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2021 Week 2 Football Predictions

By George Muha, 09/09/21, 9:30PM EDT


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Friday Night Lights


Kinnelon (0-1) @ Boonton (0-0)

Brian Kenney: Kinnelon had a tough game last week and this week is no better, as the Bombs are stacked as usual.  Justin Tilton will keep doing his thing, recording 20 tackles in a close game for the Colts.  But I think Hunter “Gus” VanZant and John Rigas will each find the endzone at least one a piece in this one for Das Boots in their win.  PICK: Das Boots 27-14
George Muha:  If I were Boonton’s Coach Gallagher I would be seriously nervous facing Kinnelon QB Aidan Duffy.  The four-year starter can kill you with his arm and his legs so keep him in check.  But you cannot bet against record breaking rusher Hunter “Little Steven” Van Zant especially after a week when his first game got cancelled.  Expect a monster performance from the senior in front of his home fans.  PICK:  Boots 35-14

Mountain Lakes (0-0) @ Caldwell (0-0)

Brian Kenney:  These two teams have not played since 2017, where the Chiefs won easily (as they did the year before that, after losing three years in a row to the Herd).  Both teams have re-tooled, lost great players, and gained new ones.  Caldwell is always tough at home, and while they miss graduated senior and team leader Jeff LaQuaglia, other players will step up and find the endzone for the Chiefs in a close one.  PICK: Caldwell 28-20
George Muha:  I like the vibe coming out of Mountain Lakes camp this summer so I expect this one to be close with Caldwell not having much of an answer for 6-5 receiver Ryan McLaughlin.  But I think the Chief’s and their veteran leadership end with the dub in front of their home fans.  PICK:  Caldwell 24-21

Dumont (0-0) @ Dover (0-0)

Brian Kenney:  What happens when two tigers fight?  We are going to find out this Friday.  Dover is always tough at home, and while these two squads are still rebuilding, there will be a lot of good football played under the lights in Dover this Friday.  Look for Noah Bradley to score at least once in this one for Dover.  PICK: Dover Tigers 13-10
George Muha:  Fun fact, Coach Hartman was a player for Dover during my first few years as a sports writer.  He was a phenomenal competitor and always had a fire in his eyes that I respected.  He’s bringing that same drive as a coach and I expect him and his Tigers to deliver his fans an opening day victory.  PICK:  Tigers 40-29

Sussex Tech (0-1) @ Hackettstown (0-1)

Brian Kenney:  Tough opening week but one of these squads will right the ship this Friday.  I think Brian Gruber records a baker’s dozen worth of tackles for the ‘Stangs, but in the end Sam Burke will run for a buck thirty and three scores for the Tigers in their win.   PICK: H-Town 35-19 
George Muha:  Brian Gruber was all over the place on defense for the Techies last week.  I expect the tackling machine to be the difference in a road win for Sussex Tech.  PICK:  ‘Stangs 21-14

Parsippany (1-0) @ Hanover Park (0-0)

Brian Kenney:  I don’t think I have ever seen a game cancelled because of flooding, but alas, here we are in a climate crisis.  While the rivers were rising last week in East Hanover, Parsippany was dispatching H-Town 24-13.  The Hornets will have to stop Redhawks’ QB Campbell Pivnick, who accounted for almost 300 yards and three scores in the Redhawks win.  I think the Hornets are up the task.  They are like a bunch of caged animals after having the week off last week, and it will show when Mikey Filippone scores on both sides of the ball while Dom Madera and Paul Cosentino add another pick each along with a bunch of tackles on the defensive side of the ball.  Look for Mikey Borrello to throw for a score and run for another to seal the win for the Hornets.  PICK: HP 34-20
George Muha:  Par High is coming off a huge win where senior receiver Nick Depietro lit it up with 135-yards and two touchdowns.  He’ll surely give the Hornets headaches but rumor has it that Hornet runningback Mike Filippone was inconsolable after his Week 1 game got cancelled due to flooding of all things.  Look for #22 to reward fantasy owners by having at least two hundred yards of total offense and either a defensive or special teams score.  PICK:  Hornets 40-19

