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2021 Week 5 Football Predictions

By Christie Smith, 09/30/21, 1:15PM EDT


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Friday Night Lights


Dover (0-3) @ Pascack Hills (1-3) 

Brian Kenney:  Dover played well last week and almost beat Indian Hills.  Here they face another Hills team they have a chance to beat.  I think Coach Hartman and the Tigers will leave it all on the field, but they will fall just short.  PICK: Hills 14-13
George Muha:  Hang in there Dover fans, the tide will change soon enough.  Might not be this week but dubs will be coming soon!  PICK:  PH 22-7

Pequannock (1-3) @ Kinnelon (0-4)

Brian Kenney: These teams are putting in the work this season but it hasn’t translated to Ws yet for the most part. But make no mistake, these kids are working their tails off every week in practice. This one is really too close to call. I will have to go with home field advantage and pick the Colts, as Alex Relovsky will find paydirt in the final minutes to tip the scale in Kinnelon’s favor. PICK: Colts 21-13
George Muha:  In the preseason, my friend told me that Pequannock QB Dave Rigoglioso was high on his list for QBs to watch!  He's certainly got all the tools and after a brief stint on the IR, look for him to show his magic touch in the Panther's big rivalry game.  PICK:  Quan 24-12

Wood-Ridge (2-2) @ Butler (1-3)

Brian Kenney:  It boggles my mind that the Bulldogs have been shut out in three straight games.  I don’t know what to say.  Wood-Ridge has been up and down, but there is no question they are the favorite here.  That being said, I’m going to go for the home team and upset, and pick the Bulldogs to win.  Look for Bobby Battipede to throw for a score and run for another in a close one.  PICK: Butler 21-14
George Muha:  The Dawgs have been trying to find their mojo this season.  I do think they’ll start clicking, just not this week. PICK:  Wood-Ridge 34-20

Madison (0-4) @ Hoboken (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  Madison has been in most of their games this season, (except for the Caldwell game) and they face a tough Hoboken team on the road.  I think this will be a close one, with the Dodgers’ Robert Ferris finding the endzone at least once, and Brayton Boyer accounting for over 200 yards on offense.  PICK: Madison 30-21
George Muha:  Madison is the best 0-4 team in North Jersey.  Hoboken will find out exactly what I’m talking about.  Dom DeVincenzo and Stephen Heffernan will combine for 12 tackles, two or three sacks and a turnover to give Madiston it’s first win of the season.  PICK:  Dodgers 24-21

Randolph (3-1) @ West Morris (3-1)

Brian Kenney:  Get your popcorn out for this one!!!  Last year the Rams beat up on the Pack, and West Morris doesn’t forget that.  Both of these teams can play defense and score points, but I think both defenses will really step up in this one.  The Pack’s Noah Turner and Stefano Montella are going to do some damage early, and their defense will have to hold off the Rams’ late comeback charge led by Sean Clark, Aidan Matheny and Andrew Novak.  I think in the end the Pack escapes by a point to win a huge game at home.  PICK: 21-20
George Muha:  Ya gotta love this matchup between these two heavy weights!  Definitely key in on the battle in the trenches because this will be a war of linemen.  Randolph’s big bad Pat Gilchrist, Darian Ghahary and company take on  Bryce Cope, Henry Frayne, Will Groeling, Nick Muha and Collin Leonhardt in what will surely be a clash of the titans!  I’m tipping Vegas to lean in on WMC but not by much.  PICK:  Wolves 35-33

Roxbury (1-3) @ Millburn (2-2)

Brian Kenney:  This one is a tough one, but I think I’m going with the Gaels.  They have some momentum after a nice win last week, and I think Anthony Skawinski will throw for over a buck fifty hitting several different receivers, including Alex Maldonado, Colin Richter and Ashton Sanchez.  Not to mention the Gaels’ QB will run for another hundge and at least one score.  PICK: ‘Bury 30-24
George Muha:  How’d you like me predicting Roxbury over Livingston last week?  Get used to this feeling Gaels fans because things are clicking and the tide is changing!  Just look at the skyrocketing sales of QB Anthony Skawinski’s #1 jersey.  PICK:  Gaels 38-24

