Birdie feels ire of local football fans
After some bad picks in the last couple of weeks, The Birdie has received some ominous, um, fan mail.
Apparently, there is a stuffed version of me hanging in a locker room somewhere.
Well, be forewarned, I go down like a plate full of atomic wings and leave a bad taste in your mouth.
Still, I think I’ll be looking over my wing a little more often now.
Here are my red-hot picks for Week 5 — all in good fun, of course.
at Latrobe (3-1)
Both teams boast strong offenses, but Latrobe might have a few more quick-strike weapons. The Wildcats win a shock-and-awe contest.
Latrobe 38, Kiski Area 28.
at Upper St. Clair (4-0)
Plum’s grueling schedule continues with a trip to the land of Jim Render and his Panthers. The Mustangs are rendered helpless.
Upper St. Clair 34, Plum 14.
Albert Gallatin (1-3)
at Fox Chapel (0-4)
Both teams are struggling to get on track this season, but Albert Gallatin has a little more speed. The Foxes are outrun.
Albert Gallatin 21, Fox Chapel 17.
at Valley (2-2)
The Highlands offensive line and running backs will push down the field relentlessly — and keep on trucking to the New Ken bridge. The Golden Rams win the annual “Battle of the Bridge.”
Highlands 28, Valley 12.
at Kittanning (1-3)
This is a contrast in offenses. Knoch has a strong-armed quarterback and a solid set of receivers, while Kittanning relies on its running game. The Knights fly over the Wildcats.
Knoch 20, Kittanning 14.
Deer Lakes (1-3)
at Burrell (1-3)
Deer Lakes is much improved, but Burrell is tough to beat in the friendly confines. Expect the Bucs to win a close battle.
Burrell 28, Deer Lakes 21.
at Ford City (3-1)
Ford City’s defense will feast on the struggling Mars offense. The Sabers also will put up a lot of points, but this game will be decided early.
Ford City 35, Mars 6.
North Catholic (1-3)
at Freeport (1-3)
Freeport found its groove last week and will make it two in a row. The Yellowjackets sting North Catholic.
Freeport 31, North Catholic 13.
Shady Side Academy (2-2)
at Apollo-Ridge (3-1)
Apollo-Ridge was dominating in its win last week and will continue to ride a strong stable of running backs. The Vikings roll over Shady Side.
Apollo-Ridge 34, Shady Side Academy 14.
at Brentwood (1-3)
Leechburg suffered a setback last week but should come out fired up. The Blue Devils battle Brentwood down to the wire before winning a thriller.
Leechburg 20, Brentwood 15.
at Clairton (4-0)
Riverview avoided going 0-2 in conference play by defeating a very good Duquesne team last week. The Raiders will give Clairton a run before slipping late.
Clairton 33, Riverview 21.
at Serra Catholic (1-3)
After last week, it’s probably going to be awhile before The Birdie picks against Springdale. He doesn’t want to end up on a Dynamo dinner plate. The Dynamos devour the Eagles on Saturday.
Springdale 35, Serra Catholic 7.