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2022 Week 3 Football Predictions

By George Muha, 09/15/22, 10:00PM EDT


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Thursday Night Lights (NOTE: Written before Thursday's game; MK 14-10)

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

Brian Kenney: Knolls is off to a fast start, and I think they will keep it going this Thursday.  Look for Cole Malatesta to account for 3 scores in this one through the air and on the ground.  PICK: Knolls 30-17

George Muha:  I’m officially on the Dom DelleMonache bandwagon.  I love that his name doesn’t fit on his jersey…’er I should say it wouldn’t fit if Coach Regan allowed names on jerseys.  Either way, DDM is a must start on your fantasy team this week.  PICK:  Knolls 24-17

Friday Night Lights

Cedar Grove (2-1) @ Boonton (1-1)

Brian Kenney:   These two teams have a history, and unfortunately, the Panthers have the edge.  I think that continues this year, but the Bombers will put up a fight until the end.  I think the Grove's Edmund Dakar will make a sideline tapping catch in the final seconds to win it.  PICK: Grove 28-21

George Muha:  This game has trap game writing all over it for Cedar Grove.  You know the Boots will be up for this game.  I want to pick Boonton really bad but I think CG will pull away late in the game.  PICK:  CG 30-28


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

Brian Kenney:  I don't see Caldwell losing all year.  Cross-town rival Verona will put up a valiant effort but the Hillbillies will fall to the Chiefs by double digits.  PICK: Chiefs 35-18

George Muha:  I love this old time Essex County rivalry!  Most years you can throw out their records when these two teams.  But everyone and their mother knows Caldwell is ridiculous this year so my advice is to take Caldwell with the points.  PICK:  Chiefs 49-10


Delbarton (0-2) @ St. Peter's Prep (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  Delby is the highest ranked team I have ever seen with two losses.  They have their hands full again in this one, but I think they pull off the upset and win this week.  PICK: Green Wave 14-10

George Muha:  Delbarton has struggled to get a dub in the first two weeks but they have not struggled as a program.  After two well played showings against Seton Hall and Bergen Catholic, I predict the dubs will start flowing beginning with this week.  PICK:  Delby 22-7


Hopatcong (0-1) @ Dover (1-1)

Brian Kenney:  The 'Cong will bounce back this week against a tough Tigers squad.  The Chiefs' James Kurchner will run for a buck twenty and two scores in this one.  PICK:  Hopatcong 20-12

George Muha:  I am a huge fan of the young football coaches in our area and I am telling you the next wave of winners are going to be Sean Norton of Hopatcong and Justin Hartman of Dover.  I love what they are doing with these programs.  This will be a competitive game till the end, but I am doubling down on the home team.  PICK:  Tigers 32-28


Lenape Valley (1-1) @ Hackettstown (2-0)

PICK:  The Valley has owned H-Town the past few years, but I think that changes this year.  Look for Jackson Burke to throw for a score and run for two more as the Tigers successful run continues.  PICK: H-Town 28-19

George Muha:  Hackettstown’s Jackson Burke is a must start on your fantasy team this week.  He’s projected to throw for 200-yards and rush for at least 75.  While the Tiger offense will put up a lot of points, it’ll be their D who will win the game.  PICK:  H-Town 21-10


Kittatinny (0-2) @ Hanover Park (1-1)

Brian Kenney: Go Hornets!

George Muha:  I am curious if Kittatinny has ever played Hanover Park.  But openly, I like the matchup.  Kittatinny will have success scoring points but Hornets QB Mikey Borrello will be way too much for the Cougars at the Hive.  PICK:  Hornets 30-19


High Point (1-1) @ West Milford (0-2)

Brian Kenney:  I think that High Point has the edge here, even on the road.  Luke VanOrden will throw for over 100 yards and rush for another 50 more in this one for the Wildcats.  PICK: HP 21-19

George Muha:  In VanOrden I trust.  Kid is a great field general and considering the ‘Cats are undefeated on the road, I am doubling down on HP.  PICK:  Wildcats 28-21


Vernon (1-1) @ Jefferson (1-1)  

Brian Kenney:  The Vikings gave Sparta a run for their money, and this will be a battle for sure in J-Town.  Look for phenom Tavis Osterhout to score on both sides of the ball in this one.  PICK: Falcons 21-14

George Muha: Vernon’s  Ricky Healy is a must start on your fantasy team after his monster performance against Sparta last week.  Look for Healy to continue to be very productive as his Vikes get the dub.  PICK:  Vernon 40-31


Mendham (1-2) @ Warren Hills (0-2)

Brian Kenney: I like the Streaks nickname, it’s fun. One of my friend’s daughters cheers there, Kaitlyn Devaney, and their squad is legit. That being said, the Minutemen are tough and almost upset Montville last week. I think Joe Alexion will run for over 100 yards and score at least once in this one as Mendham squeaks put a victory in front of the hometown fans. PICK: Mendham 21-20

