Hempfield’s resurgence has Birdie all atwitter as he makes Westmoreland County Week 4 picks
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 7:56 PM
Hempfield fever has stricken the Birdie.
He came to work Monday morning with his face painted blue and white, and he was wearing a tattered Rick Druschel throwback jersey.
Management told him to change clothes, so he put on his Gino Caesar camo jersey and Reitz-approved bucket hat instead.
“They were calling me Little Caesar,” Birdie said. “Can’t wait for Friday’s game so I can eat pizza, pizza.”
The Birdie predicted five wins and a playoff berth for the Spartans, and they’re 4-0 already, a mark they have not achieved since 1971.
He went 9-4 last week but vows to be better.
“The no-huddle Spartans have all the tools: seniors all over the field, depth, a bang-and-clang strength program that’s second to none and, most of all, belief they can win,” Birdie said. “They are for real because they’re bigger, faster and stronger. Teams can’t keep up with them.”
The Birdie has a theory he says glues everything together.
“The thing about this team is its Jeannette connections,” Birdie said. “They brought in winners to that coaching staff. And that H-back helps, too.”
• Penn-Trafford (3-1, 0-0) at Hempfield (4-0, 0-0): The game the Birdie has been waiting for. The biggest Westmoreland conference game to come along in a while. He expects this game to be much closer than Hempfield-Latrobe, and he thinks Hempfield’s defense will make a statement. Hempfield, 23-20
• California (4-0, 1-0) at Monessen (2-2, 1-0): Defense has been a staple for California in its quest to win the Tri-County South. The Trojans will pressure Monessen into bad decisions. California, 40-14
• Belle Vernon (1-2) at Thomas Jefferson (3-1): A rivalry that doesn’t seem to lose its luster despite it being a nonconference game now, BVA-TJ could be a nail-biter. Birdie: “Belle Vernon’s schedule is tougher than AP calculus.” Belle Vernon, 23-16
• Jeannette (1-3) at Charleroi (0-3): Jeannette is enjoying the soft spot on its schedule before a real grind hits in a few weeks. The Jayhawks make it a winning streak. Jeannette, 24-12
• Franklin Regional (2-1) at Shaler (2-2): A tough road stop for Franklin Regional on Saturday against an improved opponent that has some pop on offense. The Panthers will power their way to another win. Franklin Regional, 33-14
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