The Birdie keeps his head held high heading into Week 2 in A-K Valley high school football
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 | 4:58 PM
When The Birdie shuffled out of the office late Friday night, he was little bit down.
He wasn’t even thinking about which bar’s kitchen would still be open, which is normally pretty much the only thing his bird brain obsesses about late Friday nights.
By Monday morning, though, The Birdie’s mood had improved considerably. Why? Let the old bird explain.
“You saw the Steelers game,” he squawked. “How many of you, after that perfect Pickett preseason, had a 49ers blowout win on your parlay card? Not many, I bet.”
Yes, last weekend taught The Birdie an important lesson.
“The ball isn’t round,” he said, spinning an old Wilson on his chicken finger. “You never know which way it’s going to bounce.”
This lesson should have humbled him, but unsurprisingly, it did the opposite. Humility isn’t The Birdie’s specialty.
“You try going 8-3 every week,” he crowed. “The old bird’s still got it.”
He put that theory to the test as he made his Week 3 picks:
Kiski Area (1-2) at Hampton (0-3): Don’t discount the Talbots, who have had a tough nonconference schedule (Knoch, Shaler, Central Valley), but the Cavaliers are too talented not to stack some W’s. Kiski Area, 28-27
Serra Catholic (0-3) at Burrell (1-2): The Eagles have talent but have been giving up points at an alarming rate. The Bucs, who got untracked last week, have a real shot at this one. The Birdie might be repeating his Beaver Falls mistake from last week, but … Serra Catholic, 21-20
Riverview (2-1) at Clairton (1-2): It’s a daunting task for an upstart team to compete with the perennially powerful Bears. The Raiders won’t want to hear this, but a competitive game is a moral victory in this case. Clairton, 21-19
Southmoreland (3-0) at Knoch (3-0): This one should be fun. A battle of high-octane offenses. Knights get the nod on strength of early-season schedule. Knoch, 33-27
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