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2021 Week 4 Football Predictions

By George Muha, 09/23/21, 3:45PM EDT


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Friday Night Lights


Butler (1-2) @ Wallington (2-0)

Brian Kenney:  Butler is limping into this game, having been shut out the last two weeks.  The Wallington Panthers (I think) have scored over 140 points in three games.  On paper, you have to pick the Wall Cats, but I think Butler will make it tough for them.  Look for Gavin Huber and Josh Emann to combine for 30 tackles for the Bulldogs in a close one.  PICK: Wall Cats 34-24
George Muha:  Josh Emann has been lights out defensive wise for the Bulldogs and I expect him to put a kibosh on any kind of losing streak.  PICK:  Butler 30-23

Vernon (2-1) @ Kittatinny (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  The Kits are rolling with the help of Luke Brex, who is a beast on both sides of the ball (last week he had a bunch of tackles at LB while running for a buck twenty four and a score on the ground).  That being said, the Vikes are no slouch, and expect another John Rigginsesq’ performance by Gage Moskovitz in this one, rushing for over a buck eighty with two scores in this barn burner.  PICK: Kitts 28-24
George Muha: The next kid I have I am literally going to name Gage Moskovitz.  Not just Gage but the full name Gage Moskovitz in its entirety for two reasons; 1) it’s probably the coolest name ever and 2) the kid can play.  But Kittatinny has been hot all season long and I don’t see them cooling down any time soon, especially not in front of their lone Friday Night Lights home game.  Look for the Cougar’s Luke Brex and Trent Molfetto to move them to 4-0.  PICK:  Cougars 32-28

Whippany Park (1-1) @ Kinnelon (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  The Wildcats have a chance to go 2-1 for the first time in a while.  The Colts are looking to get in the win column.  It should be a good one Friday night.  Look for Aiden Melian to record 10 tackles and a sack in this one for WP as they hold off a late surge by the Colts and win in the final minutes.  PICK: WP 17-14
George Muha:  I am totally on the Whippany Park bandwagon after last week’s near win over Boonton and their state leading rushing attack.  The ‘Cats showed they are believing in themselves and I see them getting stronger as the season gets longer.  Look for Matthew Bretz to rush for at least 100-yards and a TD while Teddy Ciamillo records 7 tackles and some kind of turnover in the win.  PICK:  Wildcats 40-21    

Morris Catholic (3-0) @ Verona (1-1)

Brian Kenney:  I don’t know if it is going to be raining Friday night during this game, but that could be the only reason there isn’t a combined 800 yards passing in this one.  Verona’s QB Cael Zebrowski has amazing downfield vision and the kid just likes to throw.  He’s fun to watch (for Hillbilly fans).  I know I mentioned this before, but what a weird name for Verona’s mascot.  I know they have a park, but it ain’t the country.  Anyway, this is another shootout, and I think between Dean Denobile and Max Ycaza, the Crusaders are going to rack up the points as well.  In the end it’s the last team that has the ball that will win, and that will be MC.  PICK: MC 41-40
George Muha:  This is going to be the biggest test yet for the Crusaders.  While the passing attack has looked stellar for MC, I think we’ll see a lot more of Max Ycaza and Matt Lahoe and the rushing attack as Coach Hack will be working to control the clock.  And why not, those to have been exceptional in the ground game.  I expect this one to be a battle but I think the Crusaders have far too many weapons to lose this one.  PICK:  MC 41-38

Mendham (0-3) @ Randolph (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  Sean Clark is a heck of a player, and he may be on the bench by the fourth quarter in this one, after throwing for 250 yards and 3 scores against the Minutemen before the hometown fans.  PICK: Rams 41-21
George Muha:  I love how Ryan Clark is lighting it up this year at QB...but I don’t love how I have to face him in my fantasy league this week.  I expect the stud to have another big week in coach Will Nahan’s high flying offense with receivers Ryan and Andrew Novak being on the other end of most of those passes.  PICK:  Rams 21-7

Morristown (1-2) @ West Morris (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  West Morris has had Morristown’s number the past 5 years, and I don’t see that changing this year.  Look for Noah Turner and Zackary “Take It to The” Byank to combine for 25 tackles and two sacks as the Pack’s defense shut down the Colonials for most of the game.  PICK: WMC 28-7
George Muha:  Wow, did West Morris play gutsy last week!  I don’t care if they lost, they went toe-to-toe with a stellar team in Northern Highlands.  Look for Player of the Year candidate Stefano Montella to continue to dominate on both sides of the ball as the ‘Pack gets back to their winning ways.  PICK:  WMC 32-10