Morris Catholic (3-1) @ Hanover Park (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  This is going to be a fun one.  I wonder what the over is?  My mother-in-law regaled me with stories of when she went to Morris Catholic (something like 200 years ago) and she was a cheerleader for the Crusaders’ FIRST football team.  A lot has changed since then, (including the inventions of indoor plumbing, paved roads, turf fields, etc), but Morris Catholic still plays good football after all these years. You can bet on the Crusaders scoring a lot of points with Dean “Double Down” Denobile at the helm, the kid is a pro. That being said, HP is loaded with offensive firepower as well.  This team can score at will with Dean “Double Down” Denobile at the helm, but I think that Hanover Park will answer the call.  Mikey Filippone only got to play one half last week while the Hornets routed Newark Central, but he is going to be a busy guy all game this week.  Look for the Mike Borrello to Chris Smith/Brett Behre connections to obtain at least one score each, while the Flash runs for close to 200 yards and three scores.  Meanwhile, the defensive line will apply some pressure and get to the Crusader QB at least 2-3 times in this one, with Vin Rispoli recording at least one of those sacks.  PICK: Hanover Park 42-27
George Muha:  I am literally setting the over/under at 112 for this game and I am doubling down on the over!  This game is very hard for me to predict for several reasons, the least being I’m a die hard Hornet alumni.  The main reason is this game features two of the most passionate players in Morris-Sussex in Morris Catholic’s Zach Thomas and HP’s Mike Filippone.  I expect a total slug fest but I’m giving the slight advantage to the hometown team.  PICK:  Hornets 62-61

Morris Hills (1-3) @ Jefferson (1-3)

Brian Kenney:  I had high hopes for both of these squads in the beginning of the season, but it ain’t over yet.  This is a big game for both teams.  J-Town’s Peter Delaportas is coming into his own and generating a lot of offense for the Falcons, and this will continue on Friday.  I see Justin Eisle and Travis Osterhout combining for 20 tackles and an interception on D for J-Town.  However, I think that the Hills are still alive and their offensive line will lead the way for 200 plus yards of rushing for the Knights, while Ian Aguilar records 10 tackles, a sack, and forces a fumble on D.  PICK: Hills 24-21
George Muha:  I honestly think the Liberty White Division in the Super Football Conference is pound for pound the toughest conference in the state.  And the coaching prowess at every team on this schedule is insane.  What’s more insane is that only once in coach Jerry Venturino’s first five seasons as Falcon’s head man did he have a losing record.  Yes, J-town is on a three game losing streak.  But look who they played (Newton, Sparta & an undefeated Chatham team).  So everyone chillax in Falcon Country and trust in your fearless leader.  You have a good team and a superb coach.  My prediction is a win for this game and I am putting money on the fact that this team is a playoff winning team.  Remember I said that come November.  PICK:  Jtown 34-22

Vernon (3-1) @ West Milford (1-3)

Brian Kenney:  Vernon is coming off a convincing win over Kittatinny last week, and that momentum is going to continue into this game.  Look for Gage Moskovitz to stay hot, running for over 100 yards and a couple of scores, while John Kowalski compliments him with 50 plus yards and another score for the Vikings.  PICK: Vikings 42-26
George Muha:  The next time I form a band I’m going to name it Steve Down & the Vikings.  The first song we make will be called “Milford loses in Week 5”.  I envision Connor Sensbach    does something special in the return game this week.  PICK:  Vernon 34-13

Cedar Grove (4-0) @ North Warren (1-3)

