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Football: Birmingham learns it has lots of work to do

September 24, 2012 | 11:37 am

Birmingham players probably thought they were hot stuff after starting the season 3-0. Then came a 44-0 loss to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and a 55-14 loss to Newhall Hart. Let's just say they've come back to reality.

And reality is they need a lot of work to be considered an elite team in the City Section. Their immediate goal is to win the West Valley League, and they have a week off before opening the West Valley against Woodland Hills Taft.

"It's a good thing in a sense you're a little humbled," Coach Jim Rose said. "We have to work harder to play at that level."

A big question involves quarterback Trae Smith. He was suspended by Rose last week and didn't suit up against Hart after missing several practices.

Smith is back on the team but whether he's ready to go against Taft remains to be seen.

Birmingham will add a top transfer student beginning Oct. 1 when Jacob Nunez, a lineman from Granada Hills Kennedy, gains eligibility under the new CIF transfer rule. He had to sit out for a month because he didn't move.

-- Eric Sondheimer