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2021 Week 8 Football Predictions

By Christie Smith, 10/21/21, 12:45PM EDT


Photo by Pete Hagedoorn

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Friday Night Lights


North Arlington (1-5) @ Butler (3-4)

Brian Kenney:  The Bulldogs are looking to even their record this week and will do just that.  Look for Issac Perez to find paydirt for the Bulldogs in at least one TD score.  PICK: Butler 27-20.  PICK Brian K. - Butler 24-10
George Muha:  Butler doesn’t want to win, they need to win if they want to make it to the postseason.  I think they win but they’ll still need some help from the playoff gods to squeak into the Dance.  PICK Dawgs 33-20

Hopatcong (0-6) @ Kinnelon (0-7)

Brian Kenney:  Good news - somebody is leaving with a W after this game.  The bad news is somebody is not.  I think the Colts will pull it off at home with a late Aidan Duffy TD run to break the 7-7 tie.  PICK: Colts 14-7
George Muha:  It’s been a little bit of a rough season for both teams but we’ve seen flashes from both squads.  I think the Hopatcong specials will make it interesting but I’m putting my money on the home squad.  PICK:  Colts 32-28

High Point (2-4) @ Vernon (5-2)

Brian Kenney: I think at the end of the day, High Point is overmatched by the Vikings in this one.  I have to say I was 20-2 with predictions last week so I’m feeling confident in this one.  Look for HP’s Luke VanOrden to cause some damage, but I think Vernon will have an amazing home crowd that cheers them on to a big W here.  PICK: Vernon 38-19
George Muha:   Vernon’s in comfortable shape heading into the playoffs but they definitely want to make sure they have plenty of momentum.  Expect Hunter “The Butcher” Carney and the Wildcats to try to play the spoiler.  I see the Vikes winning but ‘Cats will make them work for it.  PICK:  Vikes 28-21

Lenape Valley (4-2) @ Newton (7-0)

Brian Kenney:  I’m not sure the Braves can be stopped, even by the Pats.  They are on a mission, and State is the only option.  Helping them get there, among other weapons, is Braydon Nolan. This guy had over 100 yards rushing and receiving last week.  That’s fire, as the kids say.  He might not pull a double double this week, but he will do some damage with his feet and hands, totalling about 180 yards and at least 2 more scores against the Valley.  PICK: Braves 34-17
George Muha:  Lenape Valley has been amazing in the way they’ve fought through adversity.  If anyone can trip up the mighty Braves it’s the Pats.  But I don’t really see anyone stopping Newton.  PICK:  Braves 30-20

Mendham (1-6) @ Montville (5-2)

Brian Kenney:  I was at my buddy Steve Bollenbach’s house the other day, and he was the kicker and a WR for the ‘Stangs back in 1998.  He has two claims to fame - he caught a hail mary to win a game once (I actually saw it on youtube) and the current head coach of Montville allegedly has a picture of him in his office in the present day.  From what I can gather, Steve is covered in mud and on a knee listening to the coach in the picture.  I need a fact check on this story.  Steve was also a good kicker, according to him.  What does that have to do with this game?  Absolutely nothing.  PICK: “Stangs 35-14
George Muha:  Mendham has shown some flashes of late and have proven they can get the job done.  Look for a big night by Minuteman WR/DB Quinn Kontely.  But I don’t see the Montville Machine showing down any time soon.  PICK:  Stangs 42-25

Chatham (5-2) @ Parsippany Hills (1-6)

Brian Kenney:  The Cougars have lost to Par Hills for at least 5 years in a row.  Will this be the year they break the streak?  I am going to go with … I think so?  Bryce Kania and Owen Walewander will combine for 30 tackles and 2 sacks as Chatham’s defense plays off the charts and holds the Vikes to less than two touchdowns, which is not easy.  PICK: Chatham 14-10
George Muha:  Par Hills looked fantastic last week against West Morris.  And here’s why I think Par Hills is going to win.  Their early season woes are behind them and being mathematically out of the playoffs, the only thing they are playing for is to play the spoiler.  I think they’ll deliver on that too.  PICK:  Vikes 43-39

Dover (0-6) @ Englewood (0-6)

