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2022 Week 4 Football Predictions

By George Muha, 09/22/22, 9:45PM EDT


Friday Night Lights

Butler (2-1) @ Wood-Ridge (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  I have some faith in the Bulldogs but they will be missing that hometown edge of the blue turf.  That being said, I think they will pull it out in the closing minutes and upset Wood-Ridge.  PICK: Butler 24-20

George Muha:  Rocco Presti is an absolute beast and he scored a bunch of TDs last week vs St Mary.  Fantasy owners can count on at least a three score evening in Wood-Ridge for the junior stud.  PICK:  Butler 34-23


Bergen Tech (2-0) @ Hopatcong (0-2)

Brian Kenney: The Chiefs have been struggling but they will put up a fight in this Friday Night matchup.  The hometown fans will make a difference in this one as the 'Cong keeps it close all game, but unfortunately I think B Tech wins by a point.  PICK: BT 14-13

George Muha:  The Chief’s had a tough night against Dover last week and I don’t think it’ll be any easier against an undefeated Bergen Tech team.  Hopatcong’s future is bright with new Coach Norton but they’ll have to go through a little growing pains first.  PICK:  BT 30-20


Boonton (1-2) @ Parsippany (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  Nick Scaltro will score twice for the Boots but this game will be an absolute barn burner.  The Redhawks will fight until the final minutes but I think the Boots defense will make a big stop to win it.  PICK: Boots 21-14

George Muha:  For some reason I love this rivalry game...especially because it pits two Morris County stud coaches against each other in Boonton’s Bryan Gallagher and Parsippany’s Jason Hurta.  You’ll definitely see of gamesmanship from these to signal callers but I think the difference will be Bombers tackling machine Drew Cabalar.  The Boots will win Das Boot Game.  PICK:  Boots 34-30


Caldwell (3-0) @ West Essex (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  I don't know, maybe West Essex slows the Chief down?  I kind of doubt it though.  Mr. Boland scores twice in this one for Caldwell.  PICK: Chiefs 34-17

George Muha:  This is always a good match-up but I honestly don’t see Caldwell slowing down anytime soon.  I do think West Essex will score at some point in the first half but it won’t make much a difference to the Chief Machine.  PICK:  30-10


Chatham (4-0) @ Randolph (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  Did somebody say? Game of the Week?  I have to say if you asked a month ago who was winning this game I would not hesitate and say the Rams.  But now?  Brother, it is a toss up.  Steve Petruziello is going to get the Rams on the board quick, and likely find pay dirt twice.  But look for the Del Re to Hodges connection to rack up at least two scores for the Cougars as well.  In the end, I'm going to have to go with the home field advantage, and I think the Rams pull this out by a field goal at best.  PICK: Rams 24-21

George Muha:  Even though Chatham is 4-0, I think this game could be their coming out party because beating a heavy hitter like Randolph will make a huge statement.  While I do think Chatham will hang for most of this game, I predict the Rams to make the game out of reach in the 4th quarter.  Also, fantasy owners, you must start Randolph receiver Mikey Campbell in this one.  He’s projected to have 100-yards receiving and at least one TD.  PICK:  Randolph 28-14


Hackettstown (3-0) @ Whippany Park (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  Everyone is talking about the Tigers, and I have to say they are a fun bunch to watch.  The Wildcats will score some points but in the end I think Andrew Carida will bust at least two big runs to put the Tigers up for good in the second half.  PICK: Tigers 34-20

George Muha:  At the MetLife Stadium Media Day, our entire staff loved Hackettstown.  The reason is that every other team that was there was acting like being at MetLife wasn’t that cool, despite the fact that it was absolutely awesome.  Hackettstown on the other hand was totally authentic about how cool this experience was and they were milking every bit of what the experience was.  They are apparently taking that looseness on the field and I honestly don’t see anyone slowing them down any time soon.  PICK:  28-18


Hanover Park (2-1) @ Mountain Lakes (3-0)

Brian Kenney: Go Hornets!