George Muha:  Both teams are in dire need of a win if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive.  I love the way these two teams matchup against each other.  I predict Lucky Carton rushes for over 100-yards and John Gogerty kicks two FGs for his second week in a row.  But Luke Dugan will win it with a 4th drive that’ll be the nail in the coffin.  PICK:  Blue Streaks 30-29


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

Brian Kenney:  This is borderline game of the week material.  Montville is the real deal, and the Vikings are on a mission this season.  Rocco Guglielmo will rack up a baker's dozen worth of tackles for the Hills, but I think the 'Stangs will pull it out at home.  PICK: Montville 20-13

George Muha:  There is no doubt this is going to be a great game!  But I think this year’s Montville team has some moxy and I am all in on receiver Tony Feaster (no more Anthony for him, he’s earned his Tony wings).  PICK:  Stangs 35-32


St. Peter's NY (0-2) @ Morris Catholic (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  I think the Crusaders get off the snide this week, after a tough start to the season.  Look for Morris Catholic's Lahoe to run for a buck sixty and two scores while racking up ten tackles and an interception on defense as well.  PICK: MC 34-20

George Muha:  The bleeding stops this week for the Crusaders.  Look for the Bubba Lewis-to-Nick Gonzalez connection to combine for two touchdowns while Matt Lahoe adds another one or two on the ground for MC.  PICK:  Crusaders 30-21.


Morristown (2-1) @ Mount Olive (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  Mount Olive has had a tough go of it thus far, and they are much better than their record indicates.  Morristown is having a great bounce back year but this game would still mean a lot to them, because Mount Olive is legit.  Morristown's Trey Buchner will have ten tackles and a sack, but I think Mount Olive will still notch their first win of the season at home.  PICK: Mt. Olive 22-14

George Muha:  I am loving the energy coming out of Colonial Nation under the leadership of new head coach Casey Flynn.  Trust me, this program is in great hands.  Even so, beating MO on the road at the Ship, even with their slew of injuries is easier said than done.  PICK:  MO 35-28 


Parsippany (1-1) @ North Warren (1-1)  

Brian Kenney: This game is going to go down to the wire, and it's almost too close to pick.  North Warren's Angelo Fluri will collect 15 tackles and a sack in this one, but I think the Redhawks will win it in the end.  PICK: Parsippany 17-13

George Muha:  I predict this game will go to the final second and will be a one score game.  If you want the game within the game, keep an eye on the trenches between North Warren’s JJ Wohlers and Parsippany’s Brandon Hiltz.  Both are throwback players that could definitely plated in the 1980s with plastic helmets.  Heck, we all saw Wohlers tackle guys a few weeks ago with no helmet.  I’m going with the home team.  PICK:  NWR 28-26


Pequannock (1-1) @ Whippany Park (0-2)

Brian Kenney:  Whippany Park had their hands full last week and are tough at home, but I think Pequnnock will pull this one out in the final quarter.  Look for Dennis Jarensky to score twice for the Panthers in a win.  PICK: Pequannock 27-18

George Muha:  This game will be a close one and I am going with the home team as it’ll all come together for the Wildcats after two tough loses.  Whippany Park’s Andrew Deehan is a must start for your fantasy team as I predict he’ll have at least 100-yards of offense and a touchdown.  PICK:  Cats 28-25


Ramapo (2-0) @ Sparta (2-0)

Brian Kenney:  Ramapo is no joke, but I think Sparta can pull off the upset here.  I think the Rams have too much in the tank, but after seeing Mr. "Calm, Cool and Collected" Austen Frattura play an almost perfect game against Vernon last week, I'm pretty sure this kid can do anything, and his squad will follow the four-year starter anywhere.  While Vegas says this is the wrong choice, I'm going with the Spartans here.  PICK: Sparta 24-21

George Muha:  Frattura, Brancy and company will surely produce a lot of offense.  But the reason I am dubbing down on Sparta is because Matt “Neon Deion” Schweizer will do something game-changing defensively for the second week in a row.  PICK:  Spartans 28-24


Roxbury (0-2) @ West Morris (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  West Morris is another team I think may not lose all year.  This game, at home, is a W for the Pack.  Their defense is outstanding, only allowing 14 points in three games.  Look for that trend to continue in this one.  PICK: Pack 28-10

George Muha:  This has “trap game” written all over it for WMC.  Roxbury has the chops to catch the Wolfpack sleeping and senior Alex Maldonado wants nothing more to get a Week 3 dub.  The Wolves will eventually settle in but I see the Gaels having them on their heels for a big portion of this game.  PICK:  WMC 35-30

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Rye Country Day (NY) @ Morristown-Beard (1-1)

