the Lions escape with a victory in this one. PICK: PJ 14-10
George Muha: Peter Delaportas will finish his junior with a bang as his Johnnies will rush for at least 200-yards and throw for another 150-yards in a convincing win. PICK: Pope John 30-12
Owen: Paramus Catholic 22-14

How We Picked Them Last Week

Brian Kenney 10-6 (62.50%)
George Muha 11-5 (68.75%)
Owen 8-8 (50.00%)

How We’ve Been Predicting So Far

Brian Kenney 101-30 (77.09%)
George Muha 97-34 (74.04%)
Owen 60-48 (55.55%)

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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