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.
Below: Charter Oak is fortunate. How many teams have a 6-foot-5 back-up as talented as Thropay.
by Aram Tolegian
West Covina quarterback George Johnson has significantly less fanfare than Glendora star Chad Jeffries, but against the Tartans on Friday night, Johnson proved he can play the position pretty well himself. While Jeffries was having arguably his best game of the young season by running and throwing like the standout he’s been advertised to be, Johnson was having one of the better games of his long career.
Fred and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season.
Last Week: Robledo (14-9); Ramirez (14-9).
Season: Robledo (67-23); Ramirez (62-28).
Last week: Fred and I didn’t have a great week. We missed nine times, including Claremont over Rowland, Rosemead over San Marino and Rancho Cucamonga over Charter Oak. I was the only won in the group to pick San Dimas over Monrovia, and I got Fred by going with West Covina over Glendora. But I also gave both of those back, losing with Chino over Northview and Montclair over Workman, which Fred predicted correctly.
This week: There are some big games this week, starting with Monrovia vs. South Hills on Thursday at Covina District Field. I’m going with the Huskies to bounce back from last week’s debacle at Tesoro. I’m just not sure Monrovia can recover initially from the loss to San Dimas in which it led 28-7 with eight minutes left. The other big games are Azusa vs. La Puente in an early showdown in the Montview League; Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar and West Covina at Walnut in the Hacienda. My desk says go with Azusa, Diamond Ranch and West Covina.
Note: Fred will update his picks later
This week’s games and predictions:
Thursday, Sept. 30
Monrovia vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m.– Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Friday, October 1st
Diamond Ranch vs. Diamond Bar at Ganesha, 7:00 — Robledo (DBar); Ramirez (DRanch)
Los Altos at Rowland, 7:00pm — Robledo (Rowland): Ramirez (Rowland)
West Covina at Walnut, 7:00pm — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (WCovina)
Azusa at La Puente, 7:00pm — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Ganesha at Bassett, 7:00pm — Robledo (Ganesha); Ramirez (Bassett)
Gladstone vs. Workman at Citrus College, 7:00pm — Robledo (Workman): Ramirez (Gladstone)
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7:00pm — Robledo (SVista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Covina vs. Northview at Covina District, 7:00pm — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm — Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
San Dimas at Nogales, 7:00pm — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Bishop Amat at Cathedral, 7:00pm — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Chino Hills vs. Redlands East Valley at U. of Redlands, 7:30pm — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (Ch. Hills)
El Dorado at Damien, 7:00pm — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
El Monte at Wilson, 7:00pm — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Wilson)
Keppel at Mountain View, 7:00pm — Robledo (MView); Ramirez (Mnt View)
San Gabriel at Rosemead, 7:00pm — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Santa Fe at Charter Oak, 7:00pm — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
St. Paul at Ayala, 7:00pm — Robledo (St. Paul); Ramirez (Ayala)
Temple City at South El Monte, 7:00pm – Robledo (TCity); Ramirez (South El Monte)
Anything and anyone you want to talk about. Athlete of the week nominations and looking ahead: Is Diamond Ranch, Diamond Bar still the game of the week? DRanch has been waiting a while for this, but careful what you wish for, nobody expected the purple to be 4-0. La Puente, Azusa would have been a more sexy match-up, but the Warriors falling to Wilson took something away, though it probably still will determine the Montview League title. It’s a tough call because Walnut-West Covina became more interesting after the Mustangs’ OT win over Covina. Bishop Amat gets Wallace Gonzalez back against Cathedral, and how down will the Monrovia, South Hills loser feel on Thursday after what happened this past weekend? I don’t want the interview with that coach.
This weeks pigskin lineup
Thursday, September 30th
Monrovia vs. South Hills at Covina District, 7:00pm
Friday, October 1st
Diamond Ranch vs. Diamond Bar at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Rowland, 7:00pm
West Covina at Walnut, 7:00pm
Azusa at La Puente, 7:00pm
Ganesha at Bassett, 7:00pm
Gladstone vs. Workman at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7:00pm
Covina vs. Northview at Covina District, 7:00pm
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Nogales, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Cathedral, 7:00pm
Chino Hills vs. Redlands East Valley at U. of Redlands, 7:30pm
El Dorado at Damien, 7:00pm
El Monte at Wilson, 7:00pm
Keppel at Mountain View, 7:00pm
San Gabriel at Rosemead, 7:00pm
Santa Fe at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
St. Paul at Ayala, 7:00pm
Temple City at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Enjoy this, Chino Hills Tom’s raw footage from Bishop Amat, Damien.
Tailgating at Bishop Amat …