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The Birdie, aka 'Mr. Perfect,' likes short games

| Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 1:16 a.m.

The Birdie has been predicting games in the Valley since the Allegheny River was a puddle. He has seen football games last just more than a hour and others that have taken three times that long.

And they're getting longer.

“It used to be I could check out a game, get back for deadline, then take the bobby-sock-clad Chickadee out for malts and burgers,” said the Birdie, who predicted all 13 local games correctly last week. “Nowadays, I could watch ‘Titanic' and take the garbage out in the time it takes to finish a game.”

Here's The Birdie's hurry-up offense for Week 3 (and he has no fears of Friday the 13th):

Friday

Western Beaver (1-1) at Apollo-Ridge (1-1)

Apollo-Ridge has to work on things defensively before it gets back into conference play.

Apollo-Ridge, 28-18

Summit Academy (1-1, 1-0) at Burrell (1-1, 0-1)

Like Valley last week, Summit Academy might be too fast.

Summit Academy, 26-13

Freeport (0-2, 0-2) at Deer Lakes (0-2, 0-2)

Deer Lakes' special teams is the difference-maker.

Deer Lakes, 18-16

Ford City (1-1, 1-1) at East Allegheny (0-2, 0-2)

Ford City's defense will be tested through the air.

East Allegheny, 21-14

Latrobe (0-2) at Fox Chapel (0-2)

Latrobe almost beat Gateway.

Latrobe, 27-24

Highlands (2-0, 2-0) at Franklin Regional (2-0, 2-0)

This somewhat under-the-radar clash could be a dandy.

Franklin Regional, 22-16

Kiski Area (2-0, 2-0) at Gateway (2-0, 2-0)

Remember Kiski linemen, birds of a feather block together.

Gateway, 30-20

Kittanning (2-0) at Greensburg C.C. (0-2)

GCC is due for a win.

Greensburg C.C., 26-13

Derry (0-2, 0-1) at Knoch (1-1, 0-1)

Knoch returns to Saxonburg and evens its conference record.

Knoch, 34-23

Avonworth (2-0, 1-0) at Leechburg (0-2, 0-1)

Avonworth has former Steelers on staff, and they'll be ready.

Avonworth, 27-7

Mt. Lebanon (0-2, 0-1) at Plum (0-2, 0-2)

The Mustangs have to hold on to the football.

Plum, 15-14

Wilkinsburg (1-1, 1-1) at Springdale (0-2, 0-2)

It's been awhile since Springdale started 0-3.

Springdale, 18-15

Shady Side Academy (2-0, 2-0) at Valley (2-0, 2-0)

Valley's defense will have to play even better than last week.

Shady Side Academy, 21-20

Saturday

West Shamokin (2-0, 2-0) at Riverview (0-2, 0-2)

Nostradamus didn't see this coming. The Wolves will be 3-0.

West Shamokin, 26-13

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