Brian Kenney: The Grove continues to roll.  North Warren will put up a fight, but I’m afraid this one will be over early in the second half.  Collin Price will account for a decent chunk of yardage and a score or two on offense while Sam Tirone records ten tackles and a sack for North Warren, but the Panthers prove too much in this one.  PICK: CG 41-14
George Muha:  I do think the Pats have some firepower to win games this season.  But that’ll have to wait after this one.  PICK:  CG 40.10

Chatham (4-0) @ Sparta (2-2)

Brian Kenney:  How about them Cougars?! They are off to a great start, and beating Montville was huge.  What a great win! Sparta, however, is Sparta.  And tough at home.  Look for Jax Ulbrich to run for a buck ten with two TDs for Chatham, while Emmett Hynes records another two sacks (to add to the 3 he got last week) on defense.  However, I am picking the upset here.  In the final minutes I see Austen Frattura hooking up with Luke Szabo on a 20-yard flag to Sparta up for good.  Look for Spartan Parker Williamson to have at least one sack on his way to 7 tackles on the night.  PICK: Sparta 27-21
George Muha:  Chatham has been my favorite star so far in the 2021 season!  I think they’ll definitely give the Spartans a run.  But I don’t see Austen Frattura dropping this one in front of his home crowd.  PICK:  Spartans 40-37

Delbarton (3-1) @ DePaul (3-1) 

Brian Kenney:  How often does the Green Wave play at night?  I have to say they are missing out, nothing beats Friday Night Lights!!!   DePaul is having a decent year and has beaten Delby the last two years in close games.  I think in 2021 Delbarton will take the game, but it will be another close one.  Robert Russo will hit Aidan Papantonis in the flat that he will take to the house, on top of his 120 yards rushing and another score on the ground.  PICK: Delby 20-14
George Muha:  Delbarton has the firepower to hang with the Big North Jersey Parochials and they prove it in this one.  Running Back Aidan Papantonis will rush for over 100-yards and receiver Dylan “Julian Edelman” Hakes will account for another 100-yards and at least one score as the Wave shows New Jersey that Morris-Sussex can play football too.  PICK:  Delby 24-20

Hopatcong (0-3) @ Whippany Park (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  Wow, WP’s Hunter Morgenroth had himself a game last week against Kinnelon.  I think that will continue against a ‘Cong team that is having a tough year.  That being said, the Chiefs can score, and will do so Friday night.  Mikey Mastroeni is a beast on both sides of the ball, and he will do his thing for the ‘Cong.  Austin Wrede will add another 10 tackles on defense as well.  However, at the end of the day the Tigers will outscore the Chiefs in a hard-fought game by both sides.  PICK: WP 41-38
George Muha:  How ‘bout them Wildcats!  The energy coming out of Whippany Park football is contagious and I am totally cooked on ‘Cat Fever.  Look for big men Aiden Melian and Cooper Dimmick to dominate up front and account for at least two sacks and several tackles for losses as they deliver their home crowd another victory under the lights.  PICK:  ‘Cats 35-12

Kittatinny (3-1) @ Newton (4-0) 

Brian Kenney:  The Braves won last week with Jack Young barely throwing the ball, although 2 of his 3 passes went for TDs.  Expect Thaylor Sibblies and Brayden Nolan to combine for over 200 yards on the ground and 3 scores (at least) for Newton, as their offensive line continues to pave the road to the promised land week after week.  The Cougars will put up a fight on both sides of the ball and I see Mike Cerbo connecting with Justin Simone for at least one score in this one, but Newton will get it done in the 4th quarter and win at home.  PICK: Newton 33-20
George Muha:  Honestly, I respect the love Sussex County fans have for their teams.  Most of the teams in that county are Group I and II teams, yet for big matchups on Friday nights fans pack the stadiums like it’s big school football in Texas.  This is one of those games.  So if you plan on going to this game, you better show up at 5pm to get a seat.  Yes, I know Newton has been romping on teams (some of them Group III teams) all season.  It’s not going to matter.  Kittatinny is good and they want this game in the worst way.  I’m only going with Newton because they are the home team but trust me, it’s going to the final whistle.  PICK:  Braves 24-21

