@blakebirchfiel1 from @PikevilleHSFB knows ‘Heavy lies the head that wears the crown.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

Shakespeare wrote the line a bit differently in his play Henry IV. In part 2 of that play you will find “uneasy is the head that wears a crown.”

The phrase has morphed into an English idiom meaning those charged with major responsibility carry a heavy burden that makes it difficult for them to relax. Burdens come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Take the burden which having a junior campaign like Blake Birchfield had in ’21 into account for instance. Birchfield had an epic season worthy of Shakespearean memorialization.

The ’23 prospect at RB carried the ball 290-times over 14-games of “on-field” action gaining 2,512-yards from scrimmage. Birchfield scored 25-rushing TDs, led the team in scoring (156-points), and even caught seven (7) passes from out of the backfield.

Birchfield was used sparingly on defense. Even in limited snaps, he recorded an INT.

So what is next for the sensational 6-0, 175-pound senior to be with the 4.5-second 40-yard dash who was a first team All-stater in ’21? Can he lead his team back to 14-victories and another 1A state title? Can he repeat the same level of production minus the players around him who have moved along to the next level of football competition?

No one knows for sure. However, if Birchfield seems anxious about the ’22 season and what people around Pikeville will (undoubtedly) expect, you might just have to excuse his anxiety. After all, Birchfield will feel plenty of pressure to accomplish everything above written.

Uneasy lies the head,…as they say!

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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