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2021 Week 6 Football Predictions

By George Muha, 10/07/21, 2:15PM EDT


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Friday Night Lights


Butler (2-3) @ Cresskill (1-3)

Brian Kenney:  Last year Butler beat Cresskill by a point in the epitome of a barn burner, where the Bulldogs were down until the final quarter when Cris Verrico broke a 37 yard run for the deciding score.  My question, which Bulldog is going to pull off some heroics this year in another close one?  PICK: Bulldogs 17-16
George Muha:  Butler is going to face a feisty Cresskill team on the road.  But I am smelling something smooth brewing in the air and I have a feeling PJ Coffey will return a kickoff to the Big House for the Dawgs in a game-changing moment (no pressure big boy!).  PICK:  Butler 24-21

West Morris (4-1) @ Mount Olive (3-2)

Brian Kenney: Wow, the Pack dominated a good Randolph team last week, and is having a fantastic season (again).  Trevor Hillier was on fire against the Rams, running and throwing for 4 TDs.  The Pack’s Collin Leonhardt is looking to have another big game defensively, (last week he recorded 11 tackles and a sack) and will rack up another couple of sacks this week as well.  The Marauders won’t make it easy, however.  I see Hunter Perez scoring at least once on the ground while Adam DeCristofaro cleans up on defense with over a dozen tackles.  PICK: WMC 34-24
George Muha:  I sincerely hope big time colleges are paying attention to West Morris’ Stefano Montella?  This kid has been flatout outstanding on both sides of the ball.  He’s a legit scoring threat every time he touches the ball.  He’s my mid-season Player of the Year in Morris-Sussex right now.  I know this is a big rivalry game at the Ship with a lot of hype.  Sorry, I just don’t see any local team being able to tame the Wolves.  PICK:  ‘Pack 45-19

Wallkill Valley (3-2) @ Pequannock (2-3)

Brian Kenney: The Panthers have some momentum going into this one, while the Valley had some issues with Boonton last week.  I think this one will go down to the wire, but I’m going to have to go with the Valley, as Dylan Bosner connects with Shane “Ted” Nugent for a score in the final seconds.  PICK: Valley 21-13
George Muha:  Pequannock QB David Rigoglioso and his weapons can be tricky when they get hot.  I won’t be surprised if they catch the Rangers on their heels.  But I am giving the edge to Wallkill and their three-headed rushing attack of Nugent, Lorencovitz & McMillian, but not by much.  PICK:  WV 28-21

Sparta (3-2) @ Montville (4-1)

Brian Kenney: “We are Sparta” may have been yelled after last week’s dismantling of unbeaten (at the time) Chatham by Spartan players, and can you blame them?  This week they face another good team but my money is on the Spartans again.  Look for Austen Frattura to throw for 300 yards and 3 scores in this one, while Hunter Morris scores 2 on the ground for the ‘Stangs.  PICK: Sparta 24-20
George Muha:  I honestly am struggling to see how this game plays out.  Zack Waltsak, John Walsh, Mo Gaber, Bill Templeton and the Mustang defense have been phenomenal, causing havoc for opposing teams all season long.  While I see Sparta will feel those horses breathing down their necks all game long, I think Austen Frattura will show why he’s Sparta’s franchise QB.  PICK:  Spartans 34-29

Newton (5-0) @ Hackettstown (0-5)

Brian Kenney:  I hope it’s not homecoming, because the Tigers are going to have their hands full with the machine that is Newton.  Jackson Burke and the rest of H-Town will leave it on the field no matter what, but I think the Braves win this one.  Look for the Braves’ Brayden Nolan to be all over the field, as he was last week, the entire game, racking up three scores and 15 tackles.  PICK: Newton 42-10
George Muha:  Hackettstown is in need of a big win and beating the undefeated Newtonians would not only check that box, it’ll also be a jackpot of much needed Power Points the Tigers are in desperate search of if they plan on making the Second Season.  However, I think Braden Nolan and company continue to show why they are the #1 team in North Group II.  PICK:  Braves 34-10