Paramus (2-2) @ Montville (3-1)

Brian Kenney:  The ‘Stangs ended last week with a flurry of points but fell short.  Their offense, under their fearless leader Triston Perez, will put up a 30 spot in this one while they cruise to victory.  Look for Brian “Mark” McGrath to run for over 100 yards and two scores as well.  PICK: Montville 34-24
George Muha:  What a game last week in Chatham for the Montville Mustangs!  They really showed a ton of heart coming back from behind.  They might not have won the game but that is the kind of heart that wins championships.  I expect Perez and company to bounce back in a big way in Week 5.  PICK:  Mustang Sally’s 45-21

Parsippany (1-3) @ Mountain Lakes (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  The Herd won convincingly against Madison last week, while the Redhawks lost to Caldwell (so did ML this season).  This game is going to be closer than many people think, but I have to give the edge to the Herd at home.  I see Justin Hernando busting for over 100 yards and two scores in this one for the Lakes as they win before the hometown fans.  PICK: Herd 21-17
George Muha:  The Herd’s been on a nice run since losing in Week 1 to Caldwell.  Look for Ben Buzby and company to continue their winning ways against the 1-3 Redhawks.  PICK:  HERD 30-10

Parsippany Hills (1-3) @ Mendham (0-4)

Brian Kenney:  Par Hills is having a tough go of this year, but they are like the Patriots, just re-tooling and they will come back better next season.  However, the season isn’t over yet, and I think the Vikes will rebound from last week and get the W against the Minutemen.  Andrew Thomas will have ten tackles and a sack for the Vikings in this one.  PICK: Hills 27-17
George Muha:  Par Hills is navigating the injury bug along with a tough schedule.  They’ll have a chance to redeem themselves against some good opponents that carry a lot of Power Points in the second half of the season.  Look for Dom Verducci to have another stellar performance in a road win this Friday night to spark the Vikings’ winning ways.  PICK:  Vikes 35-7

Saturday Afternoon Delights


Lenape Valley (2-2) @ Hackettstown (0-4)

Brian Kenney:  How about H-Town’s Jaiden Liferiedge recording 14 tackles last week?  I love that stuff. He is going to be busy again this week, getting his two week total up to 30.  The Valley’s Jack LaVere, who scored every TD for their squad last week, will be at it again, bolting for 130 yards and at least one score in this one.  I think the Valley’s Jacob Cuttito will make a big defensive play in the fourth quarter to seal it for Lenape.  PICK: LV 24-21
George Muha:  Jack LaVere is certainly rewarding fantasy owners with his stellar game performances.  Look for the senior stud to continue to rip it up in a road win in Tiger Country.  PICK:  LV 38-12

High Point (2-2) @ Sussex Tech (1-3)

Brian Kenney:  The Mustangs played Lenape Valley close last week, and both squads narrowly beat Hackettstown this season.  I think the Techies got some momentum going from last week, and they will bring that into Tiger Stadium this week.  Look for Andrew Baker “The Touchdown Maker” (yes, anyone with the Baker last night will inevitably get that nickname) to run for a buck twenty-seven and two scores for Tech, while Brian “Mc”Gruber will take down at least 10 Wildcats on defense.  Meanwhile, High Point’s Jonah Ripley will show why he wants to be All-State this year, dropping 100 yards on 20 carries in this one with a score.  PICK: ST 34-27
George Muha:  Sussex Tech has been impressive despite their 1-3 record.  I expect the Mustangs to continue their spirited play and deliver their home fans a victory.  PICK:  ‘Stangs 21-18

Boonton (3-0) @ Wallkill Valley (3-1)