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

Brian Kenney:  This is going to be a fun one.  High Point depends on Jonah “The Rip” Ripley, who had almost 40 carries for a buck fifty and 2 scores last week.  He will be a workhorse again for the Wildcats, but the Kits will be focusing on him.  I think when the dust settles, Ryan Connelly and Luke Brex will find the promised land for Kittatinny and they will escape with the W.  PICK: Kitts 20-17
George Muha:  This is going to be an awesome game to watch and say it has a 90% probability that it will go to OT.  I predict nosetackle David Michelman comes up clutch with a sack late in the game that will end up being the difference.  PICK:  Kittatinny 24-21

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

Brian Kenney:  The Chiefs will be looking for a bounceback win but NW won’t make it easy.  Da ‘Cong’s James Kirchner will be all over the field with Mkie Mastroeni, combining for 30 tackles in this one and at least one forced turnover, leading the charge before the hometown crowd in  W.  PICK: Hopatcong 19-17
George Muha:  I predict the much improved North Warren Patriots begin a winning streak starting this week.  Look for lineman Jason “The Warewolf” Wohlers to have at least two pancake blocks and 8 tackles in the road victory for the Pats.  PICK:  NWR 34-21

Verona (0-0) @ Lenape Valley (0-1)

Brian Kenney:  The problem with every team that plays Verona, how the heck do you stop Cael Zebrowski?  Throw the kitchen sink at him, and Verona will find another way to score.  The Pats can and do find ways to win, and they will leave it all on the field this week, but I think Verona escapes the Valley with a hard-fought win this week.  PICK: Verona 21-17
George Muha:  Lenape Valley is looking to avenge their 2019 state sectional championship loss to the Hillbillies and they’d like nothing to do it in front of their home fans.  But that’ll be easier said than done but they’ll make a valiant effort in a well played game.  PICK:  Verona 35-28

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

Brian Kenney:  Mendham showed some grit in a tough one against J-Town last week, and look for Joey Alexion for run for a hundred and two scores in this one.  That being said, I think Josh “I got you” Babe scores at least twice on the ground and records a dozen tackles, while David Turner again does this thing scoring once while running for over one hundred yards, and recording two sacks on defense, as the Knights bounce back with a big W on the road.  PICK: Hills 21-14
George Muha:  I truly feel like Morris Hills is one of the areas best teams and they’ll be looking to blow off a lot of steam from last week’s loss to Montville.  But I just have this funny feeling that QB Frank “The Tank” Kontely and stud athlete Thomas Post want to deliver new head coach Ethan Jaros his first win in front of the Mendham Faithful.  Look for Quinn Kontely to seal the deal with some kind of big defensive play (INT, fumble, blocked kick, etc).  PICK:  Mendham 35-34

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

Brian Kenney:  How about the ‘Stangs with the big win last week?  They are looking to continue that momentum this week as well against an always dangerous Par Hills squad.  Par Hills lost to the River Dell in a close one last week, but they are still good, they are always good.  Dominick Verducci is on another level, running and throwing for over 300 yards while scoring three TDs on the ground.  He will continue that trend, while Tyler Arnold locks it down on defense for the Vikes.  That being said, look for Triston Perez to do his thing, running and throwing for scores and racking up the fantasy points at QB for Montville.  Zack Waltsak will make 20 tackles including two big sacks for the ‘Stangs as well.  This is a toss up, but I think Par Hills pulls this one out.  PICK: PH 35-34
George Muha:  Montville showed a ton of heart in Week 1 and Tristan Perez has playing like it’s a contract year.  It’s always hard to bet against coach Dave “Captain Lou” Albano and whenever there is a Verducci on the roster.  But this Mustang team just feels different.  PICK:  Montville 33-29

Morris Knolls (1-0) @ Mount Olive (1-0)

Brian Kenney:  Italian brothers Dom and Joey DelleMonache sure can run the ball for Knolls.  Look for that to continue this week, as they combine for two scores and over a buck forty in rushing.  That being said, the Marauders are making a run for State and not stopping anytime soon.  Mount Olive’s defense literally won them the game last week, and it is going to bend but not break this week.  Look for Hunter Perez, Anthony Moscatello, and Sean Harris to combine for 40 tackles and a couple of sacks in this one for Mt. Olive.  PICK: MO 24-17
George Muha:  I am super proud of my old Hanover Park teammate and current MO coach Brian O’Connor.  The vibe in Marauder Nation is insane and beating a top team in the state like they did last week was awesome!  I do think Nick Tavarone and the Morris Knolls Golden Eagles are going to be a mouthful but I see Hunter Perez and company getting the dub in front of their home fans.  PICK:  Marauders 24-21