North Warren (1-4) @ Whippany Park (3-1)

Brian Kenney: I’ll say this about the Park, they are winning the games they should and having a great season.  Hunter Morgenroth will not only throw and run for a score, but he may score on a pick six on defense too.  PICK: WP 35-20
George Muha:  I am totally all-in on the Whippany Park bandwagon.  But I am telling you this one has “trap-game” written all over it.  North Warren definitely has the firepower to trip up the Wildcats.  While I do anticipate we will see another episode of the Hunter Morgenroth Show, the Patriots won’t make it easy.  PICK:  Whippany Park 34-27

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

Brian Kenney: After playing beasts the first two games, the Lakes has rattled off three Ws in a row.  They now face a Hillbillies team that also lost to Caldwell pretty handily last week.  This is going to be a fun one, and in the Hillbilly Dome no less (I don’t know what you call the home of a hillbilly, perhaps the Hills?  Who knows, still love the name though).  I think Verona is going to win a very close one this week, although Jordan Hernando will still score twice on almost 200 yards rushing for the Herd.  PICK: Verona 39-34
George Muha:  Verona beat up on Hanover Park and Morris Catholic.  I think those high flying offenses is what Verona is built for.  But I don’t think they’ll do as well against the Herd’s grind-it-out, control-the-clock style of play.  I expect Mt Lakes defender Ryan McLoughlin to make some kind of big defensive play (INT, fumble recovery, etc) that will be the difference.  PICK:  Herd 30-28

Morris Knolls (4-1) @ Randolph (3-2)

Brian Kenney:  The Rams had a rough one last week, as did Knolls, but they were in it the whole first half against West Essex.  This is going to be an exciting one, and Randolph is always tough at home.  I think Randolph will do some damage on offense, with Sean Clark connecting with Ryan “Patrick” Swayze for at least one score along with Aidan Matheny rushing for a buck ten and another.  But the Golden Eagles will bend but not break on defense, thanks in part to “Joey D” (DellMonachie) tackling everyone but the Ram mascot while tallying 20 tackles and 2 sacks under the lights.  PICK: Knolls 22-17
George Muha:  This matchup has old time Morris County roots.  And both teams are really good!  Sean Clark has been lighting up the stat charts every week and his trusty receivers The Novak Bros have been a lot of fun to watch!  But I think Nicky Tavarone, Patrick Blum and company have this vibe cooking that you just don’t see every day.  I am doubling down on Knolls in a close one.  PICK:  MK 35-30

Immaculata (4-0) @ Mendham (1-4)

Brian Kenney:  I don’t know much about Immaculata except they haven’t lost this year.  Kind of a bummer for Mendham, or it will be a great upset! Immaculata has beat up on some less than stellar teams, so I think if the Minutemen, who are coming off a great win over Par Hills, can keep it close going into the final quarter they have a shot at winning.  I hope I’m wrong, but I’m going with Immaculata anyway.  PICK: Immaculata 20-14
George Muha:  It was great to see the Minutemen finally get on the board and new coach Ethan Jaros get his first win.  But I think the second win might have to wait at least another week as the high flying Immaculatans are coming to town and I don’t see them losing.  PICK:  Immaculata 35-21

Immaculate Conception (4-1) @ Dover (0-4)

Brian Kenney:  IC is going to win a close one, but the Tigers will be thinking about one of their coaches, who unexpectedly passed away last week.  Thoughts and prayers go out to Rob Ambrosino and his family, as well as the players and coaches for the Tigers.  PICK: IC 17-10
George Muha:  My heart goes out to Dover after losing assistant coach Rob Ambrosino    unexpectedly.  Coach Ambro was always awesome to me and my staff every single time we visited Dover and you could tell he really cared about his players.  He will be missed.  I know winning a football game won’t change any feelings in Tiger Nation but I have a feeling we will see a lot of spirited play and I say why not this week!  PICK:  Tigers 21-14 (Coach Rob’s GoFundMe page is here:

