The Birdie is feeling lucky with his Week 2 A-K Valley football picks
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | 6:36 PM
Last week, The Birdie gave his stamp of approval to Riverview as his breakthrough team of the year. The Raiders came out and rolled Carlynton, and the old bird crowed for the next six days about how smart he is.
The Birdie considers turning luck around one of his many specialties.
“Ever since that judge said I have a touch of what some people call a ‘gambling problem,’ I’ve made it my mission to study what exactly brings good fortune to some teams and not others,” Birdie said.
His research started during the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“Senior year of high school. Morning of Game 2 of the Rangers series. Put on my black-and-gold argyle socks. Didn’t take them off until June. Pens didn’t lose again.
“Prom date thought they looked a little weird. Probably smelled a little weird by that time too. But what does The Birdie remember most about prom night? Mario got two against the Bruins and Jagr got one. Can’t argue with success.”
With his lucky horseshoe perched atop his computer monitor, The Birdie proceeded to make his Week 2 picks.
Valley (1-1) at Burrell (0-2): Could a luck turnaround be in progress in New Kensington? Was a solid win over Apollo-Ridge last week the start of something big? Valley does have more than a handful of playmakers. It’s not out of the question. Valley, 21-20
Freeport (1-1) at Quaker Valley (0-2): Perhaps the Birdie put too much stock in a season-opening loss to Indiana. That was a matchup with a good team on the road. The Yellowjackets got rolling against South Allegheny last week, and there’s no reason to think they’ll stop now. Freeport, 35-6
Knoch (2-0) at Beaver Falls (1-1): What a start for the Knights. Threw all over Hampton. Ran all over Indiana. Beaver Falls, meanwhile, is a storied program with plenty of weapons. The Birdie is picking the Tigers, but he doesn’t feel good about it. Beaver Falls, 27-26
Laurel Highlands (1-1) at Kiski Area (0-2): Two teams licking their wounds after losing to defending state champs last week — Kiski Area to Pine-Richland and Laurel Highlands to Belle Vernon. The Birdie insists the Cavaliers are more dangerous than their 0-2 start has indicated. Kiski Area, 34-21
Riverview (2-0) at Northgate (1-1): Might not have felt much like it this week, but fall is coming. And the autumn wind is a raider. The Birdie’s team of the year rolls on. Riverview, 34-20
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