Brian Kenney: This is a tough one to call, but I think at the end of the day this is the game the Tigers get off the snide and win.  Look for Dover’s Arnol Herrera to run for almost 100 yards and score twice in this one.  PICK: Dover 20-14
George Muha:  Coach Hartman is looking for that first dub of the season.  I think RB Arnol “He Hate Me” Herrera delivers that to his coach with a two TD performance.  PICK:  Dover 27-21

Delbarton (3-4) @ Clifton (6-1)

Brian Kenney:  This is going to be a battle on the Mustangs’ home turf.  It is too close to call, so I will go with one of the brother’s alma mater, Delbarton.  Look for Aidan Papatonis to scamper for about 100 yards and two scores as the Green Wave sneaks out of Clifton with a W.  PICK: Delby 24-21
George Muha:  I love how Coach Bowers just stacks their schedule with top tier opponents.  That’s what great programs do and Bowers runs one of the best.  Clifton will give the Wave some headaches but Matt Gemma will just be too much in the trenches.  PICK: Wave 34-27

Mountain Lakes (5-1) @ Morris Catholic (3-3)

Brian Kenney:  The Herd is red hot, and I don’t see them slowing down this week.  Look for Jimmy Elliot and Cade Shuckman to combine for over 300 yards rushing and 3 scores in this one as the Herd continues to stampede opponents.  PICK: Herd 29-16
George Muha:  This is the Game of the Week!  Mountain Lakes has stifled every high powered offense on their schedule this year.  While I believe MC might just be the most high powered offense, it’s hard to score points when you are not on the field.  And the Herd have been masterful at grinding clock eating drives this season.  PICK Herd 35-33

North Warren (2-5) @ Belvidere (3-2)

Brian Kenney:  I was in Belvidere last week, in the Courthouse, winning a hearing of course, and man, that town is old.  I like it though, some really nice houses, and the surrounding area is gorgeous, especially this time of year.  Anyway, the Belviderians will win a close one at home, with Justin Connors accounting for 200 plus yards of offense and cleaning up with 12 tackles on defense and a sack on defense as well.  PICK: Belvidere 20-13
George Muha:  Belvidere needs this win desperately to get to the postseason.  With North Warren mathematically eliminated, their only hope is to play the spoiler to the County Seaters.  I think the Pats rally and ruin things for their opponent.  Look for Sam Tirone to do something big on specials in the NWR dub.  PICK:  Pats 28-24

Parsippany (2-5) @ Verona (2-4)

Brian Kenney:  I can’t figure the Hillbillies out.  They have flashes, but are inconsistent this year.  I think they will right the ship this week at home against a tough Redhawks team.  And geez Louise, last week the Parsippany’s Campbell Pivnick threw for almost 400 yards and 7 TDs, those are like Tecmo Bowl stats.  Look for Verona’s Daniel Vecchio to record over 17 tackles and a sack with a forced fumble to help the defense pull out a close one.  PICK: Verona 28-24
George Muha:  This has the makings of a great game as Par High is coming off a shootout.  Look for receiver Nick DePietro to continue to be a fantasy phenom but I see Billies pulling away.  PICK:  Verona 30-28

Pequannock (4-3) @ Boonton (5-1)

Brian Kenney:  Pequannock is en fuego, having won the last three games.  Booton finally dropped their first game of the season, after letting up three TDs in the 4th quarter and losing to Cedar Grove.  I think the Boots bounce back at home, with John Rigas throwing for a score and running for another one as the Bombers roll.  PICK: Boonton 33-14
George Muha:  Pequannock is in desperate need of a large amount of Power Points and a win against Boonton will likely give them what they need.  That’ll be easier said than done because Vegas has the Bombers as two touchdown favorites. I think the Panthers will make it closer than that, but beating the Boots in the ThunderDome on a Friday Night in front of the Bomb Squad?  Good luck with that!  PICK: Bombers 34-28

Morris Hills (3-4) @ Sparta (5-2)