Madison (1-4) @ Parsippany (1-4)

Brian Kenney:  Such a tough one to call, because both of these teams are better than records indicate.  I think I’m going to go with the Redhawks at home in this one.  Campbell Pivnick will throw for almost 200 yards and two scores while running for another.  PICK: Parsippany 28-23
George Muha:  I don’t want to tell you I told you so but I did tell you that Madison was good and they would beat Hoboken.  Did I think they were going to absolutely maul them though?  No, but that just puts an exclamation point on the fact that they are good.  They do need to play catch up if they want to make the playoffs so I see them winning for the second week in a row.  PICK:  Dodgers 34-24

Hanover Park (3-1) @ Ramsey (5-0)

Brian Kenney:  There is no question that the Hornets have their hands full with a good Ramsey team this week.  However, their offense can score points on anyone, and will continue to do so this Friday.  I think after last week’s performance, Mikey Filippone’s new nickname might have to be “Nails”, as the kid was limping around for three quarters yet he still ran for over 180 yards and three scores.  That kid is different, as they say.  Mike Borrello hit several different receivers throughout last week’s game and that will continue this week, as Brett Behre and Dom Madera will both reel in TD passes.  The defense stepped up big time as a whole last week, with Jack Massarano recording two sacks and Anthony Carlucci piling up 12 tackles, along with the rest of the Hornets buzzing around making plays.  The Hornets’ D will have to step up again this week to stop the Rams’ phenom Danny Veenstra and pull off the upset, and I think they will.  PICK: HP 34-27
George Muha:  Every championship team has a turning point when they raise their game and they send a message to the rest of the Section that you better be paying attention because we are coming.  I believe this is that day for the Hornets.  I am not saying hand them the ring on Saturday.  But what I am saying is they are going to let the world know they are for real with a convincing win over the Ramsonians on their own turf.  PICK:  HP 61-45

High Point (2-3) @ Lenape Valley (3-2)

Brian Kenney:  High Point lost a baseball game (2-0) against Sussex Tech last week, but they will be putting up some points this week against the Valley.  That being said, I think Jack LaVere will do it again this week for the Pats, racking up 200 yards on the ground with two scores in a win.  PICK: LV 41-24
George Muha:  Hunter “The Butcher” Carney and his High Point Wildcats need to rack up the wins in a hurry if they plan on making it to the Second Season.  That’ll be easier said than done against Jack LaVere and company on their home turf.  But I think they’ll make it close.  PICK:  Pats 23-21

Hopatcong (0-4) @ Boonton (4-0)

Brian Kenney: The Boots are going to do what they do, run the ball.  Pick your poison, because all these Bombers can score once they get a handoff or pitch.  I see Nate Prater and Hunter VanZant scoring twice in this one for Boonton as they win before the hometown fans.  PICK: Boots 49-21
George Muha:  I heard they just made a Hunter Van Zant action figure that all the little kids in Boonton will get for Christmas.  I definitely want to get one too.  PICK:  Boots 34-19

Saturday Afternoon Delights


Don Bosco Prep (2-3) @ Delbarton (3-2)

Brian Kenney: Can the Green Wave pull out another great W two years in a row?  Last year they beat DBP 27-21, and I think this year there will be more of the same excitement.  Look for Robert Russo to have a decent bounce back game and throw for over 200 yards, while hooking up with David “The Missing” Link for a big score in the fourth quarter to bring this one home in front of the hometown fans.  PICK: Delby 14-10
George Muha:  Delby is coming off a tough 14-7 loss to DePaul but I think the Wave will bounce back in a big way.  Look for Casale and company to keep the Bosconians to under 14-points in a good win at home.  PICK:  Wave 24-13

Chatham (4-1) @ Morris Hills (2-3)