George Muha:  Mikey Borello is a phenomenal athlete and is doing a terrific job being the team leader he’s pegged to be.  He’ll keep the Hornets in this game but Jimmy Elliot will do something special (a PICK-6, fumble recovery, key 4th down tackle, etc) that will be the difference.  PICK:  Mt Lakes 40-35


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

Brian Kenney:  Remember when these teams played a baseball game last year and it was 2-0?  I don't expect such a defensive battle this year, but both defenses will make some plays.  In the end, I think between Baker and "Mc"Gruber and Tech's offensive line, the Mustangs will pull it out with at least 3 rushing touchdowns.  PICK: ST 27-21

George Muha:  This will be a great game as both teams are playing tough.  But Sussex Tech’s Baker and “Mc” Gruber have been making the big plays when they counted and I predict they’ll do the same thing in this game.  PICK:  ST 35-30


Wallkill Valley (2-1) @ Jefferson (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  This is going to be a great game down in J-Town.  The Falcons are coming off a big win over Vernon, but the Valley is no slouch at 2-1.  Ryan Moran will hook up with Travis Osterhout and Jeff Evan for at least three scores as the Falcons win a big one at home.  PICK: J-Town 35-24

George Muha:  Jefferson had a thrilling finish last week vs Vernon.  While I predict they’ll keep this one close, I think Nugent and company will pull away with the road victory for the Rangers.  PICK:  WV 34-29


North Warren (2-1) @ Kinnelon (1-2)

Brian Kenney: Look for North Warren's Craig Shipps to catch at least one TD pass with Cooper Rosso records ten tackles and a sack.  Kinnelon will keep it close, but I think North Warren outlasts the Colts.  PICK: NW 20-14

George Muha:  Craig Shipps and his North Warren Patriots will pull off a road victory to get another dub for the season.  PICK:  Pats 34-20


Kittatinny (0-3) @ Newton (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  Kittatinny had a rough game against Hanover Park last week, and unfortunately Newton is not going to give them much of a break.  The Braves' Brayden Nolan and Thaylor Sibblies will combine for 300 yards and 4 scores in this one.  PICK: Braves 42-10

George Muha:  Newton will continue to ground and pound.  Look for Sibblies, Nolan and May all to find the endzone in a convincing home victory.  PICK:  Braves 40-15


Vernon (1-2)  @ Lenape Valley (1-2)

Brian Kenney: I think this game will be close because the Valley is tough at home.  That being said, Gage Moskovitz will be too much for the Pats to handle, as he will score at least twice for the Vikes.  PICK: Vernon 30-20

George:  I absolutely loved the way Vernon played in last week’s shootout against Jefferson.  After two weeks of coming up short late in the game, I predict the Vikings come out victorious in this one.  PICK:  Vikes 34-19


Madison (2-1) @ Pequannock (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  This game is going to be pretty exciting, as both teams are tough and like to run the ball.  I think in the end the Dodgers' defense will put this one to bed, look for Luke D'Ambola and Joseph DeMarzo to combine for 20 something tackles as the defense bends but doesn't break against the Panthers.  PICK: Madison 13-10

George Muha:  The Dodgers are dangerous and despite coming off a loss to Mt Lakes, I predict they’ll get back on track in this one.  Look for Madison’s Luke D'Ambola to make a dozen tackles as he keeps the Panthers to only two scores.  PICK:  Dodgers 24-10


Parsippany Hills (2-1) @ Mendham (1-3)

Brian Kenney:  The Vikings are baaaacckkkkkk.  They are ready to rock, and while the Minutemen will put up a fight, I think Par Hills will win this one convincingly.  Julio Tatis had 4 TDs last week, which is bananas.  This week he will only find the endzone twice, with over 120 yards rushing.  But that will be enough, despite Mendham's best efforts.  PICK: Hills 28-10

George Muha:  Par Hills’ Julio Tatis should give a clinic on how to hit the hole as a running back.  That kid has the fastest first step I ever saw.  The Minutemen have the ability to keep this one close and I think they do.  But I am going with Julio down by the school yard.  PICK:  Vikes 40-35


Morris Hills (0-4) @ Montville (2-2)

Brian Kenney:  The Hills have had a tough go of it, and they will keep it close, but Montville will win this one in front of the hometown fans.  Look for Billy Templeton to rack up 10 tackles a sack while forcing a turnover for the 'Stangs, who bounce back from last week's loss to the other Hills.  PICK: Montville 22-17

George Muha:  Montville has a bounce back win after a tough night vs Par Hills last week.  I predict four different Mustangs get to the endzone in a convincing win.  PICK:  Stangs 28-6


West Orange (2-1) @ Mount Olive (0-4)

Brian Kenney:  I don't think anyone thought Mt. Olive would be winless going into October, but here we are. West Orange is 2-1 and is playing good football, but I think the Marauders will get off the snide at home this week.  Look for Tanner Perez to cause a fumble on a strip sack and rack up 13 tackles in this one as Mount Olive gets their first W of the year.  PICK: Mt. Olive 17-14