Mount Olive (1-2) @ Wayne Valley (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  Mt. Olive is better than their record demonstrates, and they will even that record out this Friday.  Hunter Perez and Jake Clemente will run for over a hundred yards this week as well (they did last week too), while scoring two TDs each.  PICK: MO 35-26
George Muha:  I expect Mount Olive to get back to their winning ways after a two game skid.  Look for Hunter Perez and Sean Harris to record 15 tackles and a turnover between the two of them as they hold Valley to under 10-points.  PICK:  MO 24-7

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

Brian Kenney:  Nick Prater and Hunter Van Zant will again each break the century mark with a few touchdowns between them for the Boots.  Is the offensive line for the Boots a bunch of robots?  Because they just keep blocking and pancaking people year after year.  PICK: Boots 40-24

George Muha:  Boonton is a tough place to play at home.  Even though they are a Group 1 school, their student section can really bring it.  Nick Scaltro will have 8 tackles and the Nate Prater / Hunter Van Zant combo will tally over 300-yards in a Friday Night Lights victory!  PICK:  Boots 35-19

Parsippany Hills (1-2) @ Sparta (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  I can say now I knew Par Hills would start warming up, or maybe it’s because I picked them to lose and I don’t often do that.  Who knows, but they are riding some serious momentum going into Spartan territory.  Justin Smith is now a weapon for Sparta, and he and Spartan QB Austen Frattura will put up some decent offensive numbers against the Vikings on Friday Night.  The Vikings will hang in this game until the very end, with Dom Verducci throwing for 150 yards and rushing for the same while scoring a few TDs in the process.  I think Sparta pulls this one out in the final minute though.  PICK: Sparta 34-30 
George Muha:  Talk about rewarding fantasy owners!  Dom Verducci went off last week for 6 touchdowns as he willed his Vikings a win over MoHills.  Par Hills will need a similar performance against the Spartans.  I guarantee this is going to be an instant classic.  But after a two-game skid to start the season, I just don’t see Sparta QB Austen Fratura losing any time soon.  PICK:  Sparta 30-28

Hackettstown (0-3) @ High Point (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  The Talented Mr. Ripley (his friends call him Jonah) will rip it up for over 150 yards on the ground and 2 scores in this one for the Wildcats.  Meanwhile, the Tigers’ Jaiden Liferiedge will record a bunch of tackles and a sack on defense.  Look for Jackson Burke to also connect with Anthony “Doc” Edwards for H-Town as well, as they stay close the entire game but just fall a little short.  PICK: HP 27-22
George Muha:  H-Town has yet to see the win column but I predict that changes with a big road win.  Look for the Triple-B running attack of Matt Balser, Sam Burke and Jackson Burke to combine for over 200-yards in a spirited win!  PICK:  Tigers 28-24

Indian Hills (0-2) @ Dover (0-2)

Brian Kenney:  I think the Tigers will put up a valiant effort at home but in the end Luke Incognito breaks loose for a long run to put the game away for Indian Hills.  PICK: The Hills 14-7
George Muha:  In my very first varsity dunk as a Hanover Park sophomore in 1990, my coach put me in as a defensive end in the second quarter against a very good Dover team to see what I was made of.  Number 55 was the pulling guard and he hit me so hard he decleated me and I literally was peering out my ear-hole.  That’s a totally true story.  Expect the Tigers to get one in the win column this week in front of the Dover faithful!  PICK:  Tigers 30-24

Jefferson (1-2) @ Newton (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  Newton is off to another great start; look for their unbeaten streak to continue.  Thaylor Sibblies and Jack Young will do their thing, combining for over 400 yards of offense and 3 scores between them.  Jefferson will put up a decent fight, with Dale Jenkins and Colin Sabia combining for 20 tackles in the loss.  PICK: Newton 34-19
George Muha:  Oooh, I like this game.  J-town is a very good team that needs this win in a bad way.  But Newton’s Braden Nolan and company are literally playing on another plane than anyone else this season so I cannot see the Braves dropping this one in front of their home fans.  PICK:  Newton 34-29

