The Birdie gets in the zone, makes Week 5 picks in A-K Valley football
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 5:43 PM
As 7 p.m. approached last Friday night, The Birdie was tapping away feverishly at his laptop like a hungry chicken pecking at some feed.
He decided not to attend a game in person this week like he normally does, instead declaring he was working on a project that would be the future of high school football.
“Settle in,” he shouted to pretty much no one in particular as everyone who normally would be in the office was out covering a game, “for three hours of commercial-free football.
“It’s RedZone, but for A-K Valley football games,” he said with a grin.
The Birdie frantically minimized and maximized the windows open on his laptop, each showing a different game being broadcast by Trib HSSN.
“Let’s head over to New Kensington,” The Bird bellowed, doing his best Scott Hanson impression, just before Valley’s Darnell Coaston took off on a 55-yard run.
“Quickly, let’s get over to Natrona Heights,” he shouted, highlighting a 59-yard run by Highlands’ Darius Cherry.
There are some bugs The Birdie still needs to work out with the product, of course. For example, he missed three or four touchdowns because he was late maximizing a window while his hands were full of pepperoni pizza-flavored Combos.
Still, though, he’s sure of one thing.
“Maybe my RedZone isn’t quite ready for prime time,” he admitted in a rare burst of humility, “but it’s way better than whatever that junk NFHS tries to charge people $11.99 a month for. That’s a guarantee.”
Deer Lakes (4-1) at Knoch (4-1): The Birdie LOOOOVES this matchup. The Lancers’ hard-hitting defense against the Knights’ high-flying offense. It’s the Allegheny 6 opener, and it easily could decide the conference champ. Knoch, 28-21
Highlands (4-1) at Mars (3-2): This was shaping up to be the game of the year, but Highlands is fighting injuries to key players and Mars is coming off a loss to Moon. Lots of question marks for both sides. Mars, 19-14
Shady Side Academy (3-2) at Freeport (2-3): A couple of teams having up-and-down seasons. The Bulldogs have the best win on their resume (North Catholic), so they get the nod. Shady Side Academy, 28-27
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