Birdie has a hankering for country music
LAST WEEK: 10-2 (.833)
SEASON: 46-14 (.767)
The Birdie still is recovering from the Taylor Swift concert he attended last week at Mellon Arena.
You see, he secretly loves country music.
"Guess it's not a secret any more," he said.
The Birdie bought a bright pink Taylor hoodie and wore it last week in the rainy weather.
He can't stop chirping about the concert.
"Man, what a show," the area's top high school football expert said. "I wore my gigantic Kanye West glasses. I thought they might impress Miss Swift, but this big security guy made me take them off and crushed them.
"I like that song Taylor sings where she says, 'She's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers.'
"Girl, I'm on the bleachers every week."
Now, The Birdie will swiftly negotiate Week 6:
Ford City at Shady Side Academy: The weather should be better than what Ford City had to play in last week. But Shady Side is strong at home. The Birdie wants FSN to put him on the air at halftime. Shady Side Academy, 20-17
Apollo-Ridge at Burrell: Apollo-Ridge is trying to get back to normal after some distractions. Burrell is thinking playoffs. Burrell, 26-12
Kittanning at Deer Lakes: Deer Lakes has given teams problems at home this season, but hasn't been able to finish. Kittanning has a bevvy of running backs. Kittanning, 28-21
Plum at Fox Chapel: Fox Chapel has become a fun team to watch with its new-look offense. Plum will have the best seat in the house. Fox Chapel, 27-17
Freeport at Valley: Valley has had to rally to win games this season. The Vikings can't afford to get down early this week. Big plays galore here. Freeport, 28-21
Highlands at Indiana: Highlands is having a down year, which is unusual for the program. But the Rams just can't go winless. Can they• Highlands, 20-19
Hampton at Knoch: Knoch isn't out of the playoff chase yet, but it could use a big home win to keep the run going. Knoch, 21-17
Kiski Area at Woodland Hills: Kiski Area will have its hands full with the talented Wolverines. The Cavaliers can win in a shootout, but their defense has to play well. Woodland Hills, 28-14
Leechburg at Springdale: Springdale is closing in on another postseason berth and the Blue Devils won't get in the way. Springdale, 30-7
Brentwood at Riverview: Riverview is off to a good start in conference play and can gain ground with a win over Brentwood. Riverview, 21-15