Livingston (1-2) @ Roxbury (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  Coach Matsakis has brought some life to the Lancers, and they have played well to start the season.  Roxbury is looking for their first W, and while they leave it all on the field, I think that Livingston escapes with a close victory in this one.  That being said, I still see youngster Alex Maldonado record several tackles and pick off a pass for the Gaels.  PICK: Livingston 21-17
George Muha:  Roxbury has taken their lumps this season but I envision the losing stops this weekend at home.  Anthony Skawinski will account for 150-yards of offense and at least a touchdown while Alex Maldonado does something special on defense (Pick-6, safety, etc).  PICK:  Gaels 35-21

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

Brian Kenney:  Caldwell is just always good.  They are like the Patriots of high school.  (Well, maybe not the Pats now).  Nick DePietro, as usual, will leave it all on the field in this one.  He will score twice and record a dozen tackles and one INT as the Redhawks fight but end up losing a tough one.  PICK: Caldwell 34-21 
George Muha:  Caldwell has been beating up on Morris-Sussex teams the last two weeks (Mountain Lakes and Madison) so it’d be great to have the Redhawks avenge our area teams.  The Campbell Pivnick-to-Nick Depietro passing attack is a legitimate thing and the Chief’s will have a hard time stopping it.  But I think Caldwell edges past Par High.  PICK: Caldwell 32-28

Sussex Tech (1-2) @ Lenape Valley (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  The Valley looked like two different teams between Verona and Mountain Lakes, but the Verona team will have to show up if they want to beat the ‘Stangs.  Jack LaVere dominated for the Patriots in the Verona game, and the Valley will need some of that hillbilly magic to beat a tough Techie squad.  Look for Levere and Perez to find the promised land a total of 3 times in this one.  PICK: LV 33-25
George Muha:  Jack LaVere and Eric Perez right their ship after last week’s loss against Mountain Lakes.  Sussex Tech’s Gruber will be a mouthful but look for the Pats to pull ahead in the 4th quarter.  PICK:  Pats 34-30

Saturday Afternoon Delights


Cedar Grove (3-0) @ Pequannock (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  The Grove is usually good, this year is no exception.  The Golden Panthers are coming off a great win against High Point so they are ready for a challenge.  That being said, the Golden Panthers will stay in this game until the Grove’s Patch “Adams” McCarthy and Mike Marinelli bust loose a couple of runs for scores and break it open.  PICK: The Grove 41-23
George Muha:  Pequannock has their hands full this week but they are riding the momentum of last week’s win over High Point.  Cedar Grove wins this one but the Panthers make them earn it as David Rigoglioso will account for at least 250-yards through the air.  PICK:  CG 30-24

Morristown-Beard (0-1) @ Long Island Lutheran (2-0)    

Brian Kenney:  I have to say, my predictions are off this year.  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe it’s because I have to figure out if Long Island Lutheran is as good as their 2-0 record indicates.  I have no clue, bro.  How is the Beard?  Well, they had a tough game against Pingry last week, but I think they will play LIL tough, maybe because they will be annoyed at the traffic out there on the Island.  I used to go to my Aunt’s house in Long Island for Thanksgiving. I think I could have ridden my bike there faster than driving because there was so much traffic.  I have since boycotted Long Island, for the record.  PICK: LIL 21-14
George Muha:  The Crimson have waited way too long to play their second game of the season.  I see James Marinello scoring through the air and on the ground in a convincing road win.  PICK:  MBS 33-20

Hanover Park (1-1) @ Newark Central (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  HP’s offense is fun as heck to watch.  Between the Mikey Brothers,  (Filippone and Borello), and Brett Behre (who last week had 5 catches for 110 yards with 2 TD AND ran back a kickoff for TD), the Hornets can score points on anyone.  Also look for Borello to connect with Chris Smith for at least one score in this one.  The defense will rebound this week, with Jack Massarano and Lou Siciliano combining for 20 tackles and a couple sacks, while Paul “Cos” Cosentino, a fantastic open field tackles, wraps up ten Blue Devils and breaks up a couple passes as well.  PICK:  HP 42-13
George Muha:  Behre and Filippone blow off some steam after a tough loss to Verona last week.  Look for HP’s defense to come alive and keep NC to under two touchdowns.  PICK:  Hornets 35-10

Hopkins School (0-1) @ Wallkill Valley (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  I don’t know much about the Hopkins School, but I know the Valley is about to hit their stride going forward.  The Valley’s Chase Lorencovitz is like Christian McCafferty, and he will find the endzone at least twice, one in the air and once rushing, in a big win for LV.  PICK: LV 44-17
George Muha:  Ranger fans will be in for a treat as the Dylan Bonser-to-Chase Lorencovitz aerial attack continues to rack up the yards.  Look for the duo to account for at least 125-yards and 2 TDs in a win in front of the home fans.  PICK:  WV 40-21