Brian Kenney:  I think the Beard will pull this one out at home after suffering a tough loss last week.  PICK: MB 19-14

George Muha:  Mo-Beard junior running back Marcello Laracca is a must start for your fantasy team this week.  He’s projected to have a monster day so don’t be surprised if he has 200-yards from scrimmage and a minimum of two TDs.  PICK:  MBS 35-21


Chatham (3-0) @ Morris Hills (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  The Hills are having a tough season thus far, despite battling every week.  I think that Chatham is going to win this one by going up big in the first half and never looking back.  Owen Bedell will have a bunch of tackles and Peter "Oil Can" Boyd will run for over 100 yards and a score as well.  PICK: Cougars 35-13

George Muha:  The Chatham Cougars are hot and I love the way they are winning their close games.  Finishing games is important and that’ll pay dividends in the postseason.  I see them coming out of Week 3 with a 4-0 record.  PICK:  Chatham 28-10


Randolph (2-0) @ East Orange (0-2)

Brian Kenney: East Orange hasn't won, but they are playing legit opponents and are tough at home.  That being said, the Rams are legit themselves.  I think this one goes down to the final minutes.  I think Sean Clark throws for over 200 yards and three scores in this one to propel Randolph to the W.  PICK: Rams 24-22

George Muha:  Sean Clark is my absolute favorite player this year!  He’s thrown 6 touchdowns to five different players.  That’s a QB right there.  The Rams will get tested this Saturday but my boy Clark will bail out his team to stay undefeated.  PICK:  Rams 40-30


Kinnelon (1-1) @ Sussex Tech (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  The Colts vs the Mustangs - which horse is faster?  Are they similar? I have no idea, I'm not a horse guy.  Somebody must know who would win in a race.  As for the game, I think that ST's Brian "Mc"Gruber will run for at least two scores but the Colts will race to the finish of the game and win.  PICK: Kinnelon 17-14

George Muha:  Kinnelon’s Lex Lucas is going to be tough in the trenches.  But Sussex Tech’s Andrew Baker the Touchdown Maker will get on the board at least twice to bring his home fans their second win of the season.  PICK:  Stangs 35-28


Mountain Lakes (2-0) @ Madison (2-0)

Brian Kenney: Pretty sure this is game of the week material.  How about Braxton Boyer, the guy runs for a TD and kicks a bunch of field goals to help Madison win last week.  That being said, I think Mountain Lakes' offense is running on all cylinders, and that will be the difference in this one.  Jimmy Elliot is the real deal, scoring three TDs last week on the ground, all of which were over 40 yards.  Rumor has it he is even better at lacrosse.  PICK: Lakers 27-12

George Muha:  This is going to be an all out slugfest!  I really want to pick Madison at home in this game but I see the HERD’s Jimmy Elliot stepping up in a big way somehow…like a fumble recovery for a TD or something.  PICK:  Mt Lakes 28-26


Newton (2-0) @ Wallkill Valley (2-0)

Brian Kenney:  The Valley is the real deal, but the Braves are on a tear and won't be stopped this week at least, even on the road.  Look for Brayden Nolan and Matt May to combine for four scores on the ground as the Braves roll.  PICK: Newton 39-21

George Muha:  This is the Game of the Week all the way!  I am telling you this will be a coaching chess match like you’ve never seen before.  Newton’s coach Matt Parzero is always three steps ahead of every opposing coach and always pulls some kind nifty trick at the most opportune time.  Against Wallkill coach Bobby Leach he won’t be able to do that.  I am putting the line on this game at 88 and I suggest you take the over.  PICK:  Braves 48-47


St. Mary (0-2) @ Butler (1-1)

Brian Kenney: The Bulldogs are playing on their blue turf, which automatically gives them the edge.  St. Mary's won't know what hit them when they step foot on it.  Look for Bobby Battipede to lead the Bulldogs on at least 4 scoring drives in this one.  PICK: Butler 34-17

George Muha:  This game will Christen the new Bulldog all blue turf!  Unfortunately for St Mary, there is no way Bobby Battipede and company will drop this one in front of a few thousand projected fans.  PICK:  Dawgs 30-12 

Sunday Fundays

Cardinals Hayes NY (0-1) @ Pope John (2-1) 

Brian Kenney:  What are these guys, in the NFL playing on a Sunday.  Good think they start at 11, just in time to hit 9 am mass and then the field.  Pope John is riding high, and I think that momentum will push them to victory at home to triple their win total from a year ago.  PICK: PJ 21-20

George Muha:  Sean Line is literally the Christian McCaffrey of Morris-Sussex.  This kid does it all and he’s absolutely emerging from this Johnnies team!  PICK:  PJ 35-20

How We Did Last Week
Brian Kenney:  17-6
George Muha:  17-6
How We've Done So Far This Year
Brian Kenney:  39-15
George Muha:  39-15