Brian Kenney: Sparta is on a roll, and the Hills are going to have their hands full this week.  David Turner will still run for a buck twenty and two scores, but I think Sparta will have the game in check by the start of the fourth quarter.  Look for Austen Frattura to hook up with Luke Szabo for at least one score and over 100 yards, while Parker Williamson will rack up 15 tackles and a sack on defense for the Spartans.  PICK: Sparta 41-27
George Muha:  Luke Szabo and Austen Frattura are gelling really well.  And while Morris Hills desperately needs this win to secure a playoff bid, I just can’t see the Spartans losing in front of the home crowd.  PICK:  Spartans 32-25

Roxbury (3-4) @ Mount Olive (5-2)

Brian Kenney:  Jack Clemente and Sean Harris were clicking last week for the Mauraders, and they will continue that this week, to the tune of at least 1 score, if not two.  The ‘Bury will put up a decent fight, as they are hot of late, but they will fall just short on the road.  PICK: Mt. Olive 21-17
George Muha:  Roxbury is playing with cash money right now in that this young team exceeded expectations for this season.  A win over Mount Olive will likely deliver the Power Points the Gaels need to get into the Dance.  Might be a tall order but I’m telling you this Roxbury team has the ability to pull off the upset.  But I think MO is way too hot to cool down now.  PICK:  Marauders 34-25

Saturday Afternoon Delights


Whippany Park (4-1) @ Sussex Tech (2-5)

Brian Kenney:  ST lost a heck of a game last week to Parsippany where they ran for over 600 yards. That is straight up banana-grams.  Andrew Baker and Chris Conyers accounted for over almost 600 of those yards.  Baker had 7 TDs.  He was every bit of the “Touchdown Maker” as his nickname says.  So now what?  Can they run over the Park?  I don’t think so.  Park’s Teddy Ciamillo will total at least 17 tackles and a forced fumble in this one.  But I think Tech stays hot and pulls off an upset at home.  PICK: ST 24-21
George Muha:  First of all I want to thank Sussex Tech’s  Andrew Baker for scoring 7 touchdowns because he made me look like a fantasy genius.  What’s more impressive than scoring 7 TDs in a game?  Doing it two weeks in a row.  Common’ Baker, my fantasy team needs you!  While I won’t be surprised if Baker goes off again, the Wildcats have been the Greatest Show on Turf all season long and I don’t see them slowing down…especially after a week where they had to sit due to a Covid shutdown.  PICK:  ‘Cats 45-35

West Morris (5-2) @ Morris Knolls (5-2)

Brian Kenney:  This is definitely going to go down to the wire.  Knolls just blanked Roxbury, and has a lot of momentum going into this matchup, especially in front of the hometown fans.  Look for Sean “Beans” Beinkowski to rack up 20 tackles, as he will be all over the field for Knolls.  But at the end of the day, I think the Pack is too much for Knolls.  I mean, Stefano Montella was an absolute beast last week, rushing 17 times for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns?  I think the Pack’s Offensive Line clears some holes for Stefano to rumble through on the way to another 200 yard performance as the Pack wins a close one.  PICK: WMC 26-21
George Muha:  This is old time Morris County football at its best.  While I want to pick West Morris, I know Coach Regan has an evil plan cooking to slow down the Wolves high powered weapons.  I’m going to put the over/under at 32 and I’m going to recommend you take the under.  It’s going to be a defensive battle with the Wolfpack evading the talons of the Eagles. PICK:  Wolves 17-14

St. Peter's Prep (5-2) @ Pope John (1-6)

Brian Kenney:  Pope John played well as a team last week (Morgese only had 2 FGs, not 3 as I predicted) and that will carry over into this Saturday against a tough St. Peter’s squad.  I think the Prep’s CJ Wesley will total a baker’s dozen worth of tackles and a fumble recovery in this one as St. Peter’s wins one on the road.  PICK: St. Peter’s 17-10
George Muha:  Sean Line and Jack Stoll are hungry for another win for the Johnnies.  While I see them slowing St Peter’s down at times, I see the Marauders prevailing.  PICK:  St Petes 28-14

Randolph (5-2) @ Morristown (1-6)