Vernon (1-0) @ Newton (1-0)

Brian Kenney:  The Braves are riding high after beating a good Sparta team, but the Vikes have a ton of momentum coming into enemy territory this week as well.  Viking Derek Lazier got the job done last week at QB, and will account for over 200 yards on offense this week as well.  Jack Young didn’t do much in the air last week, doing most of the damage with his feet.  I think that will change this week, as he throw for over 200 yards and three scores in this one.  Look for Pasquale “Don’t Mess with the Fess” Festa to be all over the field, making 15 tackles and forcing at least one turnover for the Braves.  PICK: Braves 24-19
George Muha:  I don’t want to brag but I told you Vernon is good this season!  I am not at all surprised by the Vikings Week 1 dub and I won’t be at all shocked if they go 8-1 this season.  Unfortunately, that 1 will be coming this week.  When it comes to Newton, I don’t even know what to say anymore.  I don’t even know who coach Matt Parzero is anymore.  PICK:  Newton 39-30

Pequannock (0-1) @ Whippany Park (0-0)

Brian Kenney:  Copper Dimmick looks to have at least 8 tackles and a sack for the Wildcats, while Hunter Morganroth will throw for 1 TD and run for another.  The Golden Panthers will be looking to bounce back after a tough one against Morris Catholic last week.  I’m going with the mild upset and picking WP to start off the season 1-0.  PICK: WP 14-10
George Muha:  Pequannock happens to be loaded with weapons like 6-4 speedy receiver Big Bad Colin Brath.  The Wildcats will need to account for the senior stud on every play but I’ve been hyping up this senior Whippany Park team since they were freshman too much to not pick them in their opening debut.  Quarterback Hunter Morgenroth has literally studied every aspect of the Panthers defensive game film and he’s determined to give his home fans a victory on Opening Day.  PICK:  ‘Cats 35-30

Randolph (0-1) @ Roxbury (0-1)

Brian Kenney:  Roxbury is going to play better in this one, and look for Matthew Rattay to score at least once on the ground for the Gaels.  Meanwhile, the Rams are looking to bounce back and will likely do so this week.  Aidan Matheney will run for two scores while Patrick Gilchrist racks up a couple of sacks for Randolph.  PICK: Rams 21-14
George Muha:  Roxbury very much impressed me last week despite their loss.  They are much improved from last season and they will be getting wins this season.  I won’t be surprised if the first one comes this week but I think the Rams will eke out the dub.  PICK:  Randolph 24-21

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

Brian Kenney:  West Morris rolled last week, while Sparta fought in a fantastic game against Newton.  This is going to be a heck of a game.  The Spartans are going to have to find out a way to stop Stefano Montella and Ran Brady on offense, but … how about the Wolfpack defense??  Their tackling is out of control, they are like a young Seattle squad, hawk tackling all over the place.  Montella, Hames Panico, Hilier, Byank, Turner and Brady all racking up huge tackle numbers.  Sparta is going to have their hands full.  That being said, “We Are Sparta!”  Look for Austen Frattura to have a bounceback game here, accounting for over 200 yards offense and three scores.  In the end I think the Pack wins a very close one.  PICK: WMC 33-30
George Muha:  Say hello to your Game of the Week!  Sparta is going to be coming into this game like a caged animal after last week’s loss to Newton.  But WMC in a home opening game is very difficult to beat.  I expect both fan sections to be in full effect.  Sam Esposito looked amazing carrying the ball last week for the Spartans so I expect him to be a mouthful for the Wolves.  But Vinny Desiderio, Stefano Montella and Brian Brady are ridiculous playmakers (see Roxbury game).  PICK:  Wolves 35-28

Saturday Afternoon Delights


Butler (1-0) @ Pompton Lakes (0-0)

Brian Kenney:  The Bulldogs put on a clinic last week and looks to continue their momentum in this one.  Bobby “Boucher” Battipede will look to continue his fantastic start on the offensive side the ball, accounting for over 300 yards and 4 scores in this one for Butler.  Chris “Torts” Tortola records another sack and five other tackles for the ‘Dawgs as well.  PICK: Bulter 34-20
George Muha:  Chris Tortola “Chips” is going to have another monster defensive day for the Dawgs.  Look for Butler to win against their long time foe on the road.  PICK:  Butts 30-21

Jefferson (1-0) @ Chatham (1-0)

