Football: Josiah Thropay finally at QB, where he wanted to be all along after stints at Monrovia and Bishop Amat.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer

A lot is still up in the air about the quarterback situation at Charter Oak High School. But one thing that’s for certain is senior Josiah Thropay will be under center for the Chargers on Friday night against Santa Fe.

That’s because normal starter Travis Santiago is sidelined with an ankle injury that nobody quite knows the extent of how bad it is. Santiago suffered the injury on the second-to-last play of Friday’s loss to Rancho Cucamonga.

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Football: Heartwarming story of the day out of Wash.

Ike Ditzenberger, a junior at Snohomish (Wash.) High School who has Down Syndrome, achieved a major milestone on Friday in a game against Lake Stevens, running 51 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining. The “Ike Special” provided the only points in Snohomish’s 35-6 loss. It was the first varsity touchdown in Ditzenberger’s career, a ramble through an opposing defense that mirrors the end to Snohomish practices every day, when Ditzenberger gets the final run of practice and somehow finds the end zone, through a combination of running guile and intentionally passive defenders.

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Star Picks: Monrovia has the spotlight on Thursday

The Stang Fan and I will go head-to-head this week. Still no bet on what the loser has to do…

Melendez: 10-8 last week; total 43-19
Stang Fan: 13-5 last week; total 46-16

Last week was a disaster for me. Say what you want about my picks (John Wayne, Realist). This week is tough. My birthday is Thursday, and if mom finds out I went to a football game instead of dinner at her house this blog may be “From The Sidelines” with someone else. I’m sure some of you (John Wayne, Realist) would like that, but I digress. I’m planning on doing both Thursday. Should be a great game, but as you’ll see in a two-minute drill video later today, I’m picking South Hills for several reasons. As for Friday, there’s still a toss up with who gets our game of the week honors. Your call. Nice to see Arcadia swing into Pacific League action. The Apaches start league play 1-0 with their win over Pasadena, and it is when they’ll show how good they really are.

Thursday’s Game
Monrovia vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. — Melendez (South Hills)

Friday’s Games
San Gabriel at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Rosemead)
Alhambra at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (South Pasadena)
Maranatha at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Melendez (La Canada)
Arcadia at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia)
Burbank at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Muir)
Bell Gardens at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Marino)
Temple City at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Melendez (SEM)
St. Francis vs. West Ranch at Valencia, 7 p.m. — Melendez (St. Francis)
Bosco Tech at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Bosco Tech)
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Sierra Vista)
L.A. Roybal at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Gabrielino)
Keppel at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Mnt. View)
Malibu vs. Flintridge Prep at Occidental, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Flint. Prep)

Saturday’s Games
Paraclete vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Paraclete)
St. Monica vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Blair)

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