Brian Kenney: Random fact, both of these squads lost to West Morris by 35 points.  That’s where the similarities end, unfortunately for the Colonials.  Look for Sean Clark, who threw for almost 300 yards and 5 TDs last week, to do some damage with his feet and arm again this week, while accounting for over 250 yards and 3 scores in the Rams win.  PICK: Rams 28-12
George Muha:  It’s starting to get so pukey how perfect Sean Clark is.  Can this guy make a mistake or what?  I think I am just mad at myself for trading him from my fantasy team.  But I did get a dope receiver and a 1st round draft pick for next year’s fantasy season.  Oh, Randolph will continue to roll!  PICK:  Rams 38-13

Hackettstown (0-7) @ Wallkill Valley (3-3)

Brian Kenney:  Unfortunately, the Tigers face another tough opponent this week, and the Valley’s Shane Nugent will run for a buck thirty and two scores in this one while Eddie Reinle racks up 15 tackles and forces a fumble as the Rangers win at home.  PICK: WV 28-12
George Muha:  Wallkill must have this win if they want to ensure a playoff bid.  And Hackettstown has nothing to lose and would love more than anything to play the spoiler to the Rangers postseason hopes.  I predict the Tigers will have Wallkill on their heels more than they’d like but in the end the Rangers will slip past with the dub.  PICK:  Rangers 24-22

Hanover Park (3-3) @ Madison (3-4)

Brian Kenney:  This is a must win for both teams if either wants to play in the postseason.  So it is a playoff game right here.  HP has to stop Madison’s running game, especially Jason Candelario, who scored 4 TDs last week against Verona in a big win.  Cade LaFerriere will be looking to add to his sack total for the Dodgers as well.  Mike Filippone had 184 yards rushing on 31 carries last week, along with 3 TDs.  Look for him to top that yardage on less carries this week, and hit pay dirt at least twice.  Hornets Jack Massarano and Anthony Carlucci will rack up over 20 tackles between them on route to stealing a close one on the road.  PICK: HP 27-21
George Muha:  In my initial prediction of this game I gave the HP student section some guff for not bringing it as much as I would have liked it last week against Mt Lakes.  It was not fair of me to do that and I apologize to the student section.  As a die hard alumni, I cannot help to let my passions get ahead of myself sometimes and I should not have published that!  I am sure my Hornet Faithful will be in full effect for this week as this is basically a playoff game - but the game will be won on the field, not the stands.  While it pains me to pick against my black and gold, Madison is the hot hand and playing in the Dodger Dome in a big game with playoff implications will be tough.  I hope I am wrong but here we go.  PICK:  Madison 34-29

Jefferson (2-5) @ Kittatinny (4-3)

Brian Kenney: The Cougars sure spread the ball around a lot on offense.  Last week, Luke Brex got the most yards and two TDs on 6 carries.  J-Town has a decent amount of offensive firepower with Delaportas at the helm and Eric Garv and Theo Fisher scoring TDs in the air.  I think I have to flip a coin on this one but I’ll give the advantage to the Kitts at home.  PICK: Kitts 27-18
George Muha:  Jefferson hasn’t been able to catch fire in the win department and if they ever need one it is now because a loss will knock them out of the playoffs but a win might actually squeak them in.  However, I think David Michelman, Luke Brex and company are not going to let that happen on Senior Day in front of their home stands.  PICK:  Cougars 33-28

Morristown-Beard (3-1) @ Pingry (5-1)

Brian Kenney:  I don’t know how many times these two teams have played against one another this season, but I think Pingry has already beaten them once.  I think the the Beards will keep it close no matter, but at the end of the day Pingry makes former alum Teddy Corvino proud with a W.  PICK: Pingry 20-10
George Muha:  Has anyone else taken a look at MoBeard’s playoff bracket?  Red Bank Catholic, DePaul, etc.  I think the Football Section gods need to re-arrange things.  Well, I don’t want to think ahead too far so let’s just focus on this one.  I see the Crimson avenging their loss a few weeks back at the hands of Pingry with a road victory.  PICK:  MBS 27-23


Brian Kenney:  20-2 (90.90%)
George Muha:  15-7 (68.18%)
Fans:  18-4 (81.81%)       
Owen:  1-3  (25.00%) 


Brian Kenney:  105-47 (69.07%) 
George Muha:  100-52 (65.78%)    
Fans:  109-43 (71.71%)  
Owen:  6-10 (37.50%)