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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.

Kiski (2-2)

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.

Plum (2-2)

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.

Highlands (3-1)

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.

Knoch (2-2)

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.

Mars (0-4)

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.

Leechburg (2-2)

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.

Riverview (2-2)

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.

Springdale (3-1)

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.

Additional Information:

Keeping score

  • Last week: 7-6 (.538).

  • Season: 29-21 (.580).


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