Brian Kenney:  I don’t know man, the Boots are down in the Valley, where the Rangers always play tough.  They played similar opponents for the most part, and but for those pesky Panthers of Cedar Grove, both teams would be undefeated.  Look for the Bosner to Lorencovitz connection to hook up at least twice for scores in this one for the Valley.  But at the end of the day, I’m all in on the Bombers’ offensive line.  These guys pancake so many people they keep the syrup companies in business.  It’s insane.  Pick a RB (and yes, Hunter Van Zant gets a majority of the carries, and is a beast) and they will score a TD for the Boots.  It’s a lot for any team, and the Rangers will hang in for a while but I think Boonton pulls it out in the end.   PICK: Bombs 44-30
George Muha:  Oooh, I love this matchup and I am going to predict not only the winner but I am going to predict how this game will go.  The first half will be all Boonton just hammering the run game.  Despite giving up a lot of yards, Wallkill won’t allow the score to get out of hand.  Then in the second half, Wallkill coach Bobby Leach will make a superb half time adjustment (which he is excellent at) and he’ll climb back and have the Boots on their heels for most of the 4th quarter.  Boonton will win but it will be a barn burner and what I predict will be the start of a good rivalry.  PICK:  Boonton 32-30

West Essex (3-1) @ Morris Knolls (4-0)

Brian Kenney:  These two teams have never played as far as I can tell.  Knolls has been playing great this year, and at least a few of the team’s leaders are QB Nick Tavarone and the brothers DellMonachie, Joey and Dom.  Look for these three to each find the endzone, and for Joey D to record 20 tackles and sack on defense.  I see Vegas having the Knights at 2 point favorites because they are West Essex and always good, but I think the Eagles prevail in a close one.  PICK: Knolls 37-30
George Muha:  Geez, here is another excellent Saturday game!  I saw West Essex receiver Chris Corbo as a sophomore and thought he was the best player I saw that year.  Now a senior, this kid is a full on beast on both sides of the ball.  But I am going to put my money on the Eagles in this one for two reasons; 1) The Eagles are playing fantastic team football and 2) when the team is gelling like they are, the Houston Veer offense they run is unstoppable.  Look for Joey DelleMonache to account for 10 tackles and Patrick Blum to do something big on special teams.  PICK:  Knolls 28-24 

Mount Olive (2-2) @ Morristown (1-3)

Brian Kenney:  Mount Olive is a little inconsistent this year but they will tip the scales with a winning record after this game.  Hunter Perez does so much on offense, but he will be all over the field on defense as well, recording 15 tackles while Joe Drew tacks on another 10 for the Marauders in their victory.  PICK: Mount Olive 34-7
George Muha:  Mount Olive is coming off a nice win against Wayne Valley.  I expect their winning ways to continue.  Look for defenders Cooper Anderson and Sean Harris to account for at least 15 total tackles and a turnover of some sort in the victory.  PICK:  MO 30-10

Pope John (1-4) @ Bergen Catholic (4-0)

Brian Kenney:  BC is tough, and hasn’t lost to PJ in at least  the last five years.  I think the leading scorer on Pope John might be their kicker, sophomore Jack Morgese.  Get that kid on your fantasy teams if you can.  It’s going to be a long afternoon, but the Lions won’t quit, keeping it close until the final quarter.  PICK:  BC 49-27
George Muha:  I’m impressed with this young group of Pope John players and how they are starting to gel as a team.  That’s the kind of stuff that pays dividends over the next two years when these kids are juniors and seniors.  Bergen Catholic could literally beat the Jets this year so don’t get all hung up on wins and losses this week.  PICK:  BC 40-10

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

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 are looking to have a winning season and I predict they will.  I see James Marinello scoring through the air and on the ground in a convincing performance in front of their home fans.  PICK:  MBS 33-20


Brian Kenney:  18-5  (78.25%)
George Muha:  17-6 (73.91%)
Fans:  21-2  (91.13%)
Owen:  1-1  (50.50%)


Brian Kenney:  57-29  (66.27%)
George Muha:  55-31  (63.95%)
Fans:  62-24  (72.09%)  
Owen:  3-2 (60.00%)