Brian Kenney:  The Hills have been alive lately, and I think David Turner will continue to stay hot for the Knights, racking up a buck fifty and three more scores in this one.  Look for Sean Baker The Tackle Maker to record a baker’s dozen worth of tackles for Hills as well.  That being said, the Cougars are looking to bounce back after last week’s setback, and Jackson Hodges will hook up with Bryce Kania for at least one score in a close victory for Chatham.  PICK: Cougars 21-20
George Muha:  MoHills scares me because they must win games if they want to make it to the postseason and Coach Sabo knows how to motivate his team in the right spots.  Chatham is coming off to a tough loss to Sparta but I expect them to bounce back big.  Look for Cougar runningback Jax Ulbrich (who’s #5 away jersey is in the Top 5 of hottest selling jerseys in Morris-Sussex right now) to explode for at least 150-yards and two TDs.  PICK:  Chatham 34-24

Kinnelon (0-5) @ Kittatinny (3-2)

Brian Kenney: Let’s face it, if a Colt is taking on a Cougar, the Colt is in trouble.  The Colts, unfortunately, are in trouble this week.  Ryan Connelly scores twice in this one as the Cougars roll.  PICK: Kitts 34-17
George Muha:  Kittatinny’s Mike Cerbo has been extremely efficient this year through the air.  I think this Cougar team is a playoff winning team and I predict they will right the ship after last week’s loss to Newton.  PICK:  Cougars 28-12

Jefferson (1-4) @ Parsippany Hills (1-4)

Brian Kenney: Par Hills is having a tough season, with some flashes here and there, but while down, they are not out.  J-Town will put some points on the board, with Peter Delaportas connecting with Jacob Studnick and Eric Garv for scores, but I think in the end the Hills steals this one at home.  PICK: Hills 27-20
George Muha:  Last week I said Jefferson is a playoff winning team and I stand by that even though they lost their fourth straight.  Hang in there Falcons fans and be patient.  Winning will start back up this week, trust me.  PICK:  Falcons 28-14

Roxbury (2-3) @ Morristown (1-4)

Brian Kenney: Morristown will keep this close, with Zion Baitey accounting for over 200 yards on offense, but I think the ‘Bury will even their record after this matchup.  Look for Anthony Skawinski to run for two scores and throw another for the Gaels in a win.  PICK: Roxbury 28-14
George Muha:  How about me predicting the Gaels would win the last two games.  Stick with me Roxbury fans.  I see the Tony Skawinski Show to sell out for another week (no more Anthony pal, you’ve earned Tony status)!  PICK:  Roxbury 35-24

Vernon (3-2) @ Sussex Tech (2-3)

Brian Kenney:  Sussex Tech pitched a shutout and got a safety to beat High Point last week, when Chris Conyers and Matt Rehe stopped a running play in the endzone in what proved to be the game.  They come into the game with a big confidence boost from that defensive performance.  However, the Vikings have a chip on their shoulder after losing to a decent West Milford team last week, and that chip will make the difference here, as the Vikings defense will force at least two turnovers on their way holding the ‘Stangs to a touchdown.  PICK: Vernon 14-3
George Muha:  Vernon lost a tough one last week but I expect them to bounce back on the road.  Look for the Vikings’ John Kowalski to do something cool (pick-6, return a kick, deliver a baby, start a charity for cancer research, etc).  PICK:  Vikes 38-21

Morristown-Beard (2-1) @ M.K.A. (2-2)

Brian Kenney:  I’m a little confused by these teams’ schedules, they seem to play the same team every couple of weeks.  I assume that is because of covid of course.  That leaves me drawing a blank on who is going to win this week.  Random fact, I used to live right by MKA when I was in law school, it’s a beautiful school (as is the Beard).  If I had to choose between living in Montclair or Morristown, it would be a close decision.  Much like this game will be, I imagine.  PICK: The Beard 35-28
George Muha:  The Beards are coming off a hard fought win.  Look for James Marinello and company to continue their winning ways.  PICK:  Beards 21-14


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