George Muha:  The Marauders have struggled to get that elusive dub this season.  I do think they’ll be getting it soon but I think it’ll have to wait a week as West Orange has momentum on their side.  PICK:  WO 21-14


Roxbury (0-3) @ Warren Hills (1-2)

Brian Kenney: The Blue Streaks won a close one against Mendham last week, and look to pull out another nail biter against a better-than-their-record Roxbury squad this week.  There is no question Roxbury is missing captain Alex Maldonado on the field, and hoping he is back out there soon (as is he I'm positive of that).  Either way, the Gaels will put up a fight but fall just short.  PICK: The Hills 28-24

George Muha:  Warren Hills is this year’s cardiac kids after last week’s last minute heroics vs Mendham.  Despite Roxbry’s recent struggles, I think it all comes together for them as they start to get healthier.  PICK:  Gaels 24-21


West Morris (4-0) @ Sparta (2-1)

Brian Kenney:  Wow, get your popcorn for this one!!!  Sparta is coming off a loss to one of the best teams in the State, and now they have to play the Pack, who is another one of the best teams in the State! I don't know what else we can say about Stefano Montella.  The kid rushes for almost 200 yards and has 20 tackles on defense?  It's just insane.  I think Josh Bracy will run for 100 yards and a score, but the Pack's defense is too legit to quit.  (Do people know where that is from anymore?)  PICK: Pack 28-13

George Muha:  You know Sparta wants this one real bad as WMC has owned this rivalry as of late.  While I predict Sparta will keep this one ultra close, I just don’t see anyone stopping linemen Cope, Frayne and running back Montella.  PICK:  WMC 35-30


Morris Catholic (1–3) @ Verona (1-3)

Brian Kenney: The Hillbillies have had a tough season thus far, but will pull out a W at home over the Crusaders.  That being said, look for Morris Catholic's Matt Lahoe to rack up 10 tackles on defense and 150 yards rushing on offense for MC in the loss.  PICK: Verona 27-19

George Muha:  Bubba Lewis and the Crusaders got a much needed win last week.  I predict they’ll get their second dub in as many weeks with a road victory over the Hillbillies.  PICK:  Crusaders 30-20

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Clifton (2-1) @ Delbarton (0-3)

Brian Kenney:  Delby keeps coming close but they have not won all season.  That will change this week, when they beat a tough Clifton team.  This Robert Russo kid is the real deal, and the Green Wave's QB will throw for over 250 yards and two scores in this one.  PICK:  Green Wave 34-28

George Muha:  Delbarton is the absolute best 0-3 team in the state, taking the best teams in the state to the final quarter each week.  This week they’ll get that elusive dub with a convincing win in front of the Green Wave faithful.  PICK:  Wave 40-29


Morristown (3-1) @ Morris Knolls (3-0)

Brian Kenney:  This looks to be another fantastic game.  Morristown is taking care of business, and Knolls is just as hot.  Look for Morristown's Finn Rodgers to rack up over ten tackles against Knolls, but I think Ryan Wong will bust a long run in the final quarter to secure the win at home for the Golden Eagles.  PICK: Knolls 21-17

George Muha:  Morris Knolls’ stock has been quietly rising as they continue to win.  That trend will continue this week.  PICK:  Knolls 28-24


Dover (2-1) @ Teaneck (1-1)

Brian Kenney: The Dover Tigers keep trucking.  They are having a great season thus far and look for Anthony Trongone to hook up with Anderson Daza again in this one for at least one score.  Brandon Flynn will find the endzone as well on the ground for the Tigers.  PICK: Dover 24-22

George Muha:  I am loving all the mojo coming out of Tiger Nation.  I just don’t see how they lose after their 35-0 victory over Hopatcong.  Look for Dover to continue with their offensive output.  PICK:  Tigers 40-10


Fieldston Academy NY (1-1) @ Morristown-Beard (1-2)

Brian Kenney:  Morristown Beard is playing several schools from NY, and the last two have beat them.  Both of these squads have played MKA, and Beard beat them in their first game of the season, while Fieldston lost.  Accordingly, I'm going to go ahead and pick the Beard to win this one at home.  Ryan Novak will throw for over 150 yards and two scores in this one for MB.  PICK: Beard 29-27

George Muha:  Marcello Laracca will right the ship at MoBeard with a big performance on the ground.  Look for the junior to rush for at least 150-yards and 2 TDs.  PICK:  Crimson 30-20