Brian Kenney:  How about Chatham starting the season off a big W! They face a tough Falcon team who dominated Mendham last week.  Look for Erik Garv to throw for at least two hundred and a couple of scores while scampering for a third.  Rory “The Snake” Coyle will wrap up several Cougars on his way to ten tackles. Luke Ehler records 15 tackles for Chatham in the loss.  PICK: J-Town 27-17
George Muha:  Ooh, this is going to be a great one!  Erik Garv looked like the seasoned vet he is in last week’s victory over Mendham.  And Chatham looked like they turned the page from last season’s losing record in a big way with their huge win over Orange.  Look for the Cougars to have Jtown on their heels but I see the Falcons pulling out the dub.  PICK:  Jtown 34-32

Morris Catholic (1-0) @ Madison (0-1)

Brian Kenney:  Madison’s Jon DeSimone will find the endzone this week for the Dodgers.  That being said, Max “Von” Caza will rip off a  buck twenty on the ground for the Crusaders, who are hitting their stride early in this one.   Zach Thomas picks one deep in Crusader territory to seal the W for MC in this one.  PICK: MC 24-21
George Muha:  Madison is always a tricky foe and I would hate game planning against coach Chris Kubik.  He’s always executing these creative plays with the game on the line.  Despite MC’s firepower, I think Kubik and company keeping the Crusaders in check.  But I still see Morris Catholic pulling out the victory.  PICK:  MC 34-28

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

Brian Kenney:  Pope John will re-tool in this one, after suffering two lopsided losses the first two weeks of the season.  Both of these teams are better than their record indicates.  The good news is somebody is walking away with a W here.  Terrance Sumter runs for almost a 100 yards and a score in this one, but I think PC prevails.  PICK: PC 34-24
George Muha:  Zak Cusick is going to do his best to get his Johnnies a dub.  But Paramus won’t make that easy.  I expect Pope John to make this one closer than the first two games but PC will get the dub.  PICK:  Paramus Catholic 34-23

Morristown (0-1) @ Xaverian - Brooklyn, NY (0-0)

Brian Kenney:  Morristown is traveling out of State for this one.  It should be interesting.  Look for Ibn Mason to find the endzone at least one for the Colonials, while Will Galligan records a bunch of tackles and a sack while Motown escapes from NY with a win.  PICK: Motown 20-14
George Muha:  Coach John Power and his Colonials are hungry for a win and I predict they get it when they play the Brooklyn Prep school.  Look for 4 different players to score for Motown.  Which ones?  We will see!  PICK:  30-21

Morristown-Beard (0-0) @ Pingry (1-0)

Brian Kenney:  The Baum brothers, Will and Pierson, will rip it up on defense for the Red in this one.  Meanwhile James Marinello will account for over 200 yards of offense and three scores will Mo Board starts the season off with W.  PICK: MB 27-16
George Muha:  Pingry is looking to start the season 2-0 but MoBeards James Marinello has other ideas. Look for the gun slinger to throw for 3 TDs and run for another one in the road victory.  PICK:  MBS 28-24

Monday Night Football


Wallkill Valley (1-0) @ Cedar Grove (1-0) 

Brian Kenney:  Cedar Grove is always good, and their offense always puts on a show.  I think the Ranger will be able to keep up with the Grove, but it’s tough to beat the Panthers at home.  Chase Lorencovitz will record 10 tackles for the Valley while Dylan Bonser accounts for almost 250 yards of offense and two scores, but in the end I think the Grove outlasts them.  PICK: Cedar Grove 37-34
George Muha:  What’s with this Monday Night game all about?  Is this game being broadcasted by Howard Cosell?  Sadly, I know there are parents out there that won’t get that reference…which is depressing how old I’m getting.  Just so you know, Cedar Grove is loaded and they won’t lose much this season – especially at home.  But I absolutely LOVE Wallkill in this game.  First off, NOBODY will be picking the Rangers to win because in their eyes they are this small little school tucked away in Sussex County.  But this team has the talent to win this game.  However the reason I am picking them to win is because of their toughness.  I guarantee a few handoffs up the middle by Shane Nugent and the Grover’s will know the Rangers are for real.  Plus, coach Bobby Leach lives for games like this.  Sit back and enjoy the ride on this one fan – but count on the black and white to leave CG black and blue.  PICK:  Rangers 44-40

How We Picked Them Last Week

Brian Kenney:  11-9
George Muha:  10-9
Fan Votes:  11-8
Owen:  0-1