Mountain Lakes (1-1) @ Madison (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  Madison could easily be 2-1, but here they are at 0-3, and they are hungry for a win.  I think that is a tall order against the Herd, but it is possible, especially at home.  Brayton Boyer will do his thing for the Dodgers, throwing for over 150 yards while running for another 75, finding the endzone at least once.  Mountain Lakes will get some good yards out of Nico Dunn and Justin Hernando on the ground, while the Herd barely squeaks out a victory on the road.  PICK: Herd 28-20
George Muha:  I really liked Mountain Lakes up-tempo offense last week!  But Madison is so tricky at home and despite their 0-3 record, I like the way they match up against the Herd.  I am picking Lakes but Madison won’t make it easy.  PICK:  Herd 33-30

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

Brian Kenney:  The Hills have a ton of talent, so I was surprised at the score of last week’s Par Hills game, but Par Hills has been like a sleeping giant that finally woke up, so I guess it’s not that shocking.  Either way, the Hills always bring it for this rivalry.  Anthony Macera reminded me of a young Adrian Peterson last week, running for over 100 yards while catching six passes for over 150 yards.  The guy was unreal.  He and David Turner will combine for almost 250 yards of offense and three scores in this one in the upset of Morris Knolls.  Knolls’ Ryan Wong will run for a buck twenty and two scores in a close one.  PICK: Hills 27-21
George Muha:  You know the fans will be in full effect on both sides for this game.  The energy will be electric.  But I predict another week of the Nicky Taverone Show as Knolls advances to 4-0 on the season. 

Montville (3-0) @ Chatham (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  Get your popcorn boys and girls!!! This is clearly the game of the week! Both of these squads continue to impress, and it’s a shame somebody is walking out with an L, but that’s life.  Jax Ulbrich had himself a game last week, rushing 21 times for over 160 yards and 3 TDs.  He will run for another 100 this week and at least one score.  Josh Allison and Luke Ehler will lead the charge for the Cougars on defense, recording a bunch of tackles and a couple tackles for loss.  Meanwhile Triston Perez and Brian McGrath will hit paydirt for Montville.  I think this game lives up to all the hype.  PICK: Montville 27-24
George Muha:  Who knew in the preseason that this would be the Game of the Week in Week 4.  I would not be surprised if this one goes to OT but I think Chatham’s first-year phenom Jax Ulbrich will rush for 150-yards and at least a TD, and sack master Emmett Hynes to account for 10 tackles (several for loss) to edge past the Mustangs.  PICK:  Chatham 34-30

St. Joe's Montvale (1-2) @ Pope John (1-3)

Brian Kenney:  Pope John dominated PC, but got beat up pretty bad by everyone else they played.  I think this game will be somewhat evenly matched, despite that previous fact.  Look for Zac Cusick and Tyler Houser to find the endzone once each for the Lions, but I think St. Joe’s proves too much for them.  PICK: SJ 24-20
George Muha:  Zac Cusick and Brycen Mafaro jump start the Pope John offense to give the Johnnies a much needed victory at home.  PICK:  PJ 24-14

Paramus Catholic (0-4) @ Delbarton (2-1)

Brian Kenney:   PC is having a rough season, and unfortunately the Green Wave isn’t going to make it any better.  The Green Wave will strike first and often, and their defense, led this week by Dallas “Cowboy” Hurley and Matt Gemma will combine for 25 tackles and a few sacks as Delby wins big.  PICK: Delbarton 44-14
George Muha:  Zac Cusick, Dallas Hurley, Matt Gemma and Patrick Caughey will be a defensive brickwall and I don’t see PC getting much going against them.  Look for the Wave to get back to their winning ways after a tough loss against BC last week.  PICK:  Delby 35-0

How We Predicted them Last Week

Brian Kenney:  14-7 (66.66%)
George Muha:  14-7 (66.66%)
Fans:  15-6 (71.42%)
Owen:  1-1 (50.00%)

How We are Predicting them Games on the Season

Brian Kenney:  39-24 (61.90%)
George Muha:  38-25 (60.31%)
Fans:  41-22 (65.07%)
Owen:  3-2 (60.00%)

